Far-Fetched Friday: Felix Auger-Aliassime Wins Australian Open

01/25/2022

I've never written about tennis, not really that big of a fan of tennis, but I decided to branch out for this week's prediction because why not. My bold prediction is that Felix Auger-Aliassime will win the Australian Open.

Welcome back to Far-Fetched Friday, where every Friday we give you a bold prediction that we believe will come to fruition. This time, we look at a sport I know very little about.

Two factors make this far-fetched. One, Felix is up against tournament favorite Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals, a man he has failed to defeat in three attempts.

And secondly, if Felix Auger-Aliassime wins, he'll become only the second black man to win the Australian Open (Arthur Ashe in 1977). And only the third black man to ever win a Grand Slam single's title (Yannick Noah 1983, fun fact, that is Joakim Noah's father).

Auger-Aliassime, at 21 years old, is a 6'4" Togolese-Canadian currently ranked 10th in the World. And this is precisely the extent of my knowledge about the man. But I have a good feeling about this one.

What's my reasoning for why he'll win? I'm not even going to cap- I don't really have one, just want to support a fellow black man. With black history month coming up and the final taking place a few days before on January 30th, I'm trying to cash in all my favors to get this win.

Also, King Richard was a fire movie, so I need this one for the culture.


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