Toni Nadal: ‘I said to Rafa: ‘Felix Auger-Aliassime is going to be very good”

Toni Nadal says he believes there is ‘no doubt’ that Felix Auger-Aliassime can become world number one.

Nadal has made his return to coaching by joining the 20-year-old Canadian’s team – his first coaching job at ATP Tour level since guiding his nephew Rafael Nadal through the majority of his career.

He is clearly excited about the prospect of working with Auger-Aliassime, and he said he recognised the potential immediately.

“When I saw [Auger-Aliassime] play for the first time, we said to Rafael ‘this kid is going to be very good,” Toni Nadal told ATPTour.com.

“And I think that he should aspire to that. He left me with a feeling that he was a great player.

“I saw him in a Challenger event against Jaume Munar, a player from our Academy, and I thought, ‘What a player!’

“He was 16, but you could already see that he would be one of the best in the world. Now he has to work to confirm it and to become that.

“At the moment we’re in an era of tennis with some very good players. Felix will have to compete in the coming years with players like [Daniil] Medvedev, [Alexander] Zverev, [Dominic] Thiem, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas.

“And other players coming through like [Jannik] Sinner and I guess [Carlos] Alcaraz too. The competition will be tough, but I believe he’ll be there.

“I am very interested in Felix doing as well as possible and hopefully in the future he can be world number one. I’m in no doubt. At the moment he has to improve.”

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