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Felix Drops Coach Marx

Felix Auger-Aliassime has announced he will not be working any longer with his coach of six years, Gillaume Marx.

Felix said of Marx on Instagram: “I’ve recently decided to part ways with my long term coach Guillaume Marx. Our collaboration ends in the utmost integrity and respect for one another. In the last six years, I have had the chance to work with a coach (who) was passionate and entirely devoted to my career and the success of my project. He helped me develop as a tennis player and a person regardless of the many challenges we faced along the way. He is a big reason why I’m now at this stage of my career and that’s why I think we can be proud of what we’ve accomplished together. On top of it all, he has taught me fundamental values that will serve me for the rest of my life. And that, for me, is priceless. I keep only positive memories of the moments we’ve shared and I take this opportunity to wish him all the success he deserves in his future projects. For my part, I will keep working with Frédéric Fontang and the rest of my team. Thank you for everything coach. I will be eternally grateful.”

Auger-Aliassime has reached the ATP top 20 in singles and played in four finals in 2020 but there is a sense his progression has stagnated this year. He lost in three finals.

Marx will continue in his primary job as the head coach of the men’s development program at Tennis Canada’s National Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Frederic Fontang will continue to coach Felix however it’s probable Felix will give serious consideration to hiring a new coach with top 20 ATP experience, such as Fabrice Santoro, Thomas Johansson (who just split with Goffin), Peter Lundgren, or perhaps Marat Safin, who has previously announced he is interested to coach any player, ATP or WTA.

The 20 year old is currently ranked 21 and his won/loss record for the season is a disappointing 23-17. He lost the Cologne Final to Alexander Zverev 63 63 last month and his last result was in Vienna, a first round 75 75 defeat to world no. 81 Vasek Pospisil.

Felix had a rough start to 2020, suffering three losses in the ATP Cup to Dusan Lajovic, Jan-Lennard Struff, and John Millman, all in straight sets. He lost first round in the Australian Open to Ernests Gulbis in four sets. Then he made the final in Rotterdam, losing to Monfils 62 64.

2021 will be Felix’s fifth ATP season.

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1 comment

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 9, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Felix won his first ATP title in Paris with Hurkacz, they beat Soares and Pavic.

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