Auger-Aliassime to work with Toni Nadal


FILE PHOTO: Mar 28, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada hits a backhand against John Isner of the United States (not pictured) in the third round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

LONDON (Reuters) - Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime has added Toni Nadal to his coaching team ahead of the European claycourt swing, the 20-year-old confirmed on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters via Zoom, the world number 22 said Nadal, uncle and long-time coach to 13-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal, would start working with him ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters which starts on April 11.

"I will be working with Toni starting from this tournament," Auger-Aliassime, who is coached by Frederic Fontang, said.

"We also had the chance to work with him and Fred and the rest of my team in Mallorca in December but officially starting our relationship now.

"Our values and work ethic really aligns so for me that's a great thing personally and I'm glad he's part of my project and hopefully we can do great things in the future."

Nadal, 60, announced in 2017 he was standing down as his nephew's coach after more than a decade on the road.

He now runs the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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