Three of the four players on Canada’s Fed Cup team this week in Montreal are under the age of 21, but that doesn’t matter to the oldest member of the quartet, 25-year-old Gabriela Dabrowski who feels young at heart.
“It’s ok, I still feel like a teenager most of the time. In my mind, I am younger than my actual age,” Dabrowski said with a laugh during Canada’s pre-tournament press conference at Uniprix Stadium on Wednesday.
Dabrowski arrives in Montreal brimming with confidence after capturing the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open last month, her fourth WTA doubles crown. The victory catapulted her to no. 20 on the world doubles rankings making her the youngest player in the Top 20, so see, she’s not that old after all.
“I have played a lot of top teams this year and done well against them, so it’s been good learning experiences for me,” Dabrowski said. “Winning Miami felt great, especially beating the Olympic gold medalists (Ekaterina) Makarova & (Elena) Vesnina. I am an Olympian too so that one was special.”
When asked what the key to her success has been, Dabrowski made the room laugh out loud with her answer.
“I watch a lot of kitten videos before my matches,” Dabrowski joked. “It relaxes me so I go on court feeling refreshed.”
It’s pretty easy to see why the veteran Dabrowski fits so well on this youthful Canadian squad.
Feature photo by: Arturo Velazquez