Felix Steals The Spotlight
Felix Auger-Aliassime is becoming accustomed to being centre stage as one of the brightest #NextGenATP stars on the ATP Tour, but the 18-year-old also proved he has star power off the court following his musical act at the annual Monte-Carlo Player Revue.
As the stars of the ATP Tour gathered on Wednesday night to celebrate the 118th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Auger-Aliassime took to the stage to play French composer Yann Tiersen’s Valse D’Amelie. Top 5 stars Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem were impressed by the Canadian’s skills, joining forces with Auger-Aliassime later in the night to create a unique orchestra for internationally renowned Austrian clarinet player Andreas Ottensamer.
Former champion Stan Wawrinka co-hosted the event alongside Cristina Cimino at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, providing entertainment between a series of sketches performed by the stars of the ATP Tour. Robin Haase played a key role throughout the night, performing stand-up comedy, which included a segment on mis-heard song lyrics.
Leading players were the subject of many comedy performances throughout the night, with Bruno Soares taking on the roles of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in separate acts. Wesley Koolhof dressed in a toga, complete with laurel wreath, in his performance as #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas. During the tennis-match skit, the Dutch doubles star brought his camera on court to film himself during rallies and interact with his social media followers.
Former player David Ekerot showcased his musical talent on the keys during a performance of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’ by Lise Darly. In 2005, Darly represented Monaco at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The two-hour event was organised by Anna Galoppo and the ATP’s Cecilia Ghe, with the help of Ekerot.