Canadian Tennis is on the rise again. Thanks to Felix Auger-Aliassime. The young star claimed the ATP 500 Rotterdam title this season. It will be the start of something great for Auger-Aliassime.
Felix Auger-Aliassime on the rise
There has been a noticeable change around Felix Auger-Aliassime and his tennis. The young Canadian had been there or there bouts for the last couple of years. Making finals but never quite getting over the line to claim a singles trophy.
The Canadian knew something new was needed, and when the opportunity of a lifetime came up he took it. After all, he appointed as his coach someone who arguably had an influence on one of the greatest male players of all time.
Auger-Aliassime hired Toni Nadal, the ex coach and uncle of Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard won the 2022 Australian Open to take his Grand Slam total to 21. This in itself was a remarkable achievement, but as Nadal had to come back from injury to do so, made it even greater.
Toni Nadal was instrumental in getting his nephew to many titles and grand slam titles. When Rafa made history by claiming the 10th title at Roland Garros, his uncle was in his coaching box. They parted ways that same year. Toni took a break from coaching, but was lured back by Auger-Aliassime.
The Canadian shows that by appointing Nadal as his coach, he means business. Auger-Aliassime results have improved since the coaching change. He quickly reached the final in the Murray River Open and Stuttgart open before grabbing a spot in the US Open semifinal.
Auger-Aliassime also entered the Top 10 for the first time with Nadal in his corner. What ever Toni has been saying has obviously worked. The Canadian destroyed the field in Rotterdam, losing only two sets on his way to the title. After eight finals, Auger-Aliassime finally won one.
This should be the turning point for Auger-Aliassime. After all, claiming a title at a 500 event is no easy thing, but the way the Canadian achieved it was something else. Expect to see a lot more of this young man, his tennis can only improve from here.
It shouldn’t be too long before Auger-Aliassime claims his first Grand Slam, and expect it to be one of many. Canadian Tennis is looking good for the future. That is all thanks to Auger-Aliassime.
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