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Tennis: When he teases his opponent, Félix Auger-Aliassime, in the middle of a match

Tennis: When he teases his opponent, Félix Auger-Aliassime, in the middle of a match

Stoke Bogis, England | An exhibition tournament like The Boodles, played by Félix Auger-Aliassime this week near London, is nothing like an official ATP event.

There are no ranking points at stake. The grant – usually very generous – is already secured. That’s why competitors are there to improve their gameplay in a lighter atmosphere than usual.

Felix and Russia’s Andrei Rublev showed it on Wednesday. On the court, smiles were more numerous than during an ATP match. The opponent’s good shots were often welcomed.

“What do you do?”

Above all, Rublev did not fail to infuriate Auger-Aliassime when the latter allowed a seemingly easy-to-hit ball in the second set of this encounter. Lost 7-6, 7-6 by Quebec.

“But what did you do last night?” The Russian laughed at him… hinting that “FAA” might have gone to bed late.

Auger-Alysime smiled, but did not fail to retaliate at the next point. Especially since, according to him, he “froze,” because he thought “so [Rublev] He would have gone to the other side or he would have tried to drop the ball.

“I told him he must have been practicing his serve a lot lately, to see the way he was serving,” explained Felix with a laugh.

They get along very well

However, do not look for hostility where there is none, the two opponents get along very well. “We’ve known each other for a long time!” He said on the 12thH worldwide.

It is besides Rublev who is emblazoned with the “FAA” With a new titlelast year.

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If we think that it is because Felix expresses himself so well, the latter believes that the Russian called him “Oxford”, because he was “dressed like the top of the class” during the ATP Finals in Turin.

In short, this time too, Felix didn’t care.