Felix Auger-Aliassime's growth process has come to a halt in recent months. The Canadian player has not yet managed to win his first ATP tournament and in early 2021 he lost the seventh final of his career in the major circuit at the ATP 250 Melbourne 2 tournament.
Auger-Aliassime's problems seem to concern the mental aspect rather than the technical one; the player born in 2000 hears the matches and often fails to express his best tennis in important moments. Precisely for this reason, the news launched by the newspaper Marca could open up new and interesting scenarios.
Toni Nadal is in fact ready to return to coaching in the ATP Tour and the player who will benefit from this collaboration is Auger-Aliassime. Toni Nadal broke off his working relationship with his nephew Rafael in 2017, but is now looking forward to this experience.
The Monte Carlo Masters 1000 will start next week and the draw could put Nadal and Auger-Aliassime up against each other. "A possible challenge with Rafa in Monte Carlo? If we have to play against him, I won't be on either bench.
But if he really has to lose to someone, I hope that Felix will beat him," said Toni Nadal. "When I received his offer, I immediately asked him to join me at the Academy and to work together for about ten days and see if I could really help him or not.
Collaborating with a player who has strong ambitions is a challenge that particularly satisfies me. My goal is to work with respectful and valued people. I was lucky enough to work all my life with a guy who has always respected me.
Felix, in theory, should become one of the best tennis players in the future. It's always nice to work with players like that." The agreement between the two, for now, does not have a deadline and does not provide for a permanent presence by the Spanish coach.
The only sure thing is that Toni Nadal will follow Auger-Aliassime in the most important tournaments on the Tour.
OFFICIAL: Roland Garros 2021 postponed by a week!
The news was in the air, but now it's official: the Roland Garros in Paris, initially scheduled to start next May 17th, will slip by a week instead, so it will be held from May 24th (with the start of the billboard qualification) as of June 13, 2021.
The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic in France has in fact worsened in recent hours, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to proclaim a third national lockdown last Saturday. The press release published on the Roland Garros website reads: "In agreement with the French public authorities and the governing bodies of international tennis, the French Tennis Federation has taken the responsible decision to postpone the 2021 edition of Roland Garros.
a week long, with the tournament taking place now from May 24th to June 13th. In his last speech on March 31, the President announced that a program for the progressive restoration of cultural and sporting events, subject to the improvement of the health situation, will be established from mid-May.
Using this as a starting point, the FFT worked closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the relevant government departments on possible scenarios for the organization of Roland Garros, while taking into account the international sporting calendar.
In this context, it seemed that the best solution was to postpone the tournament by a week. The qualifying rounds will therefore be held from Monday 24th to Friday 28th May and will be followed by those of the main draw, from 30th May to 13th June ”.
The decision to move the competition by seven days also means that there will be only two weeks before the start of the Wimbledon tournament, canceled in 2020, which starts on June 18. The knock-on effects on the rest of the ATP and WTA calendar of the year are inevitable, especially for the first events on grass which now see themselves threatened by the dangerous expansion of the season on clay.