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Félix’s fantastic 2018 comes to a close

Nov 08, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Félix Auger-Aliassime took to Instagram on Wednesday to officially announce the end of his 2018 season following his withdrawal from the ATP Challenger event in Mouilleron-le-Captif, France. The 18-year-old made history this season when at 17 years, 10 months old he became the youngest player to defend a Challenger title following his triumph in Lyon. He remains the youngest player in the Top 200, finishing his season just outside the Top 100.

“That’s a wrap for me this season,” said Auger-Aliassime. “Another memorable year doing what I love most. A special thank you to my team and my closes for their continuous support. Already looking forward to 2019 and the challenges ahead…”

Auger-Aliassime claimed his first ATP Tour match win earlier in the season when he defeated fellow-Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, falling to compatriot Milos Raonic in the second round. Other highlights include a first tour-level quarter-final at the Chengdu Open in September, his first Rogers Cup victory in front of a packed Aviva Centre stadium, as well as an epic first-round clash with best friend Denis Shapovalov at the US Open — one which ended in tears and hugs in an exceptional display of Canadian sportsmanship.

In 2019, the rising Canadian talent will look to make the transition from Challenger-level tournaments onto the ATP World Tour. On the cusp of the world’s Top 100, he’ll aim to join countrymen Pospisil, Shapovalov and Raonic at the highest level of competition next season, with sights surely set on making more history in his young, promising career.