Since 2005, National Bank and Tennis Canada have been a leading team in the tennis world, partnering on a number of projects both on and off the court, including a WTA level tournament, four Challenger level tournaments and multiple youth programs.
In addition to being the presenting sponsor of the Rogers Cup event, National Bank is the title sponsor of a WTA International Series event held in Quebec City. In 2017, the National Bank Cup presented by IGA celebrated its 25th anniversary, a milestone which featured C a strong Canadian contingent: Charlotte Robillard-Millette, Gabriela Dabrowski, Aleksandra Wozniak, Carol Zhao, Bianca Andreescu, and Françoise Abanda, who reached her first WTA quarter-final. In doubles, the pair of Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine became the first all-Canadian team to reach the final in Quebec City. It is thanks to tournaments like these that our players are able to achieve significant milestones in their careers.
Challenger tournaments are also an excellent way for rising tennis stars to showcase their talent at the professional level and collect crucial ranking points. Since 2005, National Bank has been the title sponsor of four Challenger events held in Quebec: Drummondville, Gatineau, Granby and Saguenay. 2017 was an exceptional year for Canadian players competing in these local events, with three Canadians being crowned champion and two others finishing runner up. Denis Shapovalov, the breakout star of the summer, took home the titles in both Drummondville and Gatineau, while Aleksandra Wozniak won her first title since 2012 in Gatineau. The clear beneficiaries of the time, effort and funding put into these tournaments are our athletes, as they are no longer required to constantly travel to make a career playing tennis.
Off the court, National Bank supports multiple youth programs, such as On The Ball. This program collects used tennis balls from clubs and tournaments, which are then donated to schools across Quebec and Ontario to help reduce classroom noise, providing students with a more learning-friendly environment. 2017 was a milestone year for the program, which reached the 1.5 million mark of tennis balls collected benefitting over 375,000 students. In addition to the familiar faces of program ambassadors Vasek Pospisil and Françoise Abanda, Denis Shapovalov joined the On The Ball family this year.