'Sick & Injured' Auger-Aliassime Explains Reasons Behind Early Roland Garros Exit

'Sick & Injured' Auger-Aliassime Explains Reasons Behind Early Roland Garros Exit

by Balasz Virag

Felix Auger-Aliassime was the player that came closest to beating Rafael Nadal last year at Roland Garros pushing him to five sets but this year's campaign is over after the first match.

Auger-Aliassime has been having a nightmare season so far with several disappointing results along with injury trouble. He made his clay debut this year at the Madrid Open but had very low expectations due to a lack of proper preparation.

It didn't go well so he took his chances in Lyon with some solid wins and a withdrawal due to a shoulder injury. He travelled to Paris and opted to play in the event but it didn't go that well as Fabio Fognini proved better in three sets.

The Canadian was obviously injured as he performed well under his level and after the match, Auger-Aliassime broke his silence and explained everything that unfolded in the past few days and contributed to the defeat.

Yeah. I mean, the shoulder is not great, but that wasn't the issue today. I got a bit sick last night, didn't really sleep. Yeah, sick all night. That's just a reality. I mean, I woke up this morning trying — I mean, it's like I've been struggling with a few things, and it's like, can you believe it, I get sick the day before my match?

Movement was a particular issue for Auger who admitted that he was cramping badly for much of the match due to his sickness. He thought about retiring but ultimately elected to finish off the match standing which is what happened.

I tried to warm up. I tried to see the doctor, see what I could take, but after one set, you know, just cramping and just can't move anymore. So, yeah, I don't know. I wasn't sure whether I should keep going or give myself a shot or if I should stop. It was a difficult time, but it's okay. I just need to get healthy again.


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