He ATP-branded sections continue with the objective of making the history of tennis players more widely known with the aim of more and more people becoming passionate about tennis. This new format that bears the title of A love letter to tennis had as its first protagonist the talented Happy Auger-too who thus described his love for this sport.
He wrote: “Dear tennis, I remember you from the first day we met. I was three or four years old, I remember it was love at first sight. I will always remember those moments racket in hand, going to the training ground, but our first contact was as good as it is now..
I remember when I played my first game, in Quebec City, Canada. At least it’s the first one I remember, I was six years old and I was going to play that first game, it was the first time I had an opponent in front of me and a referee in the chair, it was all very special.
He was nervous, the classic nervousness one feels when faced with something like this for the first time. When you’re alone in the field and you have to find your way, your nerves destroy you, but in the end you succeed, you find the solution yourself, and that’s how I did it for the first time..
I remember that it went well for me and I won that first fight, then there were many more, I think two or three until I was defeated. You have given me many different things over the years. You taught me great values such as perseverance, acceptance, resilience and of course the pleasure of competing.
Above all, there is the satisfaction of evolving and finding ways to improve. All these values are very important aspects to learn, you feel that you are growing at the same time in your life, all these things have been taught to me by you..
I admit that sometimes it is difficult to love you, it is like a constant love-hate relationship, you always challenge me and the rest of the players, you push us to give our best to be better every day, knowing how to accept defeat..
Sometimes we doubt ourselves, that’s the hardest part, but in the end it all makes sense when you end up learning something. You teach us a lot to discover ourselves, to improve ourselves as people. So we collected many happy moments, fortunately.
The feeling of winning Rotterdam 2022 was that kind of moment when it all makes sense, that moment when all the journey was worth it. Something clicked in my head that day, perhaps one of the strongest emotions I have ever felt on a tennis court.
I hope that our bond remains healthy over time, I know that you will continue to challenge me every week, but I hope and wish that our relationship with you is as long as possible, to continue growing in this sport. I love you Felix».