15-Year-Old Canadian Takes Loss Hard in French Open Boys’ Final


Geoffrey Blancaneaux of France, who defeated Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada to win the French Open boys’ title.

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PARIS — Three times, Felix Auger Aliassime was one point from claiming the boys’ singles title at the French Open on Sunday. But with a budding career well ahead of schedule, Auger Aliassime will have to wait just a little bit longer for a victory on the biggest stages of the sport.

At 15 years 10 months, Auger Aliassime would have been the youngest boys’ champion at Roland Garros. But this day belonged to 17-year-old Geoffrey Blancaneaux of France, who saved three match points to win the final, 1-6, 6-3, 8-6, to the delight of the raucous French fans who poured into Court 1 just before the men’s final.

Auger Aliassime, who raced through the first set, 6-1, in only 24 minutes, initially took the marathon defeat hard, throwing his rackets onto the ground as the crowd chanted and sang “La Marseillaise” for Blancaneaux.

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