Since the 2022 season began, Felix Auger-Aliassime has taken another leap forward. The 21-year-old helped win the ATP Cup for Canada, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, broke into the Top 10 and—finally—won his first career ATP Tour title at Rotterdam. While the Canadian certainly worked hard for his success, he also credits his coach, Frederic Fontang, and Toni Nadal for helping him break through and take his game to the next level.

Auger-Aliassime first brought Uncle Toni onto his coaching staff before Monte Carlo last year and, since then, has made him a staple of his training regiment.


However, his coach, Frederic, has been with him since he was 17, and Felix gives him all the credit in the world.

"Frederic has been the rock for the team. He is the leader and was able to build a great team around me and he is a real professional. I think he deserves more credit than he gets," Felix said during an interview with the ATP.

But his relationship with Uncle Toni is growing stronger by the day.

"It is a really special relationship we have,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I think we took Toni to have that experience from the top of the sport and he built a lot of confidence [for] the team and normality to winning tournaments like this and reaching late stages at Grand Slams."

Auger-Aliassime is currently playing in Marseille, having reached the quarterfinals against Ilya Ivashka.