The Ascent To The Throne Begins For Felix Auger Aliassime

Felix was asked today if he'd make any big purchases with his new prize money, possibly a new car?

"I don't even have a driver's licence"

love it.
I know this seems like a crazy thought, but I had wondered if he had it a few days ago precisely because I had wondered when he could have possibly have found the time, after it was mentioned how little time he had spent home. Aside from the time off after the knee injury, I had no idea when that could have been. No surprise on my part.
 

Sparlingo

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I know this seems like a crazy thought, but I had wondered if he had it a few days ago precisely because I had wondered when he could have possibly have found the time, after it was mentioned how little time he had spent home. Aside from the time off after the knee injury, I had no idea when that could have been. No surprise on my part.
Andresecu said "I've never even been to a high school", I wonder if that's true about Shapo and Felix. Felix's coach says that Felix is a deep thinker and very "worldly" in their conversations. How they find the time I don't know.
 
Andresecu said "I've never even been to a high school", I wonder if that's true about Shapo and Felix. Felix's coach says that Felix is a deep thinker and very "worldly" in their conversations. How they find the time I don't know.
Félix joined the National Training Center in Montreal in September 2014. Young players there have access to a teacher on site and have specific allotted time to study. Officially, in high school, Félix was a student of "Académie les estacades" (http://www.academielesestacades.ca/ ) in Trois-Rivières, but it was distance learning. He did well and benefited from scholarships programs for several years (http://tennis.qc.ca/charlotte-robillard-millette-et-felix-auger-aliassime-boursiers-saputo/ is an example, but I saw his name pop up more than once, perhaps even every year).

I don't know if he did all of his high school years at that Académie, but if not, my guess is that prior, he would have attended a high school combining studies and sports. That's the way for most serious young athletes in Quebec. These schools have programs tailored to meet the need of students-athletes (day divided in half between sports and studies, accommodation for travel time and competition, etc.).
 

EloQuent

G.O.A.T.
Félix joined the National Training Center in Montreal in September 2014. Young players there have access to a teacher on site and have specific allotted time to study. Officially, in high school, Félix was a student of "Académie les estacades" (http://www.academielesestacades.ca/ ) in Trois-Rivières, but it was distance learning. He did well and benefited from scholarships programs for several years (http://tennis.qc.ca/charlotte-robillard-millette-et-felix-auger-aliassime-boursiers-saputo/ is an example, but I saw his name pop up more than once, perhaps even every year).

I don't know if he did all of his high school years at that Académie, but if not, my guess is that prior, he would have attended a high school combining studies and sports. That's the way for most serious young athletes in Quebec. These schools have programs tailored to meet the need of students-athletes (day divided in half between sports and studies, accommodation for travel time and competition, etc.).
Felix wasn't in high school prior to 2014. He was 13 years old.
 
Felix wasn't in high school prior to 2014. He was 13 years old.
Elementary school in Quebec is from age 6 to 12.
High school in Quebec is from age 12 to 17.
Then you have a junior college (CEGEP) which is 2 years if you plan to go to university and thus stick with a "general education" or 3 if you want to learn a specific job and not necessarily have to go through university.
Bachelor's degree in Quebec normally lasts for 3 years instead of 4.

Félix would have been in high school from September 2012 to June 2017, but of course, perhaps he managed to finish a little earlier or a little later since he ended his junior career in the fall of 2016.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Quebec
 
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I don't want to jinx him, but on paper, Félix should be able to beat any qualifier. Zverev has shown himself to be vulnerable in the past few tournaments, losing to Struff and Ferrer, but I wonder how affected he still was by the illness he had suffered prior. Félix could have a chance. If Zverev happens to be at his best and Félix's level is not quite there yet, it will be nonetheless wonderful for him to face the world #3 and see where he stands in comparison.

Nishikori lost to Lajovic and Hurkacz twice lately, so who knows. Félix has already beaten Fognini, Hurkacz, Coric and Munar. Gilles Simon is doing well right now.

It's hard to predict, but he could be competitive. I'm not taking anything for granted and will be happy with any win. I just hope Félix is able to display his best tennis.
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
Considering his current form and Zverev form I think he has an opportunity to go deep in this tournament. But let's wait for the qualifier first, there are many dangerous players that could take the spot like... Nishioka who beated Felix in Indian Wells
 
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Raiden

Hall of Fame
Felix in one of Quebec's biggest TV show:


Enjoy, it's in french.
Hey thanks I was looking for this (originally saw a clip of it on twitter but then the twat deleted the tweet, claiming that he got scared of a (real or imaginary) takedown notice to twitter sent by player agent/IMG or something.
 

Sparlingo

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PS: LOL at the mention of bouchard on instagram, that was hilarous ! :-D she got what she deserved... :whistle:
I disagree. It was a very rude put-down of someone who paved the way for women's tennis growth in Canada. Eugenia's brief rise brought attention and resources to Canadian Women's tennis. My belief is that Eugenia won in her early career because of her aggressiveness but never really had the overall tennis talent. She played over her head for a while but was never able to overcome the book on how to beat her as it developed over time. That really isn't her fault and she doesn't deserve these petty, adolescent put-downs from her fellow Quebecers on TV while celebrating Felix. None of the current crop of young Canadian talent need to be propped up by putting their forerunners down.
 
