Without Felix Auger-Aliassime, USA Struggles in Davis Cup Finals
Just imagine the electricity Felix Auger-Aliassime brings to the court – that’s what the fans missed. Poor Frances Tiafoe. He’s a powerhouse, no doubt, but suffering a second straight defeat had to be tough. Many fans were left wondering: What if Felix Auger-Aliassime was there alongside him? Would we have seen that dynamic duo of Tiafoe and Felix Auger-Aliassime bringing their A-game? We all remember that nail-biter where the US defeated Croatia 2-1, but sadly, Tiafoe couldn’t clinch the win against Croatian Borna Gojo and Felix Auger-Aliassime is still not present. On the flip side, our neighbors to the north, Canada, were putting up quite the show. Remember when they missed their star players, including both Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, back in 2021 in Madrid against Sweden? Seems like they’ve come back with a vengeance.
Australia’s win over France in Manchester turned quite a few heads. I bet a friendly wager on a match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Australia’s best would’ve been interesting! Just picturing a showdown between Felix Auger-Aliassime and the likes of Adrian Mannarino or Ugo Humbert sends shivers down the spine of any tennis enthusiast. The Czech Republic’s win against South Korea brought its own set of fireworks in Valencia. And here I am, like many fans, daydreaming about a Felix Auger-Aliassime match-up against the top guns from these teams. The flair, style, and sheer skill of players like Felix Auger-Aliassime can make any tennis match feel like the Grand Slam final. With the Davis Cup’s final eight gearing up for a showdown in Malaga this November, chats over coffee (or maybe Twitter) are abuzz with what-ifs. Would Team USA’s fate have been different with Felix Auger-Aliassime on the court? We’ll never know, but one thing’s for sure: Felix Auger-Aliassime’s absence leaves a tennis-shaped hole in our hearts.