By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday November 15, 2021
Welcome to the Top-10 Felix Auger-Aliassime!
The Canadian becomes the second player born in the 2000s to reach the Top-10 on Monday, sliding past Jannik Sinner to become the third ATP player from Canada to ever rank inside the Top-10.
Auger-Aliassime finishes a breakthrough season with a 38-24 record that saw him reach his first major quarterfinal at Wimbledon and then top that at the US Open where he played his first Grand Slam semifinal.
The 21-year-old, who just claimed his 100th ATP win last week at Stockholm, recently announced that he was ending his season due to a knee injury. Auger-Aliassime says that he will not represent Canada at this year’s Davis Cup Finals.
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) November 14, 2021
The ATP has now seen four Top-10 debuts in the last few months:
Casper Ruud: Top 10 debut on September 13, 2021 (current No.8)
Hubert Hurkacz: Top 10 debut on October 18, 2021 (current No.9)
Jannik Sinner: Top 10 debut on November 1, 2021 (current No.11)
Felix Auger-Aliassime: Top 10 debut on November 15, 2021
In other ranking news, American Tommy Paul rises to a career-high ranking of 43 after claiming his maiden title at Stockholm. That gives the American men six Top-50 players, including Taylor Fritz, the No.1 American, who is currently ranked 23.
“It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a tennis tournament. It means everything to win my first title. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this and I’d like to break into the Top 30.” – Tommy Paul after winning the #StockholmOpen
— Randy Walker (@TennisPublisher) November 14, 2021
Five of those six American men are aged 24 or younger.
In total, American men have ten players ranked inside the Top-70, with seven aged 24 or younger, including three – No.62 Brandon Nakashima (20), No.56 Jenson Brooksby (21) and No.41 Sebastian Korda (21) – that are 21 or younger.