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Félix Auger-Aliassime (French pronunciation: ​[feliks oʒe aljasim];[4] born August 8, 2000) is a Canadian professional tennis player. He reached a career high ATP singles ranking of No. 21 on June 10, 2019 and a career high ITF junior ranking of No. 2 on June 6, 2016. He is currently the youngest player ranked within the ATP top 100.

Félix Auger-Aliassime
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Félix Auger-Aliassime in 2015
Country (sports) Canada
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (2000-08-08) August 8, 2000 (age 18)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachGuillaume Marx
Frédéric Fontang
Prize moneyUS$1,558,228 [2]
Singles
Career record34–25 (57.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 21 (10 June 2019)
Current rankingNo. 23 (15 July 2019)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2019)
French OpenQ2 (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US Open1R (2018)
Doubles
Career record0–4 (0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 368 (7 January 2019)
Last updated on: 14 July 2019.

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Early lifeEdit

Auger-Aliassime was born in Montreal and raised in L'Ancienne-Lorette, a suburb of Quebec City. His father Sam Aliassime is from Togo and his mother Marie Auger from the province of Quebec.[5] He has an older sister Malika who also plays tennis. He started playing tennis at 4 and trained at the Club Avantage as a member of the Académie de Tennis Hérisset-Bordeleau in Quebec City.[6] In 2012, he won the Open Super Auray in the age 11 to 12 category.[7] He has been a member of Tennis Canada's National Training Centre in Montreal since the fall of 2014.[8]

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

In February 2015, Auger-Aliassime won his first ITF junior singles title at the G3 in Querétaro.[9] A week later, he won his second straight ITF junior singles title and first doubles title at the G4 in Zapopan.[10] In late August 2015, he won his first junior G1 title with a victory over compatriot Denis Shapovalov in College Park.[11] At the US Open in September 2015, his first junior Grand Slam, he reached the second round in singles and won the doubles title with fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov.[12] In October 2015, Auger-Aliassime and compatriots Denis Shapovalov and Benjamin Sigouin won the Junior Davis Cup title, the first time in history for Canada.[13] In December 2015 at the Eddie Herr International Tennis Championship, he won his second G1 singles title after defeating Alex De Minaur in the final.[14] At the junior event of the French Open in June 2016, he reached his first Grand Slam singles final where he was defeated by Geoffrey Blancaneaux in three sets, despite holding a championship point.[15] In July 2016 at Wimbledon, Auger-Aliassime advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and to the final in doubles with Denis Shapovalov.[16] At the US Open in September 2016, he won the boys' single title with a straight-sets victory over Miomir Kecmanović. He reached the doubles final as well with fellow Canadian Benjamin Sigouin.[17]

As a junior, he compiled a singles win/loss record of 79–19.

Junior Grand Slam results - Singles:

Australian Open: 3R (2016)
French Open: F (2016)
Wimbledon: QF (2016)
US Open: W (2016)

Junior Grand Slam results - Doubles:

Australian Open: 1R (2016)
French Open: 2R (2016)
Wimbledon: F (2016)
US Open: W (2015)

2015–16Edit

In March 2015 at the Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville, Auger-Aliassime became the youngest player in history to qualify for an ATP Challenger main draw at 14-and-a-half-year-old. He defeated compatriot Jack Mingjie Lin, former world No. 67 Chris Guccione and world No. 433 Fritz Wolmarans to do so. He, however, was forced to withdraw before playing his first-round match due to an abdominal strain. With the points earned, Auger-Aliassime made once again history as the first player born in the 2000s to have an ATP ranking.[18] At the Challenger Banque Nationale de Granby in July 2015, he qualified for his second ATP Challenger main draw with victories over fellow Canadian Jack Mingjie Lin and world No. 574 Jean-Yves Aubone. He won his opening round in straight sets over world No. 493 Andrew Whittington, becoming the youngest player to win a main draw ATP Challenger match.[19] In the next round, he scored an upset over world No. 205 Darian King in straight sets.[20] He was stopped by world No. 145 Yoshihito Nishioka in three sets in the quarterfinals.[21] After his run to the quarterfinals, Auger-Aliassime became the youngest player ever to break the top 800 on the ATP rankings at No. 749.[22]

