“Feel Like He Has an Advantage” – Stefanos Tsitsipas on Toni Nadal Coaching Felix Auger-Aliassime

Published 04/12/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas has shown promising signs to do wonders in the game. In his career so far, he has managed to register wins against some of the best players in the game. Despite being one of the youngest players on the Tour, he has earned remarkable honors in the sport. 

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Recently, Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke about another youngster in the game, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime. The highly talented player has been in the news lately due to the appointment of Toni Nadal as his coach. This news sent shockwaves in the tennis world as everyone is well aware of Toni’s contribution to his nephew Rafa’s career. This appointment is expected to be a big boost for Auger-Aliassime.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime in action during his fourth round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Taking note of this latest development, Tsitsipas stated, “Yeah that came really unexpected. I didn’t see that coming. It’s pretty cool having a coach who has helped Rafael Nadal win so many titles and shaped his career in a way.”

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Felix Auger-Aliassime surprised Stefanos Tsitsipas by appointing Toni Nadal

Although Tsitsipas was surprised by the latest development, he did maintain that at the end of the day, it will be Felix playing the match and he will receive a few tips along with motivation. Nonetheless, the appointment of Toni will only prove to be an advantage for the 20-year-old player. 

The Greek tennis star further added, “Well, it’s really good for him and I feel like he has an advantage having a coach like this but he’s not going to be doing the playing for him. He might give him a few tips and good advice but it’s all about going out on the court in the end.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Tsitsipas and Auger-Aliassime in Melbourne this season

Stefanos performed quite well at the Australian Open, beating Rafa after being two sets down initially to make a comeback and clinch the next three sets. 

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Felix, on the other hand, showed promising signs after beating his compatriot Denis Shapovalov during the Australian Open. He came as far as the fourth round in Melbourne, which was his best result at the venue. 

At the moment, both players are in Monte Carlo, competing at the season’s first ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event. It will be interesting to see how these two talented players perform. Especially, Felix, as it will be the first time Toni Nadal will be coaching another player besides his association with Rafa

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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