Three times on Sunday, 15-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was one point away from making history in the junior boys’ singles final at Roland-Garros.
Auger-Aliassime held three match points at 6-5 in the third set, but was unable to convert his chances before ultimately falling 1-6, 6-3, 8-6 to crowd favourite Geoffrey Blancaneaux of France.
The Canadian was trying to become the youngest player to win the French Open boys’ title and just the third player from Canada to win a junior Grand Slam singles title. He became the first Canadian to reach a Major final since Filip Peliwo at the U.S. Open in 2012.
Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime loses 8-6 in 3rd … Had three championship points at 6-5 pic.twitter.com/0xa4bKyaVV
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) June 5, 2016
Despite the loss, Auger-Aliassime will rise to no. 2 on the world junior rankings, a career-high.
— FFT (@FFTennis) June 5, 2016