A new season is nearly upon us. We’re ready to cheer on all our Canadian stars for another year and we hope you are too! There’s much to look forward to in 2016, and we think it’s going to be a great season for tennis in Canada.
Here are a few Canadian tennis storylines we’ll be sure to follow in 2016:
Genie Bouchard’s comeback
After her breakout 2014 season, this year admittedly was a disappointment for Bouchard. But she is still the same uber-talented and driven player she was when she made the Wimbledon final, and the 21-year-old will be aiming for a comeback in 2016. Is another Grand Slam final in her future? We think so!
Juniors take the next step
Our junior players were the story of Canadian tennis this year, with up-and-coming stars like Felix Auger-Aliassime, Bianca Andreescu, Charlotte Robillard-Millette, and Denis Shapovalov making huge strides on the international circuit. Canada also currently has the top two 15-year-olds in the world in Auger-Aliassime and Andreescu – ranked world No. 16 and No. 4 on the U18 rankings, respectively. With a junior Slam title, a Junior Davis Cup crown, and a multitude of titles including the Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr, it may be hard to top what they accomplished this year. But our Canadian juniors will be working hard to do just that and 2016 will be the next important step in their bright futures.
Milos Raonic’s return to Top 10
While Raonic ended the year at world No. 14 after an injury-filled season, he will be looking to make his return to the Top 10 early in 2016. He was a regular member of the exclusive club for much of 2014 and 2015 – hitting a high of No. 4 in May this year – and he certainly belongs there. We look forward to seeing him back in top form!
Canada at the Olympics and Paralympics
An Olympic year is always exciting, and with several players like Bouchard, Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, and Daniel Nestor all potential competitors, this year will be no exception. Teams won’t be announced until the summer, but whoever is selected will be aiming to capture Canada’s first Olympic medal since Nestor and Sebastien Lareau won gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. On the Paralympic side, Philippe Bedard is Canada’s best bet at making the Games. The nation’s top-ranked men’s player, it is a goal of his to play Rio and he already has Paralympic experience to his name having competed at London 2012.
Daniel Nestor goes for more hardware
At age 43, Nestor’s career may be closer to its end than the beginning but he is still a strong competitor on the ATP World Tour. Ranked world No. 18, Nestor will be hoping to make it 23 seasons in a row that he clinches at least one trophy. He won three this past year, including the Masters 1000 at Cincinnati. Canada’s most successful tennis player in history, fans will want to cheer on Nestor on as long as they can!
Searching for Fed Cup and Davis Cup success
Canada will play two first round Fed Cup and Davis Cup ties through the opening months of the season, with the women facing Belarus in Quebec City February 6-7 and men taking on France in Guadeloupe from March 4-6. Both will be tough ties, which means the teams will need our Canadian fans behind them even more!