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2015 Retrospective: Looking back at our Canadian events

Nov 18, 2015
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Every year Tennis Canada puts on dozens of tournaments across Canada with the help of local organizing committees as a way to grow and promote tennis in the country.

There are the pro events which help our Canadian players earn valuable ranking points while playing in their own backyard. Then there are the national events that promote our other tennis pillars: juniors, seniors, and wheelchair.

In 2015, 167 Canadian players earned ATP and WTA ranking points in singles and doubles thanks to tournaments played on their home soil. Further to that, More than 100 juniors picked up ITF ranking points playing in Canada.

Frank Dancevic Tevlin

A few highlights from the season that was:

  • Young sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime became the youngest player in history to qualify for an ATP Challenger at the Drummondville National Bank Challenger in March and also became the first players born in the 2000s to have an ATP ranking. The 15-year-old topped that performance by reaching the quarter-finals of the Granby National Bank Challenger in July.
  • This fall, Frank Dancevic won three consecutive titles and 19 straight matches at four Futures events in the Toronto area. He also finished as the runner up in Drummondville.
  • Bianca Andreescu beat Charlotte Robillard-Millette in an all-Canadian girls final at the Grade 1 ITF junior event in Repentigny. Auger-Aliassiame also made the boys final. In addition, 15-year-old Andreescu was a finalist in her first pro tournament at the Gatineau National Bank Challenger.
  • Philip Bester posted his best result on the pro circuit when he played for the Granby National Bank Challenger title in July. The run allowed him to earn a place in U.S. Open qualifying.
  • Gabriela Dabrowski and Carol Zhao took home a gold medal for Canada in women’s doubles at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Dabrowski also won a silver medal in mixed doubles with Bester.
  • Tennis Canada staged two Fed Cup ties in Quebec City and Montreal as well as one Davis Cup tie. The Canadian men topped Kei Nishikori and Japan in Vancouver in March to advance to the Davis Cup quarter-finals for the second straight year. The ladies hosted top-ranked Czech Republic in February at PEPS. The formidable Czechs went on to win their fourth Fed Cup title in the past five years this weekend.
  • New national champions were crowned at the Rogers Junior Nationals, Steve Stevens Senior Nationals, Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships, and the University Championships.

Félix et Charlotte

The best news is that our events calendar will be expanding in 2016 to include more tournaments for fans and players to enjoy starting with our flagship event, the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal and Toronto.