Young Canadian tennis stars Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov have been making international headlines for several months, both in Canada and internationally. The next stop in the ascend to becoming Canada’s next great tennis stars has begun.
But first, to better understand the magnitude of their rise in recent months, let’s take a look at the numbers.
Félix and Denis: a bromance we love
Canadians, competitors, brothers.
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) March 29, 2019
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).
20: FAA’s current ATP ranking.
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.
We don’t know exactly what is waiting for the two friends, but what we do know is that it will be great.