Tennis star Félix Auger-Aliassime was named the male athlete of the year by the Canadian Press in 2022.

Tennis player Félix Auger-Aliaswho shined on some of the sport’s biggest stages in 2022, is the winner of the competition The Lionel Conacher Award as The Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year.

Auger-Aliassime is the third tennis player in history to receive this honor — awarded every year since 1932 — after Milos Raonic (2013, 2014) and Denis Shapovalov (2017). Runner-up Damian Warner won the award last year.

The 22-year-old from Montreal started the year at 11th in the world rankings and finished the season in sixth in his career.

Auger-Aliassime won the first four ATP Tour titles of her career this year, including three in a row in a streak of 16 wins this fall in Florence, Antwerp and Basel. He also helped Canada win the Davis Cup for the first time.

“I tried to fulfill all the goals that I set for myself and more,” said Auger-Aliassime from Dubai. “I’ve performed well over the past half year, but to finish the year at the Turin Masters, to win the Davis Cup… I’m pleased with my progress as a person and as a player.”

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Auger-Aliassime received 20 out of 48 votes from sports editors and broadcasters across the country.

Soccer player Alphonso Davies, who starred for Bayern Munich and helped Canada qualify for the World Cup, came in second with 10 votes. Hockey player Cale Makar, a defensive star with Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, came in third with seven votes.

“It has been an amazing year, so to receive this award — recognition from the Canadian public and media — is an honor,” said Auger-Aliassime. “It was really cool.”

Auger-Aliassime lost all eight ATP Tour finals before winning the title last February in Rotterdam. The 194-pound, 6-foot-4 right-hander was also runner-up at Marseille and reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the third consecutive season.

Canadian tennis performance director Guillaume Marx said this month that Auger-Aliassime “I think he’s on track to win a Grand Slam title within the next two years.”

In addition to last month’s Davis Cup title, Auger-Aliassime has also helped his teams win the ATP Cup and Laver Cup this season.

Tennis Canada President Michael Downey said: “Félix is ​​an incredible player, but also a great person. “We are proud of his achievement this year and know that his performances on and off the court will inspire the next generation of tennis players in Canada.”

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Auger-Aliassime also leads the ATP circuit in hard court wins (45) and indoor wins (31) in 2022.

“Never before has a Canadian tennis player had a year like the one Auger-Aliassime just finished. Gaétan Chiasson, editor and new communications director for Acadie Nouvelle, said it dominated at the end of the year.

Auger-Aliassime beat world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz this season and also won against Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, all former top players.

Paul Ferguson, a sports editor for the Toronto Sun, said: “Felix’s rise to prominence in the tennis world over the past few months has never been seen by a Canadian before.

Hockey player Marie-Philip Poulin was named Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press on Wednesday. The winning team of the year will be announced on Friday.

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