Australian internationals: when Felix gets angry

Australian internationals: when Felix gets angry

MELBOURNE, Australia | There are those players who have become experts in the art of freaking out on the pitch. Those who break the racket, those who yell at the referee or the public, those who monologue for a long time in the middle of a game, those who tell the members of their box to shut up without putting on their white gloves.

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Tennis fans can name a few: Australian Nick Kyrgios or Canadian Denis Shapovalov, in particular.

But Felix Auger-Aliassime is probably not on this list. So it was a little surprising to see the “FAA” frustrated on the court at times during their third-round match against 28-year-old Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina.me first in the series.


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In the third set, when the Quebecois had still regained the initiative of the game, en route to a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory, he screamed a couple of times after a missed shot.


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We also saw him talking to his section, which includes his coach, Frédéric Fontang, among others.

“I wasn’t happy with the way the second set went and that mood held up for a bit afterward,” said the sixth seed. He got to touch my ego. It wasn’t going my way, especially considering how I started the match. [Félix a remporté la manche initiale en… 25 minutes]. »

Don’t whine just to whine

There are, however, two kinds of frustrations on the ground, Auger-Aliassime noted. One good and one bad. This was the good one. The one that “allows you to stay focused.”

“For me, there is a difference between this frustration and just complaining or crying, as they say,” he said with a smile.

Either way, the 22-year-old didn’t have much reason to ‘cry’ this time.

After a rather difficult start to the tournament, marked by a four-set victory against his compatriot Vasek Pospisil and another in five sets, during which he found himself with his back against the wall against Slovak Alex Molcan, Auger-Aliassime was “generally happy with his level of play” on Friday.

“Even if I win the tournament…”


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Yes, Cerundolo came back in the second pass. But Félix was pleased to have lived “a good start.” “I am happy with the way I started. I was playing my best tennis. Then after, it’s normal for your opponent to react. »


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The Quebecois has yet to come to terms with the balls used in Melbourne, which tend to slow down after a few points and don’t allow him to apply the desired spin to his forehand.

“Even if I win the tournament, my opinion won’t change! The river.

But he was happy with the adjustments made to training during his rest day the day before. Adjustments that will allow him to play the round of 16 in Melbourne, a year after reaching the quarterfinals there.

in the second week

This passage from the famous “second week” was highlighted by the “FAA” during the traditional dedication of the camera lens, after their victory.

Despite this signing, Félix assures that he does not have “a different approach at this stage of the tournament.” “I prepare with the same seriousness, the same discipline. »

Meeting with reporters, Auger-Aliassime believed he would cross swords, Saturday night or Sunday night Eastern time, with 11-year-old Briton Cameron Norrie.me Favourite. A player who has already beaten five times.

Norrie, however, lost in five sets and his opponent will instead be the amazing 71-year-old Czech Jiri Lehecka.me world, that Québécois have never lived up to it.

“However, I know that from this moment on, and for all the matches that will follow, I must play my best tennis, he stressed anyway. And if I’m not playing my best tennis, I have to be at my best mentally and physically. »

live from melbourne park

In Australia, there is an expression that says that “everything wants to kill you”. And that’s not about Aussies, who for the most part are smiling, courteous and laid back. No, it is rather wild animals that can put you in danger, especially because of their poison. However, this is less the case in large centers like Melbourne. At Melbourne Park, the only wildlife we’ve seen so far are seagulls that fly over the stadiums looking for a few abandoned chips or even those moths that come to bother the players just before serving. But the truth is that the second most populated city in the country and its surroundings have some animal species that it is better to be careful of. We haven’t found any yet… and hope it stays that way.

THE CASICANO IN FLOWER


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This black and white plumage bird becomes particularly aggressive in spring, when the female is incubating her eggs. It usually attacks humans, especially cyclists who pass by its nest. And that can hurt: last year there were 1,800 blackcurrant attacks across the country. One hundred were injured, including children. In 2022, Melbourne had to close some of its parks and playgrounds after birds preyed on young children. An interactive map indicating the location of these birds was made available to the public.

THE BLACK WIDOW OF AUSTRALIA


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This red-backed spider has venom that can be deadly, although an antidote for its venom was discovered in the mid-1950s. Since then, it has caused no deaths in Australia, although hundreds of bites are still reported each year. Only the female is dangerous, but she is not particularly aggressive. Its body measures about 10 millimeters. It is especially recognizable by its long legs and the red or orange spot that adorns its back. And you can find them in big cities like Melbourne. The black widow likes warm climates. It usually weaves its webs in the backyards of residences.

VENOMOUS SNAKES


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There are several species of venomous snakes in Australia and some can even be seen in the greater Melbourne area. Like the tiger snake, for example, recognizable by its stripes. Their venom can kill you if you don’t get treatment after a bite. There is also the Austrelaps superbus (see in front), which can also cause fatal injuries if first aid is not provided promptly. This one lives in particular in the State of Victoria, but less in the big centers. The state of Victoria, precisely, reminds that snakes are generally not aggressive and that they will only attack if they feel threatened.

WHAT ABOUT THE SHARKS IN ALL THIS?


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Australia is known for its sharks. Some 170 species live in its waters, but there have been no fatal attacks in Victoria state for more than 35 years, according to the government website. It is also quite rare to see them up close on the Melbourne beaches around Port Philip Bay. So when one of them points the fin tip, it’s usually the starter. The great white shark, whose size varies between four and six meters, is the one that prefers the waters of the region. And yes, if you ever see one, it’s best to get back to the beach quickly.


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