Teenaged ace Felix Auger-Aliassime has launched a hometown charm offensive on Canadian media after critical home reports of his life in the tax-free municipality of Monaco.
The 19-year-old blunted some of the criticism in the country’s Anglophile press by inviting journos to visit him at home in the luxury slice of Mediterranean beach where many of the game’s top stars reside.
The youngster is merely following the Canadian tradition of tennis players basing themselves anywhere but Canada for obvious tax reasons.
Over the years, Daniel Nestor and family were resident based in the Bahamasduring his career, with current player Vasek Pospisil also living here. Milos Raonic is a neighbor of Auger-Aliassime in Monaco.
The city-state is also home to eight of the world top 20,, including Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
After reading the critical reports from Toronto, Auger-Aliassime turned his attention to Montreal, with media who made the get-acquainted trip across the Atlantic now seemingly onside with the rising tennis power’s latest breakthrough.
The right-hander who reached the Wimbledon third round in his debut last summer, has lived in the principality for year in a rented flat.
But the ATP No. 21 emphasises that life there is all about the tennis; he met his hometown media at the Monte Carlo Country Club, which he can reach on foot only minutes from his place.
“Being here did not make me want to buy a big car and make inappropriate expenses that I would not normally do. It does not change my habits,” he told the Montreal Gazette.
“When I see these numbers (2019 prize earnings $1.6 million) I think it’s good.
But it’s my agent who manages everything related to money and payments.
“I just want to live well and concentrate on my career, on what I have to do. , Everyone would be happy with so much money because it brings a certain comfort and freedom, but it is not my priority. ”
The Canadian admitted: “Sometimes I buy a nice piece of clothing, but for me money is synonymous with freedom and comfort,” he says.
“Money does not change anything for me. Yes, you have the freedom to allow yourself more things, but then you remain the same person. ”
Felix Auger-Aliassime in action at Wimbledon 2019 third round. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd.