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‘Brings a Smile to My Face’ – Canadian Tennis Icon Opens up on Overwhelming Memories with John McEnroe and Frances Tiafoe as He Recalls Laver Cup Heroics

Published 09/19/2023, 4:20 AM EDT

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On the fan-loved tennis courts, some moments rise above the competition. For Canadian tennis ace Felix Auger-Aliassime, such moments arose at the 2022 Laver Cup. In an exclusive interview, Aliassime shared the memories he made with legends John McEnroe and Frances Tiafoe at the Laver Cup. The remarkable tennis tournament sets Team Europe against Team World. Under the captaincy of the charismatic McEnroe, Auger-Aliassime had wound up in an exhilarating thrill ride that eventually ended in a memorable win.

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The road to triumph for Team World had been laborious, with a series of misfortunes in the past. Auger-Aliassime had been an integral part of the team for the second time. He had seen the struggles and dissatisfactions that accompanied the previous losses. His story is a celebration of the game’s soul, where triumphs are better when shared.

Canadian tennis ace shares an unforgettable Laver Cup memory with John McEnroe and Frances Tiafoe


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The Laver Cup, with its unique format, has turned into a phase where individual brilliance merges with a collective spirit. Felix Auger Aliassime shared the occasion that has made a permanent imprint on his career. In the exclusive interview, he thinks back about his memory with veritable warmth. He shared, “It always brings a smile to my face thinking back on this moment..We had a great time on and off the court. To finish the weekend with a win was the cherry on top.”

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The moment was exceptional for the players as well as for the McEnroe brothers, John and Patrick, who had been in charge of Team World’s endeavors. However, what makes the victory important is the story behind it.


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Frances Tiafoe, a rising star in the tennis world, was entrusted with securing the triumph for Team World. Auger-Aliassime shared the invigoration he felt as he watched Tiafoe secure the win that had escaped them for such a long time. It was a zenith of their aggregate exertion, a shared victory that went past individual honors. Aliassime shared, “To not only keep us alive but to take the lead, that was also in my season a huge win, a confidence booster.

As we approach Laver Cup 2023, there’s a sense of bewilderment among tennis fans. This bewilderment arises from the absence of two beloved players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Fans disheartened by the absence of tennis legends at the Laver Cup lineup


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Their absence has unexpectedly cast a shadow over the usual excitement that surrounds this prestigious event. It’s worth noting that this is the second time in Laver Cup history that these four legends won’t be on the court together. Last year’s edition, featuring Federer and Nadal as doubles partners, was a historic moment in the tournament’s history.

Consequently, this year’s absence of these iconic players has left fans disappointed, and they haven’t held back their feelings. Tennis insider José Morgado, when sharing this news, even described the lineup as “by far the weakest ever.”

Fans have taken to social media platforms to voice their discontent. The heartfelt embrace between Federer and Nadal on the court last year marked the end of an era. Fans struggled to imagine a Laver Cup without their iconic presence.


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However, the reality is here. The 2023 lineup revealed by Team Europe has left many tennis enthusiasts disheartened. Not only Federer and Nadal but Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will also not be participating in the tournament, adding to the sense of loss for fans.

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Written by:

Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon


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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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Stefan Thomas