Former seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe believes that rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime will one day become a Major champion.
Auger-Aliassime, 21, made his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at this past Wimbledon.
Also, Auger-Aliassime made the round-of-16 at last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open.
“I think Felix is moving around nicely, at a good clip, maybe not as great a clip as we would have perhaps thought is possible based on his overall ability. That may end up being a good thing in the long run. He’s not getting overwhelmed with too much too soon,” McEnroe told ESPN Press Room.
“The key is how you learn from your losses, how do you bounce back. I think he’s got the tools to win multiple majors. I do believe he’s going to win majors. I think he’s going to be a truly great player.
“He’s still got some things he needs to work on. I don’t know him well, I’ve only spoken to him a handful of times. He seems for a young kid to be extremely professional, almost to the point it’s like where — I don’t know him off the court — be able to let go, too. It seems like he lives and breathes it. Sometimes that could put more pressure on him.”
McEnroe believes Denis Shapovalov could also win Grand Slams
Shapovalov enjoyed a strong run at Wimbledon but he couldn’t stun Novak Djokovic in his maiden Grand Slam semifinal.
“Denis is also a tremendous talent who had a real chance to win Wimbledon actually if he had gotten that first set. He had chances in the first couple sets in that match. Of course, he’s playing Novak, so… Who is to say Novak wouldn’t have come back and won in four sets,” McEnroe noted.
“I’d say he’s like a wild stallion that’s been let out of the gate and you need to sort of rein him in a little bit to bring him some more consistency so that players don’t play him waiting for him to beat himself. He seems to be doing better with that.
“Obviously the last couple weeks he’s lost his first match both times. That’s sort of like an eye opener. He probably came out of Wimbledon going, I’m going to knock them down, win Toronto, get to the finals of Cincinnati. All of a sudden he finds himself he hasn’t won a match. He’s got to sort of reevaluate.
“Obviously the key when you’re young is to learn from losses and stuff. It’s easier said than done. But he’s another guy I believe that could definitely win majors. They’re not quite at this level where the other guys are that we’ve been talking about. He’s right below that, both of them.”