World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime described his good friend Denis Shapovalov as a “jokester” and someone who is very funny and energetic.
Auger-Aliassime is playing-captain for Canada at the ATP Cup as he and Shapovalov are hoping to lead the team to the title.
Auger-Aliassime was asked to describe the personality of players on the team.
“Denis [Shapovalov] is a jokester, you can see it, he’s funny, he brings a lot of emotion and he’s also very energetic and explosive when he’s on the court. Brayden [Schnur] is a calm guy, he’s very poised and mature. Steven Diez is very energetic and a funny guy, he’s very generous too, always ready to help and give a lot of himself. And we have our veteran Peter Polansky, who’s not with us unfortunately, but he’s the veteran of Canada, he’s played in Davis Cup, and again he’s very poised and calm, I’ve never really seen him get angry or aggressive, so I think that’s the best way to describe him,” Auger-Aliassime told the ATP Cup.
Auger-Aliassime recalls his first tennis club
“It was a park in Montreal, Canada. That’s where I hit my first tennis balls, before we got the chance to play in a real tennis club. I just learned in public parks, like we see everywhere in the world.
From what I remember the quality of the courts wasn’t great but it was okay to play on. I was three or four years old, so that’s enough to play on. I still live not far from those courts, when I’m in Montreal, so it’s good memories to see those courts again.
Canada made a losing start to the ATP Cup as they lost to the United States in their opener.
Auger-Aliassime and company will be hoping to bounce back when they meet Great Britain in their second match.
Auger-Aliassime is set to battle Cameron Norrie in singles.