On September 14th 2019, local tennis star Félix Auger-Aliassime paid a visit to Quebec City, his childhood hometown, to give back to the tennis community.
Under the lead of the Honorary President, artist and businessman Michel Bell, Félix joined over 150 kids on the court for a free tennis clinic, followed by an autograph and a Q&A session.
In the afternoon, it was over 100 tennis pros and businessmen who paired up for a VIP PRO-AM in order to raise funds for his father, Sam Aliassime's tennis academy. Amongst the guests were humorist Alexandre Barrette, Coupe Rogers tournament director Eugène Lapierre, Michel Laplante from Les Capitales de Québec, and former professional players Elena Bovina, Mélanie Marois, Richard Legendre and Réjean Genois.
To close the day, an original painting of Félix at the 2019 Coupe Rogers and signed reproductions, as well as signed reproductions of a Wimbledon Félix scene were sold for the cause totalling CAN$14,000.
Overall, over CAN$50,000 were raised for the academy. The money will be allocated specifically to the athletes of the academy's elite programs, allowing them to pursue their development and take part in national and international competitions.
These paintings (not signed) are still available for purchase by the general public.
For the Coupe Rogers painting, click here.
For the Wimbledon painting, click here.
Photo Credits: Pascal Ratthé