- James Chin
Felix Auger-Aliassime is the next big thing in tennis.
At just 19 years old, the 6’4’’ Canadian is currently ranked 19th in the world, the youngest player ranked within the ATP top 100.
At the Queen’s Club Championships this year, he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, and Nick Kyrgios. A quick player around the court, he has a good serve, powerful forehand, dependable double-handed backhand and very good return of serve on both sides, often putting immediate pressure on his opponents.
He recently graced the pages of Vogue magazine, speaking about his hero Roger Federer, his work ethic and love for the game.
Felix began playing tennis at the age of four at the suggestion of his father, Sam, a tennis coach. According to Felix, “He just transmitted his passion to us.” This is always a strong reminder to me on how important a parent’s sporting influence is on young kids, especially if the parent plays and loves the particular sport.
At a very young age, Felix remembers telling his father, ‘I want to be a professional tennis player.’ What I like most about the game is its competitive side. It’s a duel—like chess or like gladiators. It’s two players confronting each other and finding solutions, and I really like that.”
“Obviously the winning part is great, but that’s not everything,” he says. “The best thing for me is the sound of a ball that has been hit well.” Spoken like the next No.1 player in the world.