“I Have to Adapt to This New Life” – Felix Auger-Aliassime on Coping with Pressure

Published 03/27/2020, 8:51 AM EDT


Rising tennis star from Canada Felix Auger-Aliassime is only 19 but he has already accomplished plenty at a young age. Auger-Aliassime is not the only teen sensation in men’s tennis who is expected to win Grand Slams someday. However, he is the only one who is already compared to therewithal the top ten players.

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After his seventeenth birthday three years ago, the Canadian star became the youngest man to break into the top two hundred in the world rankings since Rafael Nadal did it in 2002.

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Consequently, he caught the eyes of millions around the world when he made a debut at the Grand Slams. The larger public got to witness the class of Auger-Aliassime at the 2018 US Open where he faced his countryman Denis Shapovalov in the first round. However, he was forced to retire mid-match due to heart palpitation caused by extreme heat.

“I told myself to calm down” – Felix Auger-Aliassime

Although Felix is far too grounded to have a high opinion of himself, he once got carried away as the fans held him in high regard. However, he admits that has to deal with all these pressures and adapt to this new life.

 

The oddsmakers pegged Auger-Aliassime as one of the favourites to win the title at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. The expectations put the youngster under pressure as he entered the Championships without recording a single Grand Slam main draw victory.

“I felt a bit of vertigo before Wimbledon,” Felix recalled during an interview with Eurosport. “I had made the final in Stuttgart, a semi-final at Queens. And arriving at Wimbledon I heard people say that I was pretty much among the favourites for the title.”

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“I told myself to calm down. It stressed me out a little. I have to adapt to this new life, to these new pressures. For the time being, I have been lucky that these periods of adaptation are rather short-lived, but they are still there,” he concluded.

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Auger-Aliassime is currently ranked 20 in the world. However, he will certainly climb up the rankings soon and enter the top 10. The Canadian’s result does not justify his talent as he is yet to win an ATP title. Nevertheless, it is certain that Felix will soon win his maiden title on the ATP Tour.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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