This is certainly not the pandemic coronavirus that will prevent the Québécois Félix Auger-Aliassime to contribute to a better world.
The tennis player, who planned to pay money to a humanitarian project in Togo at every point won during a tournament in 2020, has just decided to go ahead, according to a similar formula, relying on its performance of last year.
As calculated by the web site of the european media Eurosport, which published this week an extensive report on Auger-Aliassime, more than $ 33,000 will be awarded in the program EduChange, despite the cancellation of the tournaments of Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, Barcelona and Lyon. The objective : help the education of children in Togo, the native country of his father located in Africa.
“It’s not that my career would not make sense without this project, but it is just that it takes things to another level, said Auger-Aliassime, quoted by Eurosport. It gives a lot of meaning to what I do on the court.”
Beyond the humanitarian project that he has at heart and for the reminder of the hashtag #FAAPointsForChange, Auger-Aliassime summed up his thinking about his meteoric rise.
“Even though everything happened quickly, I did it the right way, without forcing things and trying to stay calm, said the young man of 19 years, which is the 20th largest in the world. So I climbed fast on the ranking, it is that I’ve been there one step at a time.”
Even today, Auger-Aliassime takes things as they come.
“I have to adapt to my new life, this new pressure, noted the Québécois living in Europe. So far I’ve been lucky, because the periods of adaptation have been of short duration, but they are still there.”
A lot of money!
During this long story, an anecdote reports about the French tennis player Gilles Simon said at a conversation at sticks broken earlier this year.
“This guy is going to win a lot of money”, said Simon, talking about the Auger-Aliassime.
Not far away, alex smiled, not without being a bit puzzled.
“He told me that all the time, every week!”, reply the young man.
Hear talk about money, it is also part of the new reality of Auger-Aliassime. Minimally, regardless of its gains, the Quebec is held responsible for paying back a portion in order to help others.