Felix Auger-Aliassime made waves when he introduced forward of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters that Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle, just lately joined his workforce. Now the #NextGenATP Canadian is able to soak in the entire veteran coach’s classes.
“First off it’s an enormous privilege,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned. “It’s an enormous probability that I’ve to have him by my facet, to be a coach, my mentor [and] to assist me be a greater participant.”
In the direction of the top of final yr, Auger-Aliassime wished to search out somebody to fill a mentorship position, and the Canadian and his workforce approached Nadal to see if there could be a risk of working collectively.
“We had the prospect to coach with him in December in his dwelling, in Mallorca. It went effectively from the primary days and after, we noticed how it will be potential to proceed to work collectively sooner or later. And we did,” Auger-Aliassime revealed. “I’m glad that we’re the place we are actually right now and he’s with me now on this first event collectively. Thus far it’s been good.”
What does the 20-year-old consider Nadal brings to his workforce? For starters, Uncle Toni has loads of expertise from working along with his nephew.
“When it comes to coaches, there aren’t many who have [had] a profession like he did, actually. It’s superb to have him,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned. “We needed to see in fact if we linked, if our values, if our personalities linked they usually actually did. I like him as an individual earlier than anything and I believe we now have actually excessive mutual respect for one another and for everyone else additionally on my workforce: Frederic, my coach, my health coach and my physio.
“It’s actually a blessing to have an individual like this moreover me.”
Frederic Fontang, Auger-Aliassime’s longtime coach, will not be going wherever with this transfer. The World No. 21 referred to Fontang as his “major coach”, whereas Nadal will be a part of them at some huge occasions.
“Toni has the half extra of a advisor, mentor and I believe that’s how we wish to see it,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned. “They’re working very well collectively, speaking effectively. We’re at all times in contact, even when Toni isn’t there. It’s good as a result of it’s necessary that the 2 coaches are additionally getting alongside effectively.”
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There isn’t only one a part of his recreation that Auger-Aliassime is seeking to enhance on. The Canadian additionally understands that working with Nadal doesn’t imply he’ll abruptly flip into Rafa on clay.
“We’ll see if he might help me and if he can convey me recommendation and instruments to be a greater participant on this floor. That will be nice,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned. “However it doesn’t come as a straight assure that having him in my nook will assure me victories on clay.”
The seven-time ATP Tour finalist is striving to be “as full as I may be”, shoring up all areas of his recreation. Auger-Aliassime is aware of he has already cracked the High 20 within the FedEx ATP Rankings, reaching a career-high of World No. 17, and believes there may be loads of room left to develop.
For now, he’ll deal with advancing so far as potential on the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Auger-Aliassime took a 4-2 lead in opposition to Cristian Garin of their first-round conflict on Monday earlier than play was suspended till Tuesday on account of rain.