Young Canadian tennis stars Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov have been making international headlines for the last few years, both in Canada and across the world. The year 2020 has been no exception, these two tennis phenoms continue to rack up the accolades.
The hard work is paying off, as Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime are heading into the Sofia Open ranked number one and two respectively. But first, let’s take a look at some of their top achievements.
Félix and Denis: a bromance we love
Canadians, competitors, brothers.
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10: Denis Shapovalov cracked the top 10 in the ATP ranking after a stellar streak of tennis in September 2020. In that span, he became the first Canadian man to reach a quarterfinals match at the US Open.
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Well, what can I say. I put my heart into every point these last two weeks and came out a little short. Sometimes it do be like that 🤷🏼♂️😂. I just want to take a minute to thank my team and everyone close to me for their help and support. We have all been working extremely hard over the past 6 months and it showed ❤️. I would also like to thank all of my amazing fans for being there with me, on every single point throughout the tournament. I appreciated all of the love over the past two weeks and when my body told me no, you all pushed me to keep going and overcome pain and fatigue. Lastly, I would like to thank @usopen for making this tournament possible. It’s been amazing to be back on court and having the chance to compete again. Like always, the Shapo team will never stop fighting 💪🏼. Thank you guys for being a part of my night train 😎👊🏼🙏🏼 📸: Pete Staples
4: Given all the obstacles these stars had to overcome this year, with the halt in play due to COVID-19, Shapovalov had his best pro season yet. He reached the quarterfinals at four different tournaments this year (ATP Cup, ASB Classic, Open 13, US Open).
Semis: Right after an amazing performance at the US Open, Shapo followed up his quarterfinals appearance there with a semifinals match at the Italien Open.
About a month later at the St. Petersburg Open, the 21-year-old defeated veteran player Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland, to reach yet another semifinal in the calendar year.
Félix Auger-Aliassime: the one who breaks all age records
A year ago, we talked about Felix Auger-Aliassime as a next-generation player, someone who could take over in a few years. Few experts, even within Tennis Canada, had predicted that his climb would be so dizzying.
Then in March 2019, he became the youngest player in tournament history to reach the semifinals.
182: FAA’s spot a year ago on March 19, 2018, in the world rankings.
100: Auger-Aliassime broke through the top 100 on February 25, 2019, when he reached the finals of the Rio Open. And it was not a discrete entrance: he was 60th.
33: Auger-Aliassime was the youngest player to reach this rank since Lleyton Hewitt on October 18, 1999, who was exactly the same age (18 years, 7 months and 24 days).
2000: Auger-Aliassime was the first child of the 2000s to be on the main draw of a grand slam tournament at Flushing Meadows last August.
Auger-Aliassime’s year was impressive and his talent still feels untapped. In February 2020, before the stop in play, he reached the finals at the ATP Rotterdam and the Open 13.
At the US Open, FAA reached the fourth round losing to the eventual tournament champion Dominic Thiem. But along the way, he had exceptional performances including, a dominating match against tennis legend Andy Murray, where the Canadian showed displayed his strength beating the veteran in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
In October, 20-year-old continued to amaze, reaching the finals after a win against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals at the BETT1HULKS Indoors tournament.
1: Auger-Aliassime and his doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz were champions in Paris. In perhaps one of his greatest achievements to date, FAA claimed his first title in doubles at the 2020 Paris Masters.
17: FAA’s current ATP ranking. He’s currently the youngest player ranked in the top 25 and has six runner-up finishes on tour.
It’s clear that Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime are at the top of their game, with still so much room to grow as players. How great can these two tennis phenoms become? It’s uncertain, but the future is bright, very bright.