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National Bank Challengers continue to promote the growth of tennis in Canada

Nov 18, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
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It’s been another successful year for the National Bank Challenger series which made stops in Drummondville, Winnipeg, Granby, Gatineau, and Saguenay this year.

Not only is the attendance at these tournaments growing every year, but the calibre of play keeps getting better and better.

Wozniak Abanda Saguenay 2016

The National Bank Challengers are meant to help grow tennis in regions across Canada all while providing our Canadian players as well as tennis’ rising stars the opportunity to earn valuable ATP and WTA ranking points, and this year’s events accomplished just that.

Denis Shapovalov Rogers Cup 2016

In Drummondville, 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov reached the semifinals while top American prospect Frances Tiafoe was crowned champion in Granby this summer. In Gatineau the following week, it was a Canadian sweep with Peter Polansky capturing the men’s title and 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu winning her first professional titles in both singles and doubles (with her compatriot Charlotte Robillard-Millette). In October, Andreescu also reached the final in Saguenay where she finished runner up to fast rising American Catherine Bellis who the first $50,000 Challenger tournament of her career in Saguenay.

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Visit www.challengerbanquenationale.com for more info on the National Bank Challengers and browse the 2016 news and results.