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Players to watch in 2020/21: Felix Auger-Aliassime

If the tennis tour does return in 2020 or early 2021 then who are the players to watch out for? Which youngsters could make the biggest impact. Here tennishead picks a player who could make a real impact: Felix Auger-Aliassime


Although his second half of 2019 was not as productive as the first, Felix Auger-Aliassime emerged as a player to be feared with some outstanding performances. In the spring the 19-year-old Canadian reached the finals in Rio, Lyon and Stuttgart and made the semi-finals in Miami. An ankle injury brought his season to a premature end, but he started 2020 ranked No 21 in the world, 87 places higher than he did in 2019.


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Felix Auger-Aliassime career statistics

Felix Auger Aliassime 2019 statistics


Felix Auger-Aliassime personal profile

  • Nicknames are FA2 and Ogr.
  • Speaks French and English.
  • Began playing tennis at age 5 with his dad.
  • Father, Sam Aliassime, is a tennis coach and originally from Togo; mother, Marie Auger, is a teacher; sister, Malika, also plays tennis.
  • Favourite surface is hard, shot is forehand and tournament is ATP Masters 1000 Canada.
  • Idol growing up was Roger Federer, with whom he shares a birthday. Trained together in Dubai following 2017 season.
  • Dream opponent is Yannick Noah.
  • Enjoys playing piano and performed at 2019 ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo player party.
  • If he wasn’t a tennis player, he would be an artist.
  • Supports Montreal Canadiens (NHL).
  • Practises at Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal.
  • Fitness trainer is Nicolas Perrotte.


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