“He talks about tennis like it’s his first year on Tour, like he’s still a kid and he’s still enjoying it like it’s something new,” said Canadian teenager Félix Auger-Aliassime.
The 17-year-old was the latest up-and-comer to be invited to train with Federer in Dubai during the offseason. And though he suffered a knee injury that prevented him from going Down Under last month, Auger-Aliassime learned a lot, and got to know the man he shares an Aug. 8 birthday with.
The other charities receiving funding are Stop War Start Tennis (Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi) Fundatia Curtea Veche (Horia Tecau), Fundación Emilio Sánchez Vicario (Feliciano Lopez), Futuros para el Tenis (Hans Podlipnik-Castillo), The Champions Volunteer Foundation (Indian Wells), Dubai Autism Centre (Dubai ATP), Academia Dos Champs (Estoril Open) and Hand in Hand Foundation (Hungarian Open).
The foundations will receive grants of $15,000/15,000 euros.
The press release from the ATP Tour Finals put the good news first.
A total of 4,573,152 attended ATP events in 2017 – a record.
On the ATP Tour Finals side, the news is good, but not necessarily amazing.
According to the release, there were six sellout sessions (out of 15), and total attendance was 253,642 last week. For the ninth straight year, the event has broken the 250,000 attendance mark.
But … attendance has been down some 10,000 the last two years compared to previous years. There were more than 260,000 fans every year from 2012-15 (10 sellouts in 2013 for example), maxing out at 263,560 in 2014.