It’s that time of the year again, time for some predictions as we get ready to usher in the new tennis season in just a few weeks. Here’s some predictions for our Canadian players in 2018.
It was an injury riddled season to forget in 2017 for Milos Raonic. He’ll start the New Year at no. 24 on the ATP rankings, but with few points to defend, look for Raonic to steadily climb back to where he belongs in the Top 10 and in contention for the biggest titles.
Bianca Andreescu, Félix Auger-Aliassime, and Denis Shapovalov were a huge part of the Canadian tennis narrative this year and will be even more so in 2018. Andreescu and Auger-Aliassime could very well crack the Top 100 for the first time while Shapovalov will look to build on his breakthrough campaign. All three will make a big splash and steal the spotlight at some point during the season.
For the first time in 20 years, Daniel Nestor did not win an ATP doubles title in 2017, but I predict that he has one more in him before he hangs up his racquet this coming season.
It will be very tough, on the road, against formidable opponents, but I am calling wins for both our Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams in February. Frank Dancevic will come out on top in his first tie as captain against Croatia and the following weekend, Canada will beat Romania and give themselves a chance to qualify for World Group I in 2019.
Multiple Canadians won multiple titles at Canadian tournaments this year and that trend should continue. I am going to go out on a limb and say that the returning Rebecca Marino will win a title on home soil in 2018 as will Brayden Schnur on the men’s side.
Françoise Abanda won her first two Grand Slam main draw matches at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon this year. She plays her best when it matters most, so I am going to say she will make an appearance in the main draw at all four Majors in 2018.
Canada’s Grand Slam champion in 2017 will build on her breakthrough season and remain among the top doubles players in the world next year and qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore for a second consecutive year.