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17-year-old, Montreal-based Felix Auger-Aliassime is past the 614th at the 162nd largest in the world by 2017.
The tennis quebec Félix Auger-Aliassime account well be up to the expectations of Tennis Canada, which had said last week to expect his appearance on the international stage next season, as has been done in a spectacular way, his countryman and friend, Denis Shapovalov in 2017.
Far from being intimidated, Auger-Aliassime did not parade Wednesday afternoon when he was asked to name his goals for the less ambitious — for the next campaign of ATP.
“I would like to qualify for all the tournaments of the Grand Slam next year, but I’m going to start by the Australian, he said bluntly during a conference call organized by Tennis Canada. I would like to be part of the main board to the International of the Usa, and finish the year in the top-100. I believe that if I put good things in place, it will be very accessible. “
Of course, what had caught the attention during the final campaign of the organization, it was the announcement of the invitation of the Swiss Roger Federer to Auger-Aliassime could train with other professional players of the circuit of the ATP in Dubai in December. The main party has, however, attempted to minimize the importance of such an invitation.
“I have a lot of things to work on my own before that, but it is a very good opportunity to learn from the best, said Auger-Aliassime. You always want to improve, comparing themselves to the best in the world, so it will be necessary that I take advantage of it. “
Auger-Aliassime overflows with confidence, because he knows that he can build on good foundations. Last June, he won the Challenger of Lyon in defeating Mathias Bourgue 6-4, 6-1 in the final and, in September, he took away the honors of the Challenger in Seville, beating in the final Inigo Cervantes 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3. The province has therefore become the youngest player since Rafael Nadal in 2002, to enter the top 200 of the ATP.
The Montreal 17-year-old is well past the 614th at the 162nd largest in the world by 2017, although progress has been slowed by a major injury to a wrist, which has been forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup in Montreal in August. Experience disappointing, but very formative, with its own opinion.
“I learned a lot of things. Already, in one year on the professional circuit, I have won two titles, I took part in the finals and I spent two months injured. I hope it will not happen again, but it is not impossible, so I’ve learned to deal with it and it has given me lots of experience. My injury [wrist] has also allowed me to improve myself technically, particularly at the level of my backhand. Somehow, I lost time, but I also won because I was able to move forward. “
Auger-Aliassime has assured that the injury to a wrist is fully healed since the International of the United States, and it is therefore ready to resume his ascent to the highest peaks.
“I have to work on many aspects of the physical [before I go to Australia], he explained. I played a lot after the International United States, so I have to rebuild some things as my endurance, my muscles and the stabilizers, my mobility, etc .. And of course my technique, because I’m still young and I want to be more powerful and more accurate. All this will help me to climb the leaderboard. “
The Davis Cup would be a ” dream come true “
Moreover, the name of Auger-Aliassime has been circulating in the wake of the announcement Wednesday of the duel of the first round of the world Group of the Davis Cup between Canada and Croatia.
The Croatian Association of tennis will host the canadian delegation to Osijek, where the duel will be played on short inside of clay, from 2 to 4 February. Even if the composition of the training will be disclosed later, the main interested party has not concealed that he would like to live this experience for the first time in his career — as he excels on this surface.
“I hope to be able to participate, because I have had success on the clay, but nothing is sure. I’ll first try to qualify me for the main draw of the Australian open, and then we’ll see, he mentioned. It was good to play the Davis Cup junior, but this would be a dream come true to participate in the true. “
Davis cup : Canada will face Croatia
Toronto — The canadian team of Cup Davis will be travelling to Croatia for its game of the first round of the world Group in February. The Croatian Association of tennis will host the canadian delegation to Osijek, where the duel will be played on short inside of clay, from 2 to 4 February. Canada and Croatia will face each other for the first time in the Davis Cup.