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10 unforgettable moments in Canadian tennis this year

Dec 17, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

What a year it has been for Canadian tennis! Here is a count down of 10 of the biggest moments in our sport:

10 – Vasek Pospisil wins two consecutive Challenger tournaments at the start of the year, one in France and the other in Hungary. A few weeks later, he reaches the final of two Challenger tournaments in South Korea.

9 – Benjamin Sigouin is named “Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year”.

8 – Gabriela Dabrowski claims her second Grand Slam title by winning the mixed doubles crown at the Australian Open. She also participates in the WTA Finals for the second time in her career.

7 – Denis Shapovalov reaches the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 event in Madrid, his second semi-final in this caliber of tournament.

He notably defeats his compatriot Milos Raonic in the third round, in what was their first career meeting.

6 – For a third consecutive year, Milos Raonic reaches the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. He falls in a battle of servers against John Isner.

5 – Daniel Nestor plays his final season on the ATP World Tour. He finishes his career by taking part in Canada’s victory over the Netherlands at the Davis Cup tie which was disputed at home, in Toronto.

4 – The Canadian Fed Cup team causes the upset against the Ukraine and secures a spot in World Group II for 2019. In the victory, Eugenie Bouchard wins her two singles matches and receives the ITF Heart Award for her performance.

3 – Leylah Annie Fernandez turns heads at the junior French Open as she reaches the semi-finals.  A few months later, she wins her first match at a WTA tournament at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA in Quebec City. She defeats her compatriot Gabriela Dabrowski in the opening round.

2 – Félix Auger-Aliassime notches his first win on the ATP World Tour by defeating compatriot Vasek Pospisil in the first round in Indian Wells.

1 – Rebecca Marino returns to tennis after over a five-year absence and wins five titles to finish the year ranked No. 190 in the world.

Honourable Mentions:

  • After falling in the final round of qualifications in all of the Grand Slams in 2018, Peter Polansky gets a chance to compete in the main draw as he receives four “lucky loser” spots, which represents an ITF record.
  • Katherine Sebov wins her first title on the professional circuit at the Saguenay National Bank Challenger.
  • Heidi El Tabakh is named captain of the Canadian Fed Cup team while Frank Dancevic participates in his first tie as the new Davis Cup captain.
  • Françoise Abanda electrifies the National Bank Court at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank and eliminates the world no. 47 (and former no. 13), Kirsten Flipkens, in front of the home fans

(Feature photo: Francisco Seco/AP)