Felix Auger-Aliassime Begins Australian Open 2021 Preparations With Toni Nadal at Rafa Nadal Academy

Published 12/12/2020, 6:00 AM EST
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 11: Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada celebrates a point against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany during Day 4 of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament at Rotterdam Ahoy on February 11, 2020 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Canada’s rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime has emerged on the main stage over the last couple of years. He was the youngest player among the top 25 in the world. Having achieved a career-high ranking of 17 in the world, the 20-year-old is set to have a lively career ahead of him. 

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For the second consecutive season, the Canadian has ended the year in the top 25 rankings. Recently, Felix was seen practicing at the Rafa Nadal Academy. Auger-Aliassime has been there for a few days now, escaping the cold winters of Canada. It does seem a practical decision considering how cold it gets out there. 

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)

Felix Auger-Aliassime Trains Under Toni Nadal’s Watch

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Prior to his first knock, Felix, who was accompanied by his coach Frédéric Fontang, was seen having a brief chat with Rafael Nadal himself. The youngster was being watched by Rafa’s uncle, Toni Nadal. As a young player who has just arrived on the scene, it would be an honor to receive inputs from the man behind the creation of Rafael Nadal.

The Canadian then had a knock with an academy player. 

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Speaking of the Canadian, he’s had a stop-start year as far as his performances this year are concerned. Felix was knocked out in the opening rounds at the Australian Open and French Open. However, he had a decent run at the US Open before bowing out to the eventual winner, Dominic Thiem

Later on, he made it to the Masters final held in Cologne, but lost to the German Alexander Zverev. However, Felix partnered with Hubert Hurkacz at Bercy and clinched the doubles title. 

In 2019, Auger-Aliassime had been part of Canada’s Davis Cup team. He also reached the final at three ATP Masters. 

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Can he find some form in 2021? Or will the initial part of his season result in consecutive early exits Down Under?

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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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