World No 9 ‘makes strategic choice’ as he pulls out of Dubai event

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Felix Auger-Aliassime gained’t compete on the Dubai Tennis Championships with the Canadian opting to skip the ATP 500 occasion following his latest back-to-back finals.
On the again of profitable the Rotterdam Open – his maiden ATP Tour singles title – final week, Auger-Aliassime adopted it up with one other run to the ultimate of the Open 13 in Marseille, however he completed runner-up to Andrey Rublev on Sunday.
After the match the 21-year-old, who’s at a career-high of No 9 within the ATP Rankings, admitted that he must be “intelligent” along with his tennis schedule as he hinted he may skip the subsequent occasion.

Hey, at the very least considered one of us gained’t have baggage weight points within the airport😉😅
📸: @corinnedubreuil | @Open13 pic.twitter.com/nKyr1uLqHw
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) February 20, 2022

“Sure, the calendar is full and I’ve to make strategic selections, be intelligent with my calendar,” he mentioned.
“My purpose is to be higher on the Masters 1000s, so the subsequent massive one for me is Indian Wells.”
And on Monday organisers of the Dubai event confirmed that he gained’t function on the occasion with Alexei Popyrin from Australia taking his place in the principle draw. Popyrin will face Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia within the opener on Tuesday.

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