‘Toni Nadal can only bring positives to Auger-Aliassime’s game and mindset’, says Novak Djokovic
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic believes Toni Nadal coaching Felix Auger-Aliassime can only bring positives, and that the Canadian is one of the world’s best young players.
Toni Nadal – uncle and former coach of 20-time major winner Rafael Nadal – started working with 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime ahead of this week’s Monte Carlo Masters.
“I know Felix has spent quite a bit of time in the past couple years at Rafa’s academy training and getting advice and mentorship from Toni when he was there,” Djokovic said in a pre-tournament interview.
“Toni probably was excited to explore a new project, a new adventure on the tour with one of the best young tennis players in the world at the moment.
“Felix is a great guy. He’s someone that has hard-working ethics, which is something that is very important for Toni. I wish them all the best. It’s nice to see Toni on the tour.
Some good vibes from today’s practice 😀👇🏽First match tomorrow 💥💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/nfUm7Zg3EV
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) April 11, 2021
“Obviously he’s had his mark with Rafa for so many years. I feel like he can only bring positives to Felix’s game and mindset.”
The 33-year-old Serbian is the top seed at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event, and will face either Jannik Sinner or Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round.
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