In this episode I have a great chat with Frederic Fontang who is in Paris at the French Open 2021, coaching Felix Auger-Aliassime.
A successful junior, Fontang won the Petits As in 1984 and was the French 16s champion in 1986. An ATP Professional Player between 1989 and 1998, reached a career-high ranking of World No. 59, and captured the ATP Tour title in Palermo in 1991. After his playing career, Frederic became coach of Jeremy Chardy and remained with him for 12 years. During this time Chardy won the 2005 Wimbledon Championships Boys’ Singles title, won ATP 250 title in Stuttgart and reached the fourth round of the French Open the next year. Worked with Vasek Pospisil from October 2012 to August 2016. During this time, Pospisil reached an ATP ranking of No. 25 in singles and No. 4 in doubles.
He also coached Caroline Garcia from march 2011 to June 2012. Final US Open Juniors and semi Final at French open Juniors. Frederic is the coach for the Canadian Davis Cup team. We talk about his professional playing career, his coaching career, coaching Felix and collaborating/working with Toni Nadal, who has joined their team in 2021; and much more….
A successful junior, Fontang won the Petits As in 1984 and was the French 16s champion in 1986.
Fontang had his best year on tour in 1991 when he reached two ATP Tour finals. He was runner-up in the San Marino Open and won a tournament in Palermo.
The following year he reached the quarter-finals at Palermo and was also a quarter-finalist in the Estoril Open. At these tournaments he had wins over three top 40 players, Franco Davín, Javier Sánchez and Fabrice Santoro.
Fontang took part in seven French Opens but didn’t register a win until his final attempt, in 1997, when he defeated Patrik Fredriksson in the opening round.