10 questions about Felix Auger-Aliassime – Canada, Federer fan, Junior US Open
Find out everything you need to know about the young Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has raced to the US Open round of 16.
When was Felix Auger-Aliassime born?
Auger-Aliassime was born on August 8, 2000, making him 20 years old. He shares a birthday with Roger Federer, his idol when he was growing up.
What is Auger-Aliassime’s nationality?
He is Canadian. He was born in Montreal, in the province of Quebec.
How tall is he?
He stands an impressive 6ft 4in tall.
What is his family background?
His mother Marie Auger is from Quebec, and his father Sam Aliassime is from Togo. He has a sister Malika – also a tennis player.
Who is Auger-Aliassime’s coach?
Felix Auger-Aliassime’s coaches are former French players Guillaume Marx and Frederic Fontang. In April 2021, he announced that Toni Nadal – uncle of Rafael Nadal – would be serving as a mentor for him.
Welcome aboard Toni 🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/BGH0HIapUr
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) April 8, 2021
What other talents does he have?
Auger-Aliassime is very creative, and says if he wasn’t a tennis player, he would be an artist. He also plays the piano.
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When did he start his career?
He started playing tennis when he was four years old, and enjoyed a successful junior career in singles, winning the Junior US Open in 2016 and finishing as runner-up at Roland-Garros the same year. He had won the junior doubles title in New York the year previously, partnering with his compatriot Denis Shapovalov. He turned professional in 2017.
What does Auger-Aliassime think about current affairs and social issues?
He has praised the racial diversity on show in New York.
“You hope that you’re leading by example, that kids, in you, they see belief, that you can reach that whatever city, country you come from, whatever neighbourhood you come from.
“I hope this gives a lot of belief to people, and it’s a good message of love. Yeah, I’m happy to see a lot of my peers and players I guess looking like me in the further rounds.”
He also leads a campaign to fund education programmes for children in Togo.
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I consider myself very fortunate to be in a position to support causes that are close to my heart. In January, I launched #FAAPointsForChange in partnership with @BNPParibas, @carefrance and @carecanada. This program aims to fund the EduChange program which promotes the education of children in Togo. Let’s keep using our platforms to make a positive change in the world. You Can’t Stop Sport. Because You Can’t Stop Us. #YouCantStopUS @nike
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How much prize money has he won?
According to the official ATP Tour website, Auger-Aliassime has won a combined singles and doubles total prize money of $2,608,082. His career-high ranking is world No 17, reached in October 2019.