Canadian doubles star Gabriela Dabrowski was positively surprised when Felix Auger-Aliassime approached her to introduce himself.
Auger-Aliassime, 21, approached Dabrowski the first time when he was a junior and nicely greeted her.
“He even knowing who I was & saying ‘Hello,’ as a teenager doing that, I was taken aback, but in a really good way. He’s got a great upbringing,” Dabrowski said of Auger-Aliassime, per Mark Masters.
Auger-Aliassime, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world, has been considered as one of the most talented and promising players on the Tour for years.
Auger-Aliassime made his Grand Slam breakthrough at this year’s US Open as he reached his maiden Grand Slam semifinal.
“He’s an amazing guy. He’s so respectful of everyone. Amazing work ethic, so focused on the court, but in a very keep-your-head-down, humble way. I’ve always admired that about him,” Dabrowski added of Auger-Aliassime.
Auger-Aliassime constantly improving and growing
After making his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at this past Wimbledon, Auger-Aliassime learned from that experience and went a step further at the US Open.
“I’ve gotten impatient sometimes this year, last year,” Auger-Aliassime noted after his US Open quarterfinal match against Carlos Alcaraz. “I had I think losses that I was disappointed with either in Grand Slams or in Masters. I think I just learned to accept them, to keep my self-belief high, to keep working well, and things would come. Have the belief that things would come, and you never know exactly when, at some point things would click and I would get a great result.
“I’m happy that this tournament, on a stage like this, the US Open, to be performing the way I’m performing. At the same time I’m still in the tournament, so that’s the best part, is that it’s not over.
“Certainly, yeah, it’s already been a great tournament. I hope to do more.”