Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime can expect the best in clay-court counsel after Toni Nadal confirmed he will mentor the teenaged hope during the spring dirt season.
FAA, ranked 22nd at age 19, will get the benefit of the man who helped nephew Rafael Nadal to the top of the tennis world, but two years ago turned that week-to-week, high-pressure gig over to Carlos Moya with help from Francisco Roig.
Auger-Aliassime trained over the off-season at Nadal’s academy on the family’s home island of Mallorca, with the deal with the elder Nadal due to run only through Roland Garros, according to MARCA.
The teenager will still be guided by regular mentor Frédéric Fontang.
Nadal’s academy tweeted the new development with the Monte Carlo Masters opening the European clay season on Monday.
“(Academy) director Toni Nadal has travelled to Monte Carlo to begin a new collaboration with the team of @felixtennis,” the organisation tweeted on Thursday.
Nadal explained to Spanish media how the coaching arrangement came about:
“I told him to come to the Academy for 10 days, to see if I could be useful to him. I hadn’t considered the possibility of training another player,” he told MARCA..
“As academy director, I can collaborate with a player who has the highest aspirations, a challenge that particularly appeals to me.”
Main photo:- Felix Auger-Aliassime in action in Monte Carlo 2019