In May 2016, he reached his first professional singles final at the ITF 10K in Lleida, falling to Ramkumar Ramanathan.[23] In November 2016, he won his first professional title with a victory over Juan Manuel Benitez Chavarriaga at the ITF Futures in Birmingham.[24] The next week at the Futures in Niceville, he captured his first pro doubles title with partner Patrick Kypson.[25]

2017Edit

In January, Auger-Aliassime reached the final of the ITF Futures in Plantation, but lost to Roberto Cid Subervi in three sets.[26] In March, he won the title in Sherbrooke over Gleb Sakharov, his second ITF Futures.[27] The next week, he advanced to the semifinals of the ATP Challenger 75K in Drummondville with a win over world No. 124 Peter Polansky, but lost to compatriot and eventual champion Denis Shapovalov.[28] In June at the Open Sopra Steria de Lyon, Auger-Aliassime captured his maiden ATP Challenger, becoming the first 16-year-old to win a Challenger singles title since Bernard Tomic in 2009 at the Maccabi Men's Challenger and the seventh-youngest in history.[29] In September at the Copa Sevilla, he won his second ATP Challenger title of the season after defeating former world No. 56 Íñigo Cervantes in the final.[30] After his win, he became the youngest player to break the top 200 since Rafael Nadal in December 2002 and the second-youngest to win multiple ATP Challenger titles, standing behind only Richard Gasquet.[31]

2018Edit

In February in Budapest, Auger-Aliassime captured his first ATP Challenger doubles title, defeating Marin Draganja and Tomislav Draganja with partner Nicola Kuhn.[32] Auger-Aliassime also made his debut in an ATP main draw at the Rotterdam Open, losing in three sets to world No. 38 Filip Krajinović in the first round.[33] In March at Indian Wells, he qualified for his first ATP Masters 1000 main draw. He faced fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the first round, defeating him in straight sets to win his first tour level match. He was defeated in the next round by another compatriot Milos Raonic.[34] In April, Auger-Aliassime was awarded a wildcard for the Monte-Carlo Masters where he lost his opener in three sets to world No. 55 Mischa Zverev.[35] In June at the ATP Challenger in Lyon, he successfully defended his title with a victory over Johan Tatlot in the final and became the youngest player in history to defend an ATP Challenger title.[36][37] In August, Auger-Aliassime received a wild card to compete in the main draw of the 2018 Rogers Cup. In the first round he has defeated Lucas Pouille (6–4, 6–3) and in the second round he was defeated by Daniil Medvedev (3–6, 6–4, 7–6). Auger-Aliassime earned a spot through three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the U.S. Open. He then retired in the first round (5–7, 7–5, 4–1, ret.) against countryman Denis Shapovalov after suffering from heart palpitations brought on by extreme heat.[38]

2019: 3 ATP finals, first Masters 1000 semifinal and first Top-10 winEdit

At age 18, Auger-Aliassime became the youngest-ever ATP 500 finalist with his win over Pablo Cuevas (6–3, 3–6, 6–3) to reach the Rio Open title match.[39] In the final, he lost to Laslo Đere in straight sets.[40] At his next tournament in São Paulo, Auger-Aliassime lost to Đere again - this time in the quarterfinals. At the Indian Wells Masters, he achieved his first victory against a top 10 player, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas (who was No. 10 in the ATP Rankings at that time) in straight sets in the second round. [41]

At the Miami Open, Auger-Aliassime beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the fourth round and Borna Coric in quarterfinals to become the youngest semifinalist in the tournament's history. In the semifinals, he lost to last years' champion and eventual runner-up John Isner in two tight sets, despite leading by a break in both sets.[42]

He received a wildcard to play in the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open. Auger-Aliassime made it to the second round where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal in straight sets. At the Lyon Open, he worked his way into his second ATP final, by beating John Millman, Steve Johnson and Nikoloz Basilashvili, the number 1 seed. He was then defeated by Benoit Paire in straight sets.

In the Mercedes Cup he made it to his third final, by defeating experienced players like Ernests Gulbis, Gilles Simon and Dustin Brown. He received a walkover into the final when Milos Raonic withdrew. In the final he was defeated by Matteo Berrettini, despite having set points to win the second set.

