Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of the brightest young prospects on the ATP Tour right now. The 21-year old turned Pro in 2017 and is quickly rising in the rankings. He is yet to break into the top-10 but was World No. 15 for a brief period of time. He is currently ranked World No. 17.
The Canadian has reached 8 finals in his short career but is yet to win a title so far. He has a Doubles title but has been unlucky in winning a singles title. He has been improving consistently across seasons and with the famous Toni Nadal in his camp as his coach, big things are expected from the youngster.
Speaking ahead of his participation in the 2021 Cincinnati Masters, Felix talked about why every tournament is important for him and how he values every tournament equally. Being asked what is the significance of the Masters tournament before the Grand Slam events, Felix said, “I mean, of course, it is an important event too. I don’t see it as like, oh, I’m preparing for the US Open,”
“In Djokovic’s case, when he’s trying to achieve what he’s trying to achieve. maybe, but at my age and the point of my career, every tournament is important,” said Felix.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is the 2nd highest ranked Canadian in ATP rankings
Canadian tennis has seen a rise with young guns coming up on both the WTA and ATP Tour. Along with Felix, 22-year old Denis Shapovalov is also quickly rising and has already broken into the Top-10 rankings. He made it to the semi-finals of the 2021 Wimbledon Championships before losing out to defending and eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
Felix also had a good run at the Grand Slam reaching the quarter-finals before losing to eventual runner-up Matteo Berrettini. Felix also reached the finals of the 2021 Murray River Open and then at the 2021 Stuttgart Open but the wait for his maiden title still continues.
Aliassime will take on Russian Karen Khachanov who was the Silver medallist at the recently concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympics where Felix suffered a shocking first-round defeat.