TOKYO (Reuters) – Will probably be a dream come true for Felix Auger-Aliassime when he marches together with his Canada teammates on the opening ceremony of the Olympic Video games on Friday however the 20-year-old says he isn’t travelling to Tokyo to solely benefit from the second.
There might be no insecurity for Auger-Aliassime, who turns 21 on the day the Tokyo Olympics closes subsequent month, when he makes his Video games debut after his latest quarter-finals run at Wimbledon – his finest outcome at a Grand Slam.
His first reminiscence of Olympics was from the Beijing Video games in 2008 when as an eight-year-old he watched the Canadian athletes march on the opening ceremony.
“I used to be amazed by them and bear in mind dreaming of at some point strolling the place they stroll,” Auger-Aliassime informed the summer season 2021 version of the ITFWorld journal. “Simply to see myself of their footwear now and suppose there’s a child again dwelling who’s watching and possibly pondering the identical as I did is wonderful.
“Actually, I’m so excited. The Olympics was all the time a dream of mine rising up and my first reminiscence was seeing how huge it was. It reaches method additional than your personal sport or your self. I really like the Olympics and it is going to be a dream come true.
“To be 20 years outdated and in a position to say I’m going to be an Olympian, it’s one thing very particular.”
Auger-Aliassime will lead Canada’s cost on the Ariake Tennis Park after his compatriot Denis Shapovalov pulled out because of the pandemic.
Former U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu additionally joined males’s world quantity 10 Shapovalov in withdrawing because of related concern.
Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau have received the one tennis medal for Canada on the quadrennial showpiece after they triumphed within the males’s doubles in Sydney in 2000.
Auger-Aliassime hoped he may populate that checklist.
“I’m not going there to simply benefit from the second,” the world quantity 15 mentioned. “It’s all in regards to the build-up now and changing into an Olympian however as soon as it comes nearer to beginning, it can grow to be extra about competing and profitable.
“That’s why I’m going there. I’m going there to try to compete and win, not simply be a child having fun with the second.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; enhancing by Sam Holmes)