Most players would find it impossible to play consistent tennis at the highest level, but there are a few exceptions. Felix Auger-Aliassime, a supremely athletic player who has reached the fourth round of three of the four Grand Slams this year, is a youth who needs no introduction to the tennis world.
Felix’s US Open week was memorable, as he reached his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final after Carlos Alcaraz gave a mid-match walkover due to injury in the quarters.
Felix defeated the likes of Roberto Bautista Agut and Frances Tiafoe in New York before losing to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. Despite the setback, the teenager will take pride in his performance and leave New York on a high note.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is admired by many
Even at Wimbledon, Felix made it to the quarterfinals before being defeated in four sets by Matteo Berrettini. Felix Auger-Aliassime is known for his ability to hit winners from deep in the baseline and has a lethal serve to go along with a frightening forehand.
The USTA honoured Felix with the ‘US Open Sportsperson of the Year’ award in recognition of his performances, both on and off the court. Ashleigh Barty received this honourary title on the women’s circuit.
When asked about award, Felix stated that having an impact on people is far more important to him than winning matches or trophies.
🇨🇦 @felixtennis received #USOpen Sportsperson Award— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 11, 2021
“The wins are great, but the impact you have on others … that’s truly what it’s about, for me, in life. I’m happy I’m leaving a positive mark. I can say, ‘Thanks,’ to my parents for that.”https://t.co/B8B3kunvkk
The purpose of this award is to honour tennis players who exhibit outstanding sportsmanship during the hard-court season in the United States. It’s a strategy to encourage kids to practice fair play and respect for their opponents on the court.