“Has Nothing to Prove”: Coach on Toni Nadal Guiding Felix-Auger Aliassime

Published 10/04/2021, 10:08 AM EDT
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) with his new coach assistant Toni Nadal (ESP) at the Monaco Rolex Masters in Monte Carlo, on April, 11, 2021. Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM


The 21-year-old Canadian sensation, Felix-Auger Aliassime, has the backing of an extremely experienced coaching duo in Frederic Fontang and Toni Nadal. Fontang, the former professional tennis player from France also coached Jeremy Chardy for 12 years. Under Fontang’s guidance, Chardy achieved Wimbledon boys’ singles title and an ATP 250 title at Stuttgart. Toni Nadal is the uncle and former coach of Spanish giant, Rafael Nadal, he coached Rafa from 1990 to 2017.

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The Canadian is enjoying the coaching partnership of Fontang and Nadal. He will play at BNP Paribas in Indian Wells scheduled from today. Aliassime needs to go deep in the tournament to stay in the race for the ATP finals.

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Aliassime’s coach backs Toni Nadal

Frederic Fontang and Toni Nadal are currently in a professional relationship as the pair is coaching Felix-Auger Aliassime. The duo has often been spotted practicing with Aliassime. Recently, Frederic Fontang backed Toni Nadal.

MALLORCA, SPAIN – JUNE 21: Toni Nadal, uncle of Rafael Nadal and his former coach attends day fourth of the Mallorca Open at Country Club Santa Ponsa on June 21, 2018 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The Frenchman said, “It is clear that Toni is a considerable asset. His experience, his aura, and his principles all help Felix to have more self-confidence. Toni has nothing to prove, his results speak for him therefore indeed, on certain ideas, his messages pass better, he is legitimate”.

Fontang considers Toni a very important asset for the team. He appreciated the expertise Toni Nadal has provided to Aliassime. Although Aliassime fell short in the semi-finals against eventual champion, Daniil Medvedev, he was really impressive at US Open 2021.

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Felix-Auger Aliassime at US Open 2021

The Canadian, Felix-Auger Aliassime had an absolutely amazing run at the Flushing Meadows. The 21-years old reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-finals at US Open 2021. On his path to the semis, he triumphed over some fine players like Roberto Bautista Agut, Frances Tiafoe, and Carlos Alcaraz

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada reacts after winning a point against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

In the semi-finals, the Canadian faced the World No.2, Daniil Medvedev. Despite showing off some great proficiency, Aliassime couldn’t get past the Russian. However, the World No. 11 seems to have a bright future ahead of him and a great team behind him.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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