Felix Auger-Aliassime has moved into the quarterfinals of Miami with a big-boy win over Nikoloz Basilashvili. The young man with the initials “FAA” is taking off — maybe not in full flight, but certainly to the extent that his career is well and fully off the ground. Just 18, Auger-Aliassime elicited considerable concerns several months ago when he was felled by health problems at the U.S. Open. Hopefully, he will enjoy a long and prosperous career in which health is his companion, not his enemy.
Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu, both 18 years old, have made significant headlines in Canada and around the world in the month of March. Andreescu in particular has taken the tennis world by storm, winning Indian Wells as a wild card. She won seven matches — since she obviously lacked a first-round bye in the 96-player event — and beat Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber in the semifinals and finals. She won both matches 6-4 in the third set. Andreescu then came to Miami and flummoxed Kerber again in three sets before finally running out of gas against Anett Kontaveit in the fourth round.
Andreescu and Felix have starred in March, furthering Canada’s emergence as a prominent tennis nation.
Dennis Shapovalov is part of the Canadian revolution as well. He said something very interesting about the relationship and balance between hockey and tennis in Canada. What is it that Shapovalov said? What insights can we glean from this new dawn in the history of Canadian tennis? Saqib Ali asked Michael Gallo [@Galloots on Twitter] of TSN television and TSN Tennis in Canada about these topics and more in the latest Tennis With An Accent Podcast, presented by Radio Influence.
Andreescu. Felix. Shapo. Milos Raonic. Don’t forget Daniel Nestor and others.
Canadian tennis is what’s hot right now. Spend a little under an hour getting a lot more context and perspective on tennis in Canada with Michael Gallo and Saqib Ali at TWAA.