Why Felix Auger-Aliassime has to step up for Canadian tennis
Felix Auger-Aliassime will be the top star for the Canadian tennis scene at the upcoming Tokyo Games due to the absence of Bianca Andreescu and Denis Shapovalov. It will be a tough event for Felix since he’s still young and this is his first time playing at the Games.
Denis announced his withdrawal from the Tokyo Games earlier this year before he even had his stellar run at Wimbledon. On the other hand, Bianca stepped away from the event on the 12th of July which was closer to the start of the Games. Bianca admitted it was hard for her to step onto the biggest stage but she wants to be healthy and safe at home.
‘I have been dreaming of representing Canada at the Games since I was a little girl’, Bianca said. ‘But with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself. I look forward to representing Canada in future Fed Cup ties and competing at the 2024 Games in Paris’.
This is a rough time for Canada’s fans because most people thought they had a real shot at winning their second-ever tennis medal. Those hopes have mostly been dashed because of the two stars’ exits from the event. Felix now holds the status as the team’s main star and it looks like he’s ready to prove the doubters wrong in Tokyo.
Tennis Canada’s senior vice president of development Hatem McDadi gave details about what they expect from Felix during the Games.
‘Felix is playing some of his best tennis right now, so will be a real threat in singles and doubles at Tokyo as he builds off his momentum’, McDadi said. ‘Our support team and staff put in place a welcoming, support team environment and this is a nice break from the individual nature of the pro tour’.
Felix and the rest of the team are prepared for their challenges and it helps that their culture will only help each other through thick and thin. They are ready to win and they want Felix to be their main star at the Games.
Words: Cholo Martin