Whether in the spotlight or crossing the desert, Felix Auger-Aliassime advances equipped. Sunglasses to keep you dazzled by the bright results, a cap and a bottle of water to keep your head cool while waiting for the oasis during a losing streak. After a quarter-final at the Australian Open, where he came close to victory by producing tennis of a rare quality for much of the match – “He was playing at a crazy level, he was unrealDaniil Medvedev said, “The Canadian had sailed in that confidence. In the process, he won in Rotterdam to lift his first individual trophy on the main circuit, and continued with a final in Marseille.
Then, leaving the European interior to find the exterior, the machine seized. Two straight defeats on the Indian Wells and Miami hard courts, respectively against Botic van de Zandschulp and Miomir Kecmanović, a second-round elimination against Alex Molčan on the clay courts in Marrakech followed by another against Lorenzo Musetti of his first match in Monte Carlo. . “It is very important that parents and coaches always make the players understand that this is a process: you will lose, you will win.‘FAA’ coach Frédéric Fontang explained during a podcast broadcast by the ATP in early April. You shouldn’t get excited after a win, or go down after a loss. Humility is needed. “
“Don’t fire after a victory or go down after a defeat” – Frédéric Fontang, coach of Félix Auger-Aliassime
“Félix and I have had the opportunity to work with Toni Nadal for a year now.continued the French. You can feel the humility of the Nadal family, it’s everywhere. This is one of the reasons why Rafael Nadal is able to continue living his passion and playing at this level after winning so many important titles. Humility allows him to enter the track with the same passion, give his best every day and stay ‘normal’. It’s really important.“To avoid falling to the ground and sinking into the torments of negativity after a series of bad results, Félix Auger-Aliassime got into the habit of always seeing the glass half full.
“Yes, I can be proud of the way I played to save all three game pointshe relied, for example, on his 7/6 6/7 6/3 loss to Indian Wells, despite Zandschulp’s three chances to close the deal in consecutive sets. Okay, I lost today (March 14), but at least I struggled a lot to try to play better. Winning the second set was positive, even though he wasn’t playing very well. The quality of the tennis was not there, but at least I still put up with it.“It simply came to our notice then.
“No, I’m not ready for Christmas or Djokovic yet” – Félix Auger-Aliassime
Still very young, the Montreal native often repeated that he had to keep working to achieve consistency, which he has been approaching since last season, in results at the highest level, week after week. The one that allowed Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to win even on difficult days to lay the foundations of their monumental trajectory. Resembling a tennis fiction novel, these three aliens have normalized the paranormal. With very few exceptions, we have become accustomed to chaining finals and semifinals. An era that could end in the coming years.
Like Auger-Aliassime, the new generation, older than the latter and embodied by Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefano Tsitsipás, has also regularly experienced some air holes. “I am only 21 years old ; no, I’m not ready for Christmas or Djokovic yetQuebec responded at a press conference in Monte Carlo. I hope, in the future, to be able to become a player with an important place on the circuit. New players are coming. We may not have three dominant players in all the others. We will have more players at the top.“Even though he knows that at his best, he has what it takes to produce one of the most effective games on the planet.
“It’s difficult to maintain the level I showed at the beginning, few players are capable of it” – Félix Auger-Aliassime
“It’s hard to maintain the level I showed at the beginning, few players are able to do thatagreed in front of Monte Carlo journalists. I will try to be one of these players in the future, but I still have a lot to improve.“And if the season started badly on clay, the youngster has a chance to play to anchor himself among the top 10 players on the planet. 9th in the world this week, he has very few ATP points to defend. until the arrival of the lawn. In 2021 he had only won four matches in six tournaments on ocher. Having seen four times to start, he had reached the quarterfinals in Barcelona and the third round in Rome.
With just a few more games to win, especially at major events such as the Masters 1000 and Roland-Garros, Felix Auger-Aliassime would consolidate his current status. In case of good performances, he should get a few places and improve his best ranking of his career, while accumulating money for the #FAAPointsForChange project. Then comes the second half of the season, during which he will have important results to defend. Starting with Wimbledon, home of his first Grand Slam quarterfinals. Where a quote that he strives to apply, taken from Rudyard Kipling’s poem If, adorns the entrance to the Center Court: “If you can meet Triumph and Defeat, and treat these two impostors alike.“