“Willing To Go Above and Beyond for His Player”: Felix Auger Aliassime Privileged To Have Toni Nadal As Coach

Published 05/02/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
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)


Felix Auger Aliassime is one of the new youngsters on the horizon. He has made quick progress on the men’s Tour. The Canadian talent is the second-youngest player to be ranked in the top 20 of the ATP rankings. He ended last season as the 17th ranked player in the world.

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Felix Auger Aliassime has lately been in the headlines for his newly appointed coach. The Canadian athlete has teamed up with Toni Nadal, Spanish tennis sensation Rafael Nadal’s uncle. The 60-year-old coach has won all the honors in the game during his time with Rafa. His presence itself is an added motivation for a player.

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

Reflecting on his new coach, Felix stated, “I feel super privileged and lucky to have Toni in my team. Throughout my whole childhood, I remember him by the side of his nephew – he’s been around for a long time and has won everything the sport has to give as a coach so it’s extremely motivating to have him by my side.”

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Felix Auger Aliassime was driven by Toni Nadal’s commitment

Felix fondly remembered seeing Toni on television. He was driven by the Spanish coach’s commitment and involvement in the sport. He played a huge role in Rafael Nadal’s career and has contributed hugely to his success. Toni Nadal goes out of his way to help a player reach their true potential and it was one of the aspects that caught Felix’s attention.

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 08: Felix Auger-Alliassime of Canada congratulates opponant Rafael Nadal of Spain during day five of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 08, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old athlete further added, “I think he’s a person I can learn a lot from, both as a person and as a coach. Growing up, I remember seeing a lot of him on TV when I was watching Rafa’s matches and he just struck me as this very devoted and passionate coach. Of course, he was his uncle but ultimately a coach that was willing to go above and beyond for his player – he seemed to have this vision for Rafa’s career and gave him everything he needed.”

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Currently, Auger Aliassime is in Madrid, competing at the season’s second ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event. His journey will be followed keenly as there have been positive changes in his camp.

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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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