US Open Jr. Champion Felix Auger-Aliassime to Shift Focus on Professional Tennis

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 | 0

Fresh from winning the boys’ singles title at the recently-concluded US Open, Felix Auger-Aliassime has set his eyes upon establishing himself in the professional arena.

Having peaked to a career-best ranking of No. 2 in the ITF junior rankings, the 16-year-old has tasted respectable success in the junior circuit. This has propelled him to seek higher tension level.

“I think everyone has his own path; some guys, they win early in juniors, but it doesn’t go well in the pros,” Auger-Aliassime was quoted as saying by Amsterdam News.

He continued: “I have already had some good wins at the pro level. I know I can compete with these guys. We’ll see how my body feels after this year. We’ll make the adjustments that we need to do.”

The rising Canadian star is no stranger to the professional arena. At 14, he became the youngest player ever to qualify for the main draw of an ATP Challenger event, when he made the headlines at the Drummondville Challenger in March last year.

He, however, first came into the limelight after winning the boys’ doubles title at the US Open 2015, where he paired up with countryman Denis Shapovalov, before becoming the youngest player to crack the ATP Top 800 in rankings earlier this year.

Louis Borfig, the vice president of Tennis Canada’s Elite Development, therefore, believes that Auger-Aliassime is ready to shift his focus to professional tennis.

“From next year, Felix will focus on the professional circuit because he has the capability and level,” he said, as quoted by “It is the best way for him to progress.”












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