I disagree. It was a very rude put-down of someone who paved the way for women's tennis growth in Canada. Eugenia's brief rise brought attention and resources to Canadian Women's tennis. My belief is that Eugenia won in her early career because of her aggressiveness but never really had the overall tennis talent. She played over her head for a while but was never able to overcome the book on how to beat her as it developed over time. That really isn't her fault and she doesn't deserve these petty, adolescent put-downs from her fellow Quebecers on TV while celebrating Felix. None of the current crop of young Canadian talent need to be propped up by putting their forerunners down.
I don't think the negative comments are only in reaction to her results, but rather mostly to her attitude and extremely poor decision-making at times, including with fans, medias, sponsors and even agents. I agree with you that what she accomplished is great and she should not be made fun of only because she can no longer produce those results. Besides, the expectations probably got to her big time and I'm afraid she didn't have strong enough support around her to help. I can really empathize with her, believe me. But even I eventually got discouraged of her attitude. At first I was willing to give her a pass because she was young, but she's 25 now. I still wish her the best and hope she can climb back up in the rankings. Her fall has been heartbreaking to watch.

Fortunately, I think Félix is enjoying a better balanced family/team/professional support than Eugenie. I mean, he still faced a media's request after his tachycardia episode at the US Open and hasn't been rude to any media even after heartbreaking losses. He's been mindful of the fans at all times. He's already doing better at 18 than Eugenie ever did.
 

Sparlingo

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I don't think the negative comments are only in reaction to her results, but rather mostly to her attitude and extremely poor decision-making at times, including with fans, medias, sponsors and even agents. I agree with you that what she accomplished is great and she should not be made fun of only because she can no longer produce those results. Besides, the expectations probably got to her big time and I'm afraid she didn't have strong enough support around her to help. I can really empathize with her, believe me. But even I eventually got discouraged of her attitude. At first I was willing to give her a pass because she was young, but she's 25 now. I still wish her the best and hope she can climb back up in the rankings. Her fall has been heartbreaking to watch.

Fortunately, I think Félix is enjoying a better balanced family/team/professional support than Eugenie. I mean, he still faced a media's request after his tachycardia episode at the US Open and hasn't been rude to any media even after heartbreaking losses. He's been mindful of the fans at all times. He's already doing better at 18 than Eugenie ever did.

Good post. I still maintain that Eugenia never really had the talent to maintain the level she got at early on. I have to sympathize with her due to the pressure that was put on her. It's not that she broke, it was that she was never really that good.
 
Good post. I still maintain that Eugenia never really had the talent to maintain the level she got at early on. I have to sympathize with her due to the pressure that was put on her. It's not that she broke, it was that she was never really that good.
I don't disagree with you about her level. She's lacking variety and her serve hasn't been reliable, among other problems... I still felt she was better than her ranking indicated in the last few years. I think it's partly mental. What really drew me in in 2013/2014 was how she won matches simply because she wouldn't give up. Sometimes she was led and she came back and snatched the victory. Then the pressure got to her, her confidence dropped and it became the other way around. Going from being the chaser to being chased didn't work at all for her.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Now that clay season is beginning, can someone who has followed Felix's career discuss his clay game? I have only seen a couple matches of him on this surface: when he got to the final of the FO Juniors and then most of a Challenger-level clay event from a couple years back. Does he like playing on clay? Any thoughts on whether he can make a dent on clay this year? It seems like he's hardly played on clay except in Futures, Challengers or Qualies.
 
Now that clay season is beginning, can someone who has followed Felix's career discuss his clay game? I have only seen a couple matches of him on this surface: when he got to the final of the FO Juniors and then most of a Challenger-level clay event from a couple years back. Does he like playing on clay? Any thoughts on whether he can make a dent on clay this year? It seems like he's hardly played on clay except in Futures, Challengers or Qualies.
On the contrary, he’s probably played on clay more than any other surface by a large margin the last 2 years , and I think he is already a great clay court player who will likely get much better very soon. Remember, he got to the Rio finals just this year.
 

Sparlingo

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Felix said that his best surface is hard, which he grew up on but his best results have been on clay. He won 3 of his four challenger titles on clay (twice at Lyon) and made the final this year at the ATP 500 in Rio. He went out of his way to play clay last year and this year through the South American swing thinking that there were more opportunities there and that clay was the best service to improve his game on. With his athletic ability he should be at least as good on clay as hard, maybe better as it suits his game. Last year Felix showed the flashes of brilliance but had difficulty maintaining a high level. If he's over that then watch out, he could well contend in all these clay tournaments including Roland Garro's.
 

InvisibleSoul

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FAA first up in the order of play tomorrow at 2am PDT against Londero.

Pulling double-duty as he's also scheduled for doubles action with Shapovalov at 5am PDT against Melzer and Thiem.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Félix led 5-2 in the first set and 5-3, match point on his own serve, in the second set before eventually coming through 7-5, 7-6(5) against the Argentine Juan Igancio Londero in first-round singles action in Monte Carlo earlier today. In the next round the Canadian will take on the no. 3 seed, Alexander Zverev.
 
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Enceladus

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Sascha Zverev about Felix and Denis:
https://www.atptour.com/en/news/zverev-monte-carlo-2019-preview-feature
Felix is obviously a little bit younger than us and he’s doing amazing. Canada has probably two Grand Slam champions growing up right now,” Zverev said. “Denis, even though he may be struggling a little bit more than everybody expected, trust me, he will be on top of the game soon and Felix as well. I think Canada, if everything goes well and no injuries occur or something like this, they will be on top of the game.”
 

raph6

Semi-Pro
Rumours say that Félix has a foot injury, like he had in one clay tournament in February. I follow him since he is 15 and it's true that he is often injured so that could be true.
 
Oh no. :( The commentator on the French network said, when wondering why he had pulled out of the doubles, that she thought he did not move as well in he second set.

Very disappointing if that's the case because I'd like to watch him at 100% against Zverev.

I'm not yet too worried about injuries in general. The tachycardia issue is supposed to be solved and he's made changes after the wrist injury. As long as nothing is chronic...
 

EloQuent

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I prefer to believe it's a combination of prophylactic (why play doubles and risk it?) and maybe Denis not being so inclined to play after his loss.
 
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