Felix Auger-Aliassime speaks on his role as playing captain for Canada at ATP Cup

World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime is ready for the role of playing captain at the ATP Cup. 

Auger-Aliassime is set to captain and play for Canada at the ATP Cup. 

“Not much is going to change,” said Auger-Aliassime, per the ATP Cup website. “I think it’s similar to team events we have had before.”

Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov will be hoping to lead Canada to success in the third edition of the ATP Cup. 

“I will be watching Denis’ [Shapovalov] matches, but when the time comes to prepare for mine, I will. That’s the best we can do, just focus on what individually we have to do and try to win every match we play. I love this event…I think it’s good for the sport and it’s good for us players to start the year this way.”

Canada has a strong duo in Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov 

Canada also has Brayden Schnur and Steven Diez at the ATP Cup.

“Doubles is pretty important in these events,” said Shapovalov. “Obviously, it’s the decider. So, it’s great to have three, four guys that can play doubles and play really well.

“Playing throughout the year helps a lot, but we’ve got great players, and everyone can play doubles. I think we’ve got a lot of variety on the team.”

Schnur is excited about starting his season at the ATP Cup. 

“I just feel it could be great preparation for me heading into the year, and any opportunity I get to spend time with these guys and be around them,” said Schnur. “I mean, this is the next generation of top players, so I’m so grateful for the opportunity and just eager to just keep improving myself.”

Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov both skipped the Davis Cup Finals because they felt they needed a rest. 

Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov will now certainly be determined to lead Canada to a good ATP Cup result. 

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