“You About to Win French 100 Times”: Frances Tiafoe Reacts to Toni Nadal Joining Felix Auger-Aliassime

Published 04/09/2021, 1:26 AM EDT
Tennis – Murray River Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime reacts during his final singles match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Kelly Defina


As the Monte-Carlo Masters draws nearer, fans of red dirt have felt their excitement soar. However, Toni Nadal, the mind behind 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, has now stolen the show. He is coming back on the men’s tour as the head coach for not his nephew but for the young Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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The 20-year-old Canadian shared the breaking news on Instagram, which has already bagged a couple of interesting responses. The photo shows him with the great Toni Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, and the caption reads ‘Welcome aboard’.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 16: Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada plays a backhand against Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina in their first-round match during day 3 of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2019, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Boris Becker and Frances Tiafoe comment on Felix Auger-Aliassime and Toni Nadal merger

Former World No. 1 and six major titles winner Boris Becker was the first to comment on the newly formulated team. Considering their prospect in the clay season, the German wrote ‘Congratulations’.

Unquestionably, Toni Nadal knows his way around the red dirt and would be an invaluable addition to Felix’s future. Moreover, the Canadian, who currently has a 0-7 record in title matches, might finally learn the winning formula.

Furthermore, there is no confirmation on whether Uncle Toni’s and Felix’s pairing is temporary or permanent. But the new Team Felix Auger-Aliassime looks set to run the entire course at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2021, which starts April 11.

American rising star Frances Tiafoe was the second person to respond to the Instagram post. Since the Canadian has scored a clay-court mastermind in Tonu, Tiafoe left a hilarious comment.

“So you about win the French 100 times. Bro I want no part of you on clay now,” Tiafoe said.

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Most significantly, Rafael Nadal is headlining the Monte-Carlo Masters event, which means that the uncle-nephew can come face-to-face for the first time while being on opposite sides. However, it is unlikely that the Spaniard did not know about this merger beforehand.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand against Guido Pella of Argentinean their quarter-final match during day six of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Felix spent his 2021 pre-season at the Rafa Nadal Academy with Toni Nadal. Thus, the planning to come together might have been initiated from there onwards.

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Above all, the Monte-Carlo field will have many of the most talented tennis players from around the globe. It will be interesting to see what Felix can achieve with Uncle Toni on his side.

Do you think Toni Nadal will change the fortune of the young Canadian?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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