Auger Aliassime- Career Trajectory & Olympics 2020

Auger Aliassime

Felix Auger Aliassime, born August 8th, 2000, is an expert Canadian tennis player. He is the youngest player positioned in the top 20 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and is No. 15th on the planet. He has eight-second place finishes in singles and one singles title on the ATP Tour. 

 Aliassime was born in Montreal and brought up in L’Ancienne-Lorette, a suburb of Quebec City. His dad Sam Aliassime moved from Togo, and his mom Marie Auger is of French-Canadian descent. He has an older sister Malika who also plays tennis. He began playing tennis at four and prepared at the Club Avantage as an individual from the Académie de Tennis Hérisset-Bordeleau in Quebec City. 

Aliassime is an all-court tennis player. His favorite surface to play on is clay. His most loved shot is the forehand, and his goal is the Rogers Cup. As a player, he accumulated a singles win/losses record of 79–19. 

Career Milestones and rise to the top

In 2012, he won the Open Super Auray in the age 11 to 12 category. He has been a part of Tennis Canada’s National Training Center in Montreal since fall 2014. 

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In May 2016, he went up to his first singles finals at the $10K in Lleida, losing to Ramkumar Ramanathan. In November 2016, he won his first expert title, with a triumph over Juan Manuel Benitez Chavarriaga at the ITF Futures in Birmingham. The following week at the Futures in Niceville, he won his first doubles title with Patrick Kypson. In January, Auger-Aliassime got to the finals of the ITF Futures in Plantation, yet lost to Roberto Cid Subervi in three sets. In March, he came upon the title in Sherbrooke Gleb Sakharov, his second ITF Futures. The following week, he progressed to the elimination rounds of the ATP Challenger $75K in Drummondville with a win over world No. 124 Peter Polansky. However, lost to comrade and inevitable hero Denis Shapovalo. In June at the Open de Lyon, Auger-Aliassime caught his lady ATP Challenger, turning into the initial 16-year-old to win a Challenger singles title since Bernard Tomic in 2009 at the Maccabi Men’s Challenger and the seventh-youngest ever. In September at the Copa Sevilla, he won his second ATP Challenger title in the wake of overcoming the previous world No. 56, Íñigo Cervantes, in the finals. 

After his success, he turned into the youngest player to enter the best 200 since Rafael Nadal in December 2002 and the second youngest to win various ATP Challenger titles, behind Richard Gasquet. At age 18, Auger-Aliassime turned into the youngest ever ATP 500 finalist with his success over Pablo Cuevas (6–3, 3–6, 6–3) to arrive at the Rio Open championship at the Indian Wells Masters. He accomplished his first triumph against a best ten player, overcoming Stefanos Tsitsipas (who was No. 10 in the ATP Rankings around then) in straight sets in the second round. He got a wild card to play in the Madrid Open. Aliassime came to the second round, where he was crushed by Rafael Nadal in straight sets. 

At Wimbledon, he entered as the nineteenth seed and acquired his first win as a star in quite a while by overcoming comrade Vasek Pospisil. After beating Corentin Moutet in four sets, he lost to Ugo Humbert in the third round. At the US Open, he lost in the first round to Denis Shapovalov for the second consecutive year. At the 2020 Australian Open, Auger-Aliassime lost in the first round to Ernests Gulbis. Auger-Aliassime was ranked fifteenth at the 2020 US Open and progressed to the fourth round after crushing Thiago Monteiro, Andy Murray, and Corentin Moutet in the initial three rounds. He then lost in straight sets to the subsequent seed and inevitable hero Dominic Thiem. 

In October, he came to the finals of the Bett1 Hulks Indoors competition in Cologne, Germany, losing to the home top pick, Alexander Zverev. Aliassime asserted the pair’s title at the Paris Masters with accomplice Hubert Hurkacz, saving five title wins in his first doubles finals. 

First Grand Slam quarterfinal, top 15 

  • At the 2021 Australian Open, Auger-Aliassime lost in the fourth round to Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev. 
  • In April, he employed Rafael Nadal’s uncle and previous mentor- Toni Nadal as another mentor in front of the mud court season. At the Halle Open, he arrived at the elimination rounds by a shocking loss to 10-time competition champion, the fifth seed, and youth symbol Roger Federer in the second round to get his fourth Top-10 triumph (4-15) and probably the greatest win of his profession. 
  • He then crushed qualifier, Marcos Giron, in the quarterfinals yet lost to Ugo Humbert. 
  • At Wimbledon, he arrived at his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a five-set win over world No. 6 and fourth seed Alexander Zverev, beating the German 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 for just the fifth Top-10 win of his profession. He turned into the fifth Canadian man to arrive at the Wimbledon quarter finals after tenth seed Denis Shapovalov did the same in a similar competition. 
  • It denoted the first occasion when two Canadian men together arrived at a Grand Slam quarterfinal. With this fruitful run, he entered the best 15 in the rankings. 

Olympics’ 2020

Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated from singles play at the Tokyo Olympics after losing an unexpected 6-4, 7-6 (2) match to Australian Max Purcell in the first round Sunday. 

Purcell, positioned 190th on the planet, was to play in the men’s singles competition. To replace him came the double-cross reigning champ Andy Murray without prior notice. Murray pulled out of the match before Sunday due to a right quadriceps injury. While the challenge was confusing on paper, it was the 23-year-old Australian who directed the procedures. Aliassime, who turns 21 on August 8th, never got into any cadence, except for a three-game series of wins that saw him go from down 1-3 to up 4-3 in the next set. 

The Montrealer’s game, in any case, did not satisfy hopes. Aliassime struggled with his serving game. He just finished 51% of his first serves (42 of 82) and nine twofold blame. Aliassime then directed his concentration toward the doubles, which started within a week, with colleague Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa. Canadians Dabrowski, Auger-Aliassime, lost the first round in straight sets. Canada’s last possibility for a tennis award at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games had been wiped out. Gabriela Dabrowski and Felix Auger-Aliassime lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Beaten by Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the opening round of the double’s competition. The pair was Canada’s final tennis competitor in the Games.

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