18-year-old is into the Montpellier semi-finals

#NextGenATP Frenchman Arthur Fils is making waves on the ATP Tour this week. The 18-year-old moved past Quentin Halys to reach the semi-finals at the Open Sud de France – Montpellier.

Ahead of his clash against Jannik Sinner on Saturday, ATPTour.com looks at five things you should know about Fils.

His Idol Is Roger Federer
Fils’ tennis idol when growing up was Swiss legend Roger Federer. The 18-year-old is a fan of the former World No. 1’s style, saying: “He was looking really easy on the court and it was nice to watch him play.”

The Frenchman Has Enjoyed ATP Challenger Tour Success
The Frenchman has enjoyed an impressive start to the season, highlighted by capturing his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title in Portugal earlier this year. The 18-year-old also reached the final at a Challenger event in France in January.

“I played unreal during this week,” Fils said. “I just lost one set, so I’m happy about it and I want to win more Challengers.”

One year ago, Fils was outside the Top 600 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Now he is at No. 117 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.

Lewis Hamilton Is His Fashion Icon
Fils admits that he likes to model his style after Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton. The British driver is known for his flamboyant clothing, which inspires the Frenchman.

“I like the fashion of Lewis Hamilton and I am trying to [dress] like him,” Fils said. “I take inspiration from him.”


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He Is A Sports Fan
The 18-year-old enjoys watching sport when he is not competing on court, with football and basketball his major passions.

Arthur Loves Paris
Fils enjoys spending time in Paris, where he likes to soak up the atmosphere of the capital. According to the teen, there are three things visitors must do when in the city: travel to the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees and the Louvre.