May 21, 2022

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Tokyo | Felix Agar-Aliassim and his father Sam Aliassim enjoy some of the most precious moments in the Olympic Games.

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As in the days when he taught the basics of tennis, Sams would be Felix ‘coach during the games. It is a time when father and son are most appreciated. “It’s heartening to be with Felix for the Olympics,” Sam said after Felix trained Thursday. Ever since Felix was a kid, he dreamed of the Olympics, but I did not hesitate to live this moment so quickly. I want to use this opportunity to live beautiful moments in his company. “

“It simply came to our notice then that we were living in TokyoE Rocket in ATP rankings. Frank (Danswick) is the captain of the Canadian team, but it’s good to have Dad coach He was close for games, which brings back memories of my youth. Although he is not always physical, my father is always in his thoughts. “

The request was accepted

Agar-aliasim applied to come with his father. His request was accepted. After the Wimbledon tournament, where Felix reached the quarter-finals, Sam joined his son in Monaco and the two traveled to Tokyo together.

“With everything my father has achieved for me, it’s a way to thank him. He’s telling me this morning [jeudi] He never thought he would one day be in the Olympics. We have guest rights. My father does not live in an Olympic village like me, but in a nearby hotel. You can see each other on the pitch, but not outside. “

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Sam mentioned that he would always be there for his son. “We always formed a team,” he concluded. Our teamwork will not stop after the Olympics or be limited to games. It continues. “

Tokyo | Felix Agger-Aliasim will have a select opponent in the first round after crossing swords with two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray and two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray, who won in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016. They cross swords on Saturday.

Pointing to 9E In the seeds, Agar-aliasim has won a career-best duel in recent years against Britain, which has to deal with injuries. “This is a big challenge beyond our sport, it goes further,” Agar-Aliasim said. Since I am the only Canadian in Tokyo on the men’s side, a lot of people are waiting to see this game at home to cheer Canada on. At my first appearance in the games I wanted to excel and Murray had a title to defend and he was very motivated. Although he is not showing his best form, I am preparing for his best tennis. “

To his 4E Games and occupied 104E A position in the ATP standings, Murray owes his existence in the Japanese capital to the withdrawal of his compatriot Cameron Nori, 34.E World Rocket. In 2008 in Beijing, he lost in the first round.

For his part, Agar-Aliassim did not hesitate to take part in the Olympic tournament, much to the dismay of many, especially his compatriots Shapovalov and Pospisil. “Canada has given me so much in the past and it is a great honor to represent my country. It’s a good thing for young people who have the opportunity to see me play.”

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Throughout their careers, Agar-Aliasim and Murray crossed the sword only once, and at the 2020 US Open, Kubecker finished in 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. “This victory gives me confidence,” he said.

Lela facing Astrenska

On behalf of the women, Laval’s Lela Fernandez will face Ukraine’s Diana Astrenska in the first round, who has just returned from a six-month suspension for positive mesterolone control. Her appeal was accepted by an independent court, which cleared her after hearing her story. 46 was suspended in January before playing in the Australian OpenE The World Rocket returned to the game on July 9 in Hamburg.

In doubles, Canadians and 7E Favorites Gabriella Dabrowski and Sharon Fichen will face Brazilians Laura Pigossi and Louisa Stephanie.

The Olympic tournament runs from July 24 to August 1.