SECOND ATP CHALLENGER TOUR TITLE FOR AUGER-ALIASSIME
Tennis Canada – Montreal, September 9, 2017 – After winning his first ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year at the age of 16 years, 10 months, Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) captured his second Challenger crown on Saturday at the 64 000 € Seville Challenger in Spain.
Auger-Aliassime, who was playing his third tournament since returning from a left wrist injury, fought back to defeat Spaniard Inigo Cervantes 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 in the final. The 17-year-old erased a 6-7(4), 0-3 deficit, winning 9 straight games and he never looked back. He becomes the third player in history to win multiple Challenger titles by the age of 17, joining Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet in this exclusive club.
For the second straight year, the Seville champion is a 17-year-old after Norway’s Casper Ruud was crowned champion in 2016.
Thanks to his title, Auger-Aliassime will enter the top 200 on the ATP World Tour rankings for the first time at no. 168 on Monday and will be the youngest player ranked inside the top 200. He will now head to Bosnia to play a 43 500 € Challenger in Banja Luka where he will face Slovenia’s Blaz Rola in the opening round.
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