Félix Auger-Aliassime is a Canadian professional tennis player with a career-high ranking of No. 6, making him the 2nd-highest-ranked Canadian in ATP rankings history.
Name: Félix Auger-Aliassime
Born: August 8, 2000
Turned Pro: 2017
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Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 8th, 2000, Felix Auger-Aliassime first began playing tennis aged just 4 when his father who was a tennis instructor, took him to a court.
In March 2015, Auger-Aliassime would make history as the youngest player in history to qualify for an ATP Challenger main draw at 14-and-a-half years old.
In 2016, Auger-Aliassime claimed junior Grand Slam success at the US Open with a straight-sets victory over Miomir Kecmanović in the boys’ singles final.
Turning professional in 2017, the Canadian wouldn’t take long to taste success. Capturing his maiden ATP Challenger at the Open de Lyon, Auger-Aliassime became the first 16-year-old to win a Challenger singles title since 2009.
Auger-Aliassime’s success on the Challenger tour would continue through 2018 including successfully defending his title from the previous year in Lyon, this time defeating Johan Tatlot in the final.
Aged 18, Auger-Aliassime would become the youngest-ever ATP 500 finalist at the 2019 Rio Open. Later that year he would achieve his first senior Grand Slam win, reaching the third round at Wimbledon, defeating Vasek Pospisil and Corentin Moutet before losing to Ugo Humbert in the third round.
Auger-Aliassime then went one round further at the 2020 US Open. Seeded 15th, the Canadian would emerge victorious from battles against Thiago Monteiro, Andy Murray, and Corentin Moutet in the first three rounds but would fall to the eventual champion Dominic Thiem.
The progress continued in 2021 as Auger-Aliassime reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon before making it to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final later that same year at the US Open. Wins over the likes of 18th-seed Roberto Bautista Agut, Frances Tiafoe, and Carlos Alcaraz would come before he ran into a straight-sets defeat to 2nd-seed Daniil Medvedev.
Auger-Aliassime’s best Grand Slam performance of 2022 would come at the Australian Open where, seeded 9th, he would make it to the last eight before losing to Daniil Medvedev in five sets in the quarterfinals. The highlight of Auger-Aliassime’s year however came as he, Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil guided Canada to the nation's first-ever Davis Cup Finals win.
Félix Auger-Aliassime had a challenging year in 2023. He started the year ranked 15th in the world. However, his performance throughout the year was not as expected. He had a win-loss record of 14-15, losing more than 50% of his matches on the ATP tour. His momentum was also disrupted by a recurring shoulder injury.
In terms of specific tournaments, at Wimbledon, he fell in the first round, which was a significant drop from his quarter-final run in 2021. This was partly due to a left knee injury that caused him to miss the lead-up grass-court events. Despite this setback, he remained hopeful and focused on his recovery.
At the US Open, he was defeated in the first round by Mackenzie McDonald. He also had early exits at other tournaments like the ATP Masters 1000 Canada and Washington.
Overall, 2023 was a tough year for Félix Auger-Aliassime with injuries affecting his performances.
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