Felix Auger-Aliassime hopes Canada’s ATP Cup victory inspires kids back home

World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime admitted it wasn’t easy after losing the opening tie at the ATP Cup with a 3-0 score but he was glad how Canada bounced back. 

After Canada lost to the United States in their opener, they beat Great Britain and Germany to make the semifinal. 

“So, yeah, it was a tough start, but at the end things came in together well after that first tie that we lost 3-0. We bounced back really well against Great Britain. Then I think from that moment we started gaining more and more belief,” Auger-Aliassime said, per Sportskeeda.

“Of course, being so close to being out of the group and then coming out, you’re kind of on that survival mode and I think we just carried that all the way through to today.”

Auger-Aliassime, Canada won the ATP Cup

Canada then beat Russia in the semifinal, before beating Spain to lift their maiden ATP Cup title. 

Auger-Aliassime, 21, hopes this success will inspire kids to pick up the racket and go play tennis.

“I hope this inspires kids and people back home in these tough times right now,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I mean, Canada’s been, a lot of provinces have been going down into lockdown again, not going out much. And I hope this gives them, just puts a smile on their face and gives them a little bit of support and hope. And then, yeah, inspires a next generation.”

Also, Auger-Aliassime said he believes Canada now has several rgeat players. 

“I think now we can just show that this country not only has great players but it has a lot of good players, a lot of players that can compete at the highest level on the tour. I mean, like you said there’s Milos [Raonic] and Vasek [Pospisil] missing, but here we are with this trophy,” Auger-Aliassime said. “We’re a great nation of tennis, I think have proved that for sure now and it has to keep going.”