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Felix Auger-Aliassime: The Canadian young gun making his mark at Indian Wells

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 11 Mar 2019
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed his first top 10 win at Indian Wells over Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • The 18-year-old has already shattered a number of records in his rise up the rankings
  • Could he become the next big thing in men's tennis?
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Could rising teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime become the next big rock star of men’s tennis? Get to know the 18-year-old Canadian a little better before he attempts to make the Indian Wells Masters fourth round on Monday!

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Born in Montreal, Auger-Alliasime has a Togolese father and a Canadian mother and began honing his tennis skills as a four-year-old in Quebec City. He swiftly developed an obvious talent for the sport and was soon dominating the junior circuit across Canada.

It wasn’t long before Auger-Aliassime began breaking records at professional level. During the same season he captured his first ITF junior titles (beating the likes of compatriot Denis Shapovalov and Alex de Minaur), Auger-Aliassime made history when he became the youngest player to qualify for a Challenger main draw, doing so in the 2015 season at 14 years of age in Drummondville. Later that year he would become the youngest player to win a Challenger main draw match, when after qualifying, he beat Andrew Whittington in the opening round of Granby. He would go on to make the quarter-finals and rise into the top 800 - the youngest player to do so since the introduction of computer rankings.

Felix Auger-Aliassime is making an impact at Indian Wells (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Auger-Aliassime would cap a superb 2015 by teaming with close friend Shapovalov to win the junior Davis Cup title for Canada for the first time in the nation’s history, while he scaled new heights in 2016, beating Miomir Kecmanovic to win the 2016 U.S. Open boy’s title - his first junior major triumph.

Leaving the junior circuit behind, Auger-Aliassime secured his first Challenger title when he reigned supreme on the clay of Lyon in 2017, becoming the first 16-year-old since Bernard Tomic in 2009 to win singles silverware at that level and the seventh-youngest player in history. After taking home his second Challenger title in Sevilla later that year, he was the youngest player since Rafael Nadal to break into the top 200 and the second-youngest to capture multiple Challenger trophies, behind Richard Gasquet.

The records kept tumbling last year as Auger-Aliassime became the youngest player to successfully defend a Challenger title when he did so in Lyon, while he also began to make moves at ATP level, qualifying for his first Masters 1000 main draw at Indian Wells and claiming his first win by beating countryman Vasek Pospisil in the opening round (and you guessed it, he’s the youngest winner in Masters 1000 history since the tournaments were categorised as such from 1990). Auger-Aliassime would go on to register his first top 20 scalp over Lucas Pouille in the Canada Masters and qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at the U.S. Open, where unfortunately he was forced to retire against Shapovalov in the first round due to heart palpations.



Auger-Aliassime has had a history of heart problems - he was diagnosed with tachycardia early on in his career and has retired on multiple occasions before due to the condition, but he and his medical team have been managing the situation, and thankfully, he hasn’t experienced the issue in match conditions since.

After making his first ATP quarter-final in Chengdu towards the end of 2018, Auger-Aliassime has taken his game to fresh new heights over the first couple of months in 2019 as he closes in on a top 50 debut. The 18-year-old became the youngest player to reach an ATP 500 final when he did so in Rio de Janeiro last month, losing to Laslo Djere in the final, while this week in Indian Wells he has made his first Masters 1000 third round, securing a maiden top 10 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas - someone he had a 3-0 record against in juniors - in the second round.

"I wasn’t sure what to expect. I definitely didn’t expect to win that way," Auger-Aliassime said after the 6-4 6-2 win. "But I believed in myself, was able to impose my game like I did in the first round, and that’s it."
"I know him well and I felt like maybe those three wins that I got in juniors gave me a little bit of an edge mentally," Auger-Aliassime added.

The teenage sensation will look to make the fourth round of a Masters 1000 event for the first time when he meets Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka on Monday.

Auger-Aliassime vs Nishioka is live from Indian Wells on Stadium 2 around 4.00pm local time on Monday March 11 (11.00pm GMT).

In the meantime, check out these Auger-Aliassime fast facts and get to know him and his family a little better in the video below!

  • He shares the same birthday as Roger Federer (8th of August)
  • He speaks both French and English after growing up in Quebec
  • His favourite surface is hardcourt and his favourite shot is his forehand
  • He’s a big NHL fan and supports the Montreal Canadiens
  • He’s coached by Guillaume Marx and Frederic Fontang
  • His nickname is FA2
  • If he wasn’t a tennis player, he’d like to be an artist
  • He enjoys playing piano in his spare time
  • Roger Federer is his idol


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