Félix Auger-Aliassime, Male Athlete of the Year
Montreal tennis player Félix Auger-Aliassime received the Lionel-Conacher award, a distinction given to the male athlete of the year, according to The Canadian Press.
Auger-Aliassime, with an impressive career despite his young age (22), rose from 11th in the world to 6th between the start and end of 2022. A personal career peak for the athlete who won his first four titles, including three consecutive titles during a streak of 16 straight wins in Florence, Antwerp and Basel.
Another significant feat, the young man allowed Canada to lift the Davis Cup trophy for the first time in its history last month, becoming the 16th nation to win the top honors of this prestigious tennis competition in team.
« I’m happy with my development as a person, and as a player. It’s been a great year and receiving this award – recognition from the Canadian public and media – is quite an honour. It’s really nice, » he told Radio-Canada, following training in anticipation of the World Tennis League, to Dubai.
Félix Auger-Aliassime edged Bayern Munich star soccer player Alphonso Davies and Colorado Avalanche star defenseman and former Stanley Cup champion Cale Makar. On the women’s side, Marie-Philip Poulin won the award for athlete of the year.