The Tiger-Cats and Blue Bombers battle for the championship. The teen, who finished 2018 ranked 108th in the world, vaulted to No. Auger-Aliassime anticipates a challenge in playing matches without fans. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. “But he’s handling it well because he has a great education from his parents. “I cannot really think of a limit,” said the coach. 10 John Isner of the U.S. “He doesn’t kick back and relax too much. “This was a good test for him to be playing these European, clay-court challengers (last year),” ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert said. Veteran Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., opened with a 6-4, 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey on Saturday. Consistency will be key for Auger-Aliassime through the next several tournaments, Gilbert added. But I'm fine to play almost every week until the end of the year.”. This comes after a number of men's and women's players, including Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty, pulled out of this year's U.S. Open due to coronavirus concerns. Here’s Felix, his dad, and their pals. Minutes after speaking with reporters about a tough semifinal loss at the Miami Open last month, Félix Auger-Aliassime returned to the court to work on his game. He quickly found his rhythm, however, winning 11 of the last 12 points in the opening set before dominating the second set. Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime returns to John Isner during their semifinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament on March 29, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Montreal ace Auger-Aliassime buoyed by quick climb up tennis rankings, Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime drops semifinal against John Isner, Montreal teen Félix Auger-Aliassime gets Monte Carlo wild card, Montreal's Auger-Aliassime beats Munar to advance to Rio Open semifinal, Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime targets top-50 tennis ranking in 2019, tap here to see other videos from our team. “What was special was the energy and the intensity in what he was doing,” Marx said. 33 after becoming the youngest semifinalist in Miami tournament history.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 22, 2020. Denis Shapovalov also won, defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3. Veteran Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., opened with a 6-4, 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey on Saturday. "He wants to get better. “And to see him come through those and get better was a great sign.”. The coach remembers a lanky kid who was already hitting the ball “quite hard.”. The next issue of Montreal Gazette Headline News will soon be in your inbox. “On clay courts, you have to learn how to beat the point, mentally you have to be strong because the rallies are longer,” he explained. Auger-Aliassime will participate in the upcoming Grand Slam and he trusts that tournament, along with other future tour stops, will be safe to play through during the pandemic. Prior to the restart, the 20-year old spent down time with his family back in Montreal before travelling to Monaco in May to train. We can see it every day.". Ontario realtors are being urged to stop hosting open houses again amid a resurgence of COVID-19. Like many teens, Auger-Aliassime often updates his Twitter and Instagram, sharing photos from his most recent match or cheering the accomplishments of fellow young Canadian tennis stars like his “big bro” Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu. He and his older sister Malika were raised in a suburb of Quebec City where his mom, Marie Auger, worked as a teacher and his dad, Sam Aliassime — who came to Canada from Togo in West Africa — runs a tennis academy. “If I feel tired or if I've played too many tournaments in a row, maybe I'll skip one. Auger-Aliassime feels they're an improvement over his usual accommodations for tournaments.

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"He wants to get better. Away from the court, the burgeoning star is simply mature and kind, thanks to a great upbringing, Fontang said. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Auger-Aliassime has been getting better all year. “It'll depend on my results,” Auger-Aliassime said. Strength and conditioning coach Nicolas Perrotte started working with Auger-Aliassime around that time to help him build stamina and endurance, and improve his coordination. He’s the youngest player in the top 100. “I think he knows that he has to stay feet on earth and he knows that he has to also keep enjoying playing,” he said. 3 Alexander Zverev of Germany in the second round of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 event. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Occasionally, he’ll post a video of the latest song he’s learned to play on piano or a picture from a recent photo shoot.

If you don't see it please check your junk folder. The Montreal native is staying in his own private player suite located inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, where you can spot the venue's main court out the window. Join the mailing list to receive daily email updates, Montreal phenom Auger-Aliassime has special energy, intensity: coaches. It’s inside of him because he likes playing.

© 2020 Montreal Gazette, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. But he doesn’t stress much about the pressure or attention, Perrotte said. “If (Auger-Aliassime) develops a monster serve, watch out,” he said. Obviously, I think he’s going to be very strong.

Please try again. We encountered an issue signing you up. “He’s just 18, but there’s a lot of expectation around him, of course, with the media, from himself, from the world of tennis who are expecting a lot from the next generation,” he said.

The teen’s friend and doubles partner, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., has a much bigger serve despite being about four inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter, Gilbert said. restaurants coping with restrictions, York Region prepares for modified stage 2. Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada plays a forehand against Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina in their first-round match of the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters on April 16, 2019, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. “It was maybe a little bit of therapy for him. Auger-Aliassime has made great strides in the past year, and the improvement has been reflected in his rapid rise through the international rankings. Auger-Aliassime … We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. It's a weird feeling.” he said. “It’s a lot of fun to watch.”. Following the U.S. Open, Auger-Aliassime says he plans on playing in Rome, Hamburg, and the rescheduled French Open in late September. It’s very important to him.”.

Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. Sam Aliassime sensed he was being followed one day by a police car in his Quebec neighbourhood while driving to his apartment so he pulled to the side of the road.

The plan was to work on the technical aspects of the game to developer a sharper, more precise technique, Fontang said.

Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Montreal Gazette, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. Felix Auger-Aliassime celebrates match point against Juan Ignacio Londero in their first-round match at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 16, 2019, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Auger-Aliassime knows that people are expecting big things from him. He and his coaches talk about a wide variety of subjects while on the road, from tennis tactics to politics. “It's a really private suite for you and your team,” he said. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II), Milos Raonic, of Canada, serves to Sam Querrey, of the United States, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in New York. Photo courtesy of bellartist.com. Auger-Aliassime returned to the court with a convincing 6-4, 6-1 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia on Saturday in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open. Read more about cookies here. “I always thought that if they're going to play, I'm going to come,” Auger-Aliassime said. A welcome email is on its way. Auger-Aliassime’s first ATP Tour final came on clay at the Rio Open this year and he’s gearing up for the French Open, the lone clay-court Grand Slam, next month. “When I look at the big stadiums and I practise on them, you feel like that's what it's going to look like when you play a tournament. “My dad messaged me the other day and said ‘I have three pieces of advice: Keep working hard, stay the same person and find a school’,” Auger-Aliassime said. "He doesn't kick back and relax too much," longtime coach Guillaume Marx says of teen ace. “He’s very committed, so it’s easy to work with him,” he said. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. He’ll face a tougher test on Wednesday against world No. Last year, Auger-Aliassime and his coaching team decided to spend more time playing on clay courts at smaller tournaments, skipping a shot at qualifying for Wimbledon in the process. The decision has paid off. At such a young age, the 18-year-old Canadian was already demonstrating compassion and a sense of empathy. This is Auger-Aliassime's first ATP tournament since late February when he reached the round of 16 of the Mexican Open. How far he’ll go remains to be seen, Marx said.

We are trying to focus on the process.”.

Auger-Aliassime hopes to build on what has been a promising 2020 so far, even if it feels like it happened years ago. His dad coached him until he was 12 when Félix moved to Montreal to train at the National Tennis Centre. Rust from the layoff was apparent early, as Auger-Aliassime went down a break twice in the first set. Tennis has long been a way of life for Auger-Aliassime. Felix Auger-Aliassime Parents and Ethnic Background. I'm going to try to, obviously, play as good as I was playing at the start of this year and have similar results.”.

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