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Sports Auger-Aliassime looking for a new coach

05:05  24 november  2020
05:05  24 november  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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(Reuters) - Canadian teenager Felix Auger - Aliassime is the latest player to sign up for the Ultimate Tennis Showdown taking place in Nice next month, joining "I'm always up for a challenge and I am really counting down the days until I can share the court again with some of the best guys in the world."

Auger - Aliassime , a three-time ATP Tour finalist this season, punched his ticket after both American Frances Tiafoe and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 4. His rapid improvement should be 'scary for a lot of people'. Auger - Aliassime has been tapped by some, including former World No. 1 Andy Roddick

Félix Auger-Aliassime is looking for a new coach to help take him to the next level.

a man hitting a ball with a racket: Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada during the Men's Doubles Final on day 7 of the Rolex Paris Masters, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament held behind closed doors at AccorHotels Arena formerly known as Paris Bercy on November 8, 2020 in Paris, France. © Provided by The Gazette Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada during the Men's Doubles Final on day 7 of the Rolex Paris Masters, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament held behind closed doors at AccorHotels Arena formerly known as Paris Bercy on November 8, 2020 in Paris, France.

Auger-Aliassime ended his six-year association with Guillaume Marx last month, saying that their collaboration had  “reached its limit.”

While Auger-Aliassime will continue to work with French coach Frédéric Fontang, he said he’s looking for a coach who has guided to a player to a Grand Slam or has won such a title as a player.

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Dominic Thiem will face Felix Auger - Aliassime for a place in the US Open quarter-finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Auger - Aliassime landed 52 winners to end 2012 champion Andy Murray’s campaign in the second round and raced past Frenchman Corentin Moutet in less than two hours.

Auger - Aliassime claimed his first win against a Top 10 opponent at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he defeated reigning Next Gen ATP Finals Felix is not looking any further than the match in front of him. But with only 45 points to defend through Roland Garros, Auger - Aliassime has

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,”  Auger-Aliassime said Monday during a videoconference call. “It was time for me to seek new advice and have new challenges to take me to the next level.

“The way the points system is structured makes the Grand Slams crucial for the standings,” explained Auger-Aliassime.  “These four tournaments that have a higher priority than the other, and we are looking to find ways to put me in the best position for these four occasions, although I know that I shouldn’t neglect the rest of the calendar either.”

Auger-Aliassime said there’s no timeline for finding a new coach. It may be a difficult process because the number of people meet his criteria is limited, though the chance to work with a rising talent will be attractive.

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Felix Auger - Aliassime 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

Official tennis player profile of Felix Auger - Aliassime on the ATP Tour. Featuring news, bio, rankings, playing activity, coach , stats, win-loss, points breakdown Felix Auger - Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz save five championship points to beat Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares in the Rolex Paris Masters final.

For the second year in a row, the 20-year-old Montrealer finished the season at No. 21 in the ATP rankings and is the top-ranked player under the age of 21. He said he felt he made progress though his ranking remained the same.

“To reach three finals, to win a big doubles title in Paris and to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time at the U.S. Open, these are positives,” said Auger-Aliassime. “There were ups and downs but I got positive feedback from this year. Most importantly, I was happy with the way I elevated my game and my maturity, how I grew as a person.”

Auger-Aliassime has yet to win an ATP Tour singles event, but he has reached six finals. In his three finals appearances this year, he lost to top-10 players — Gaël Monfils in Rotterdam, Stefanos Tsitsipas in Marseille and Alexander Zverev in Cologne. At the U.S. Open, he beat former world No. 1 Andy Murray in the second round and lost to eventual champion Dominic Thiem in the round of 16.

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Felix Auger - Aliassime is one of the most prominent NextGen stars on tour with his epic rise into the While Felix is teaming up with his fellow Canadians at the ATP Cup, we take a look into his special Court 16, a unique tennis center for children in New York City, welcomed Auger - Aliassime to hit with

Auger - Aliassime went through qualifying to reach the main draw, which was an accomplishment in itself. The teen had never reached the Round of 16 at an ATP Masters 1000 event “Playing Borna, who's been established for a few years now, I definitely didn't expect to win,” Auger - Aliassime said.

Following the lead of good friend and compatriot Denis Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime played more doubles events this year to improve his net game. That decision paid off big when he teamed with Hubert Hurcacz if Poland to win the title at the Paris Masters. It was only the second time they played together but they beat four seeded teams en route to the title.

While almost half the season was wiped out because of the virus, Auger-Aliassime banked more than US$1.14 million in official earnings.

Auger-Aliassime, who is currently quarantining at home in Montreal, said it was a difficult year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There was uncertainty at several points in the year over whether we were ever going to play again and, when I look at society in general and seeing what’s happening, I feel really privileged that I had a chance to play,” he said.

That uncertainty is carrying over to 2021. The next Grand Slam on the calendar is the Australian Open. It is scheduled to begin on Jan. 14 but that date seems unlikely. There are reports that it could be pushed back to February or March.  Australian officials said they hope to confirm a date in the next two weeks.

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