Auger-Aliassime’s Rise To Super-Stardom
It tends to leave you with a strange sensation of disparity. Young Canadian men’s tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime’s statement that despite now being able to buy just about any flashy supercar under the sun, he can’t really, because he does not yet a have a driver’s license. What young Felix does have is a whole lot of talent and dedication; traits that have catapulted the 18-year old Montreal resident to tennis super-stardom.
Auger-Aliassime recently arrived back home after a very impressive stint at this year’s Miami Open, and during a press conference in Montreal, said that everything had been happening very quickly indeed. Success, said the young star, crept up on him quicker than what he had initially anticipated. Auger-Aliassime now officially ranks 33rd on the ATP Tour rankings list, and is the youngest semi-finalist in the 35-year history of the tournament.
Felix may have lost to John Isner in Miami, but that didn’t prevent him from having climbed an impressive 24 positions on the rankings list.
In For The Win
But Miami’s performance was by no means a stroke of luck; the young Canadian had also made it all the way into the final of the Rio Open in February, and into the quarterfinals at Sao Paulo’s Brazil Open. South America, says the young star, saw him really get into the rhythm of things; playing a lot and gaining confidence without having the time to think about it too much, has helped everything to fall into place in a very natural kind of way.
In world-class tennis, especially when having to compete against the world’s best, a mental edge is every bit as important as a physical one. Auger-Aliassime certainly appears to have this completely under control. Commenting on his newfound confidence, he said that he was now in the kind of mind-set that allows him to believe that every last tournament tackled can be won.
Only No. 1 Will Do
It’s no surprise really; confidence would indeed come naturally to any young tennis player being referred to as impressive and strongly reminding of the likes of Raphael Nadal, by none other than the man considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time; Roger Federer.
To Auger-Aliassime, a compliment of this magnitude from someone like Federer is to him a personal vindication that he is indeed following the right path. But with that having been said, the young player does realise that there is a lot of room for improvement yet, especially thanks to his propensity to become nervous and make mistakes when the heat is on.
Also, the fact that he will soon be moving to Monaco in order to be able to train with the best in the world without the effort of having to travel long and exhausting distances, is something positive to look forward to.
When all is said and done, says the young player, the ultimate dream remains making it all the way to winning a Grand Slam tournament and ranked 1st in the world.