At Queen's Club, Auger-Aliassime defeated Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios, both matches were played on the same day as the tournament program was delayed by rain earlier during the week.[43] In quarterfinals, he recorded his second win against Stefanos Tsitsipas.[44] Auger-Aliassime lost in the semifinals to Feliciano López.[45]

Playing styleEdit

Felix is an all-court tennis player. He has a very effective serve, a decent volley and excellent athleticism. His ground strokes are very precise as he can make his opponent run on court and finish up at the net. His favorite surface is clay.[46] His favorite shot is his forehand and tournament is ATP Masters 1000 Canada.[47]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 3 (3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (0–3)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2019 Rio Open, Brazil 500 Series Clay   Laslo Đere 3–6, 5–7
Loss 0–2 May 2019 Lyon Open, France 250 Series Clay   Benoît Paire 4–6, 3–6
Loss 0–3 June 2019 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Grass   Matteo Berrettini 4–6, 6–7(11–13)

ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 9 (6 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (4–1)
ITF Futures (2–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 May 2016 Spain F12, Lleida Futures Clay   Ramkumar Ramanathan 6–7(1–7), 2–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2016 USA F35, Birmingham Futures Clay   Juan Manuel Benítez Chavarriaga 7–5, 7–5
Loss 1–2 Jan 2017 USA F3, Plantation Futures Clay   Roberto Cid Subervi 7–6(7–4), 6–7(3–7), 0–6
Win 2–2 Mar 2017 Canada F2, Sherbrooke Futures Hard (i)   Gleb Sakharov 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 3–2 Jun 2017 Lyon, France Challenger Clay   Mathias Bourgue 6–4, 6–1
Win 4–2 Sep 2017 Seville, Spain Challenger Clay   Íñigo Cervantes 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–3
Win 5–2 Jun 2018 Lyon, France Challenger Clay   Johan Tatlot 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 6–2
Loss 5–3 Jun 2018 Blois, France Challenger Clay   Scott Griekspoor 4–6, 4–6
Win 6–3 Oct 2018 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Challenger Hard   Kamil Majchrzak 6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (1–0)
ITF Futures (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2016 USA F36, Niceville Futures Clay   Patrick Kypson   Patrick Daciek
  Dane Webb
7–5, 6–1
Win 2–0 Feb 2018 Budapest, Hungary Challenger Hard (i)   Nicola Kuhn   Marin Draganja
  Tomislav Draganja
2–6, 6–2, [11–9]

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2016 French Open Clay   Geoffrey Blancaneaux 6–1, 3–6, 6–8
Win 2016 US Open Hard   Miomir Kecmanović 6–3, 6–0

Doubles: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2015 US Open Hard   Denis Shapovalov   Brandon Holt
  Riley Smith
7–5, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 2016 Wimbledon Grass   Denis Shapovalov   Kenneth Raisma
  Stefanos Tsitsipas
6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 2016 US Open Hard   Benjamin Sigouin   Juan Carlos Aguilar
  Felipe Meligeni Alves
3–6, 6–7(4–7)

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A Q2 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A Q2 A 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
US Open A A Q2 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0 / 2 2–2 50%
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A 2R 3R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Miami Open A A A Q1 SF 0 / 1 5–1 83%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 50%
Madrid Open A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Italian Open A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A Q1 A 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 9–5 0 / 8 11–8 58%
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A QR 0 / 0 1–1 50%
Career statistics
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 10 13 23
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 3 3
Hardcourt Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–7 7–3 0 / 10 11–10 52%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 13–9 0 / 11 15–12 56%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–2 0 / 2 6–2 75%
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–10 26–14 0 / 23 32–24 54%
Win % 37% 65% 57.14%
Year-end ranking 760 601 162 108 $1,417,369

Record against top 10 playersEdit

Auger-Aliassime's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface.

* Statistics correct as of 21 June 2019.

Wins over top 10 opponentsEdit

  • Auger-Aiassime has a 2–4 (.333) record against players who were ranked in the top 10 at the time the match was played.
Season 2017 2018 2019 Total
Wins 0 0 2 2
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score FAAR
2019
1.   Stefanos Tsitsipas No. 10 Indian Wells Masters, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 6–2 58
2.   Stefanos Tsitsipas No. 6 Queen's Club Championships, London, United Kingdom Grass QF 7–5, 6–2 21

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