The singles draws are set for the 2017 US Open and it will feature two Canadians, Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC). Four Canadians could possibly join Bouchard and Pospisil, as Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON), Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) and Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) are playing in the final round of qualifications on Friday.
Bouchard will open against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, who is currently ranked no. 83 in the world. The 23-year-old’s best result at the tournament was reaching the fourth round in both 2014 and 2015. The Canadian, currently ranked world no. 74, is coming into the US Open after reaching the second round at the WTA Premier event in New Haven. She could potentially face the tournament’s fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the second round. Other notable players in her quarter of the draw include French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and defending US Open champion Angelique Kerber.
For his part, Pospisil, who will be participating in his second straight Grand Slam main draw, will face world no. 42 Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the first round. Although he is currently ranked no. 78, Pospisil achieved a career-high ranking of no. 25 in 2014. The Canadian has been making a steady climb up the rankings all season, having started 2017 ranked world no. 133. He has only faced Verdasco once in his career, with the Spaniard walking away victorious during their encounter in Doha earlier this year. Pospisil in in the same quarter of the draw as Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin del Potro. The Canadian could potentially face the Swiss in the third round.
World no. 11 Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) was forced to withdraw from the final Grand Slam event of the year after undergoing surgery on his wrist, an injury that kept him out of the Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati earlier this month.
To all my friends and fans, I’m writing to provide you with an update on my injury. As you know, I’ve been dealing with a painful condition in my left wrist, which has been bothering me for many weeks now and recently forced me to withdraw from the Cincinnati Masters. I have tried everything in my power to rehabilitate this injury in time for the US Open in order to play an event that is so truly special to me. However, the pain is too great and, in consultation with my doctors, I am left with no option but to withdraw from the event. Today, I underwent a procedure to remove portions of the bone that have been causing the discomfort and preventing me from being able to play the way I normally can. I have too much respect for the US Open and my fellow competitors to take a spot in the draw when I know I cannot give full effort due to this injury. I am crushed to miss this event and a chance to play in front of the fantastic New York crowd, but I truly had no other options. I am already back in the gym starting my rehabilitation, and hope to be recovered and back on the court in a matter of a few weeks. I look forward to rejoining the tour healthier and stronger and finishing the 2017 year in proper form. Thank you for all the support. I’ll keep you updated in the days to come, and look forward to seeing you all at a match soon. Yours, Milos Raonic #TeamMilos
Abanda, Shapovalov, Polansky and Dancevic are one win away from qualifying for the main draw
In qualifying action on Friday are four Canadians hoping to reach the US Open main draw. Françoise Abanda will be looking to qualify for her third straight Grand Slam main draw, after reaching the second round at both the French Open and Wimbledon earlier this year. Searching for his second Grand Slam main draw appearance is Denis Shapovalov, who has had an impressive season so far, capturing two ATP Challenger titles, playing his first Grand Slam match and defeating del Potro and Nadal on his way to reaching the semi-finals at the Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal. Fellow Canadians Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic, whose best results at the US Open were reaching the second round, are also in the final round of qualifications.