Bolivian Juan Carlos Aguilar first came into the Open Court spotlight back in 2016 when he and Felipe Melicheni Alves reached the US Open junior doubles final.
They won, defeating hot Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassimo and Ben Sigouin in the final.
The Canadian’s interest was that his coach, Isad Juneau, was from Quebec.
And so we made an agreement with them for RDS.
It turned out that even though he had only lived in Montreal for a few years, Aguilar’s French was impressive.
That’s what he sounded like.
In an interview, he noted that he hopes to obtain Canadian citizenship by the end of the same year (2016).
It turned out that the transition took place somewhere in the middle of 2020.
But now Aguilar, born in London and raised in Bolivia, is Canadian.
It turned out to be a game changer.
Change of nationalities
At the time, he apparently found it … difficult to train at the national center in Montreal – even though he was a highly-rated junior in the same crop as Auger-Aliasim, Sigouin and Denis Shapovalov.
So, even though his family is still in Montreal, he returned to Bolivia to train. And then he went to TCU to play college tennis. He played twice in the Davis Cup for Bolivia – one doubles match and one singles match (which he won).
He is now on the professional tour.
And as a Canadian, he’s now on the radar.
Last week, Aguilar earned a wild card into the Winnipeg Challenger qualifiers and played his first-ever main draw match at the Challenger level.
And Tennis Canada has given him a wildcard into this week’s Omnium Banque Nationale qualifiers. Since his ranking has just returned to the top 1000, this is a great gift.
He will make his ATP Tour debut against Arthur Rinderknech of France on Saturday.
Introducing New Canadian Juan Carlos Aguilar (Video) – Open Court
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