Felix Auger-Aliassime wasted no time getting to work when he arrived in Brisbane for the inaugural ATP Cup.
The #NextGenATP Canadian went straight to Queensland Tennis Centre for a Friday practice session on Pat Rafter Arena. Auger-Aliassime said he’s eager to kick off the 2020 season and hopes to help lead Team Canada to victory.
“It’s a beautiful venue.”@felixtennis gets a first taste of Brisbane’s Pat Rafter Arena.
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“I had my first practice today. It’s a beautiful venue,” Auger-Aliassime said to ATPCup.com. “I can’t wait to play for the first time in front of the Brisbane fans.”
Auger-Aliassime is the second-ranked singles player on Team Canada, behind Denis Shapovalov. They’re in a challenging Group F that includes Germany, Greece and Australia. The top three #NextGenATP players in the ATP Rankings are all in the group, with Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime joined by Aussie Alex de Minaur. Former top-ranked #NextGenATP players Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) and Alexander Zverev (Germany) will also headline action in Brisbane.
The 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime finished this year at No. 21 in the ATP Rankings. He reached his first three ATP Tour finals in Rio de Janeiro (l. to Djere), Lyon (l. to Paire) and Stuttgart (l. to Berrettini), in addition to his maiden ATP Masters 1000 semi-final in Miami.
Source: ATP World Tour