The new face of the Canadian tennis, Felix Auger-Aliassime had significantly come into the limelight of the men’s tour with his phenomenal performance during the ‘Sunshine Double’ in the United States. His reign in the desert tournament might have ended in the third round, but the 18-year-old Montreal wizard breezed into the last four round of the Miami Open.
Despite leading by a break in both the sets against the big American, John Isner, the youngest player on the ATP’s top 50 ladder, Felix Auger-Aliassime suffered a straight-sets loss as the American’s experience had overpowered the Canadian’s skillset in the semifinal match in Miami.
After his unblemished showdown on the American courts which eventually elevated his career rankings to its peak, the Madrid Open organizers have granted the World Number 33, Felix Auger-Aliassime a wildcard for the Mutua Madrid Masters which will be taking place in the month of May.
“I can’t wait to get back to Madrid,” said Felix Auger-Aliassime. “I have great memories of my junior career in the Caja Magica, where I hope to produce some more magic.” He and his compatriot, Denis Shapovalov won the Junior Davis Cup 2015 for Canada in Madrid.
“Felix is an incredible player,” Feliciano Lopez, director of the tournament mentioned. “Everything he is doing at 18 years of age is astonishing. He has a spectacular future, with a practically limitless range of shots. He earned his invitation to play in the main draw through his results early this season. I’m sure he will do well.”
The Canadian’s wildcard for the next big ATP Tour Masters 1000 event in the Monte Carlo is still hovering. Felix Auger-Aliassime has yet not been given a wild card for the upcoming Masters 1000 tournament in Monaco. He is on the fourth alternate list for Monte Carlo and he would get a spot in the main-draw if some ATP players drop out.