These days there is no shortage of dynamic duos on our TV screens to keep Canadians entertained. From coordinated pre-game outfits to representing on the world stage, these iconic pairings from the Canadian sporting scene captured our attention last year.
We ranked our top eight Canadian sports duos whose chemistry we think would translate well to the doubles court in 2018 (if they haven’t already). Here are the top Canadian duos we’re excited to follow in 2018:
Despite each being up-and-comers in an individual sport like tennis, the close friendship between #NextGen stars Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov only continues to grow. With previous experience on the doubles court under their belts, there would be no complaining if these two decided to team up in 2018.
Their respective lists of on-court career accomplishments have seen some considerable growth as well, and quite a few of those moments have happened together. In 2015, they won Canada’s first junior Davis Cup together with Ben Sigouin and later that year took the junior doubles crown at the US Open. Félix and Denis have even faced off as on-court adversaries in their young careers.
They met in the semifinals of the Drummondville last year where Denis took home the win, but luckily, the two harboured no ill-feeling after match point. Even during one of the biggest moments of his career, Denis gave their friendship a shoutout. After defeating Rafael Nadal in Montreal last summer, he used his post-match interview to share the hilarious story of bunking in the Auger-Aliassime family basement.
As both teenagers’ careers are on the rise, we can’t wait to see what new memories the two make together in the coming years.
Ok, so these two aren’t technically Canadian but “They The North”. Teammates since 2012, Lowry and DeRozan have one of the tightest bromances in the league, even causing Kevin Durant to admit he was jealous of their bond.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 27, 2016
From hilarious guest appearances in each other’s interviews to midnight McDonalds runs, these two are always keeping us laughing, all the while contributing to the constant success of Canada’s only NBA franchise. And they’re already proven all-stars on the hardcourt.
3. Genie and Vasek
We already know Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil make pretty great teammates – the two repped Canadian colours in Perth, Australia at the Hopman Cup just this past week.
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) January 5, 2018
— Hopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 5, 2018
While they didn’t register a perfect score in the teammate trivia, they both share a love of inflatable pool floaties and had a ton of fun on the court, so that’s an A+ from us. We’ve got our fingers crossed that Genie and Vasek decide to team up for a mixed doubles event at a Grand Slam in the near future… in the words of Genie’s favourite artist, Justin Bieber: “never say never.”
The star 20-year-old forwards of the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the midst of some standout seasons respectively but Markham native Mitch Marner and American Auston Matthews sure do shine when they’re together.
— NHL (@NHL) December 20, 2016
From showing up to the rink in matching headgear, or trying to get adopted by teammate and “Road Dad” Patrick Marleau – we’re excited to see what these two come up with next. They’ve would definitely make a stylish tennis team, and they already each have experience at the net.
— Christina Marleau (@c_marleau) December 19, 2017
20 years skating together, Olympics and world championships gold, and a reality show to boot!
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) October 28, 2017
Canada’s sweethearts have been together for a long, long time. Now, with the 2018 Olympic Games fast approaching, we’re excited to watch Scott and Tessa take to the ice in what could be their final Olympic episode.
While there’s no official word on who will join two-time Gold medalist Kaillie Humphries as she pilots the two-man bobsleigh this year in Pyeongchang, we’re hoping it might be the woman who won gold with Humphries at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. Heather Moyse announced she would give bobsleigh another go last year, and while initial reports didn’t look promising, we’re hoping that just maybe the pair will reunite for the 2018 Winter Games and for a third gold medal.
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) February 19, 2015
Back in 2016, Blue Jays’ fan-favourites Russell Martin and Roberto Osuna debuted their “knock knock” post-win celebration and kept the routine alive this past season.
The first *knock knock* of the season by Osuna and Martin. pic.twitter.com/EGi4SRu7Xf
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) April 20, 2017
We’re counting down the days until Spring Training rolls around so we can see whether the Osuna and Martin will revert to the original knock knock cele or if they let the performance evolve with the new year. Should they ever decide to bring their talent to the tennis court, they would have plenty of opportunities to further perfect their handshakes.
Turns out one of Canada’s best hockey players, Connor McDavid, is not only a big tennis fan – but a big Denis fan.
McDavid showed his support courtside at the Davis Cup play-off tie versus India last September in Edmonton, and two years ago when he played in the Sportsnet Ball Hockey against some of the ATP’s biggest names at Rogers Cup in Toronto. Since Denis has already dabbled in hockey, does that mean it’s Connor’s turn to pick up a racquet at Aviva Centre?
Peter Polansky and Phil Bester:
Pals since 10 years old, Peter and Phil have been nearly inseparable since. Before Bester’s retirement in 2017 (in which Peter was on hand to say a few touching words), the two would often spend more than 25 weeks a year together on the road as roomies and training partners. While we’re bummed we won’t see any more epic on-court battles between these two in 2018, we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for Phil in the players’ box as Peter’s season continues.
The Getzlaf Bros:
Ryan Getzlaf of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and Chris Getzlaf of the CFL’s Saskatchewan are the only duo on this list whose bromance that holds up biologically as well. The brothers, who hail from Regina, each excelled professionally in different sports but could often be seen on the sidelines of big games to cheer each other on. On Thursday, Chris announced his retirement from the CFL after 11 season, so will have plenty of time to spend in sunny California and work on his backhand.
Canadian Fed Cup team:
Webster’s Dictionary describes duo as “a duet, or pair.” But even Webster himself wouldn’t be able to pick just two. There’s an endless combination of fantastic pairings on Canada’s Fed Cup team – whether its awesome doubles teams or bff goals. The squad got even closer during training camp in Florida last December. Maybe after the upcoming Fed Cup tie in Romania this February, we’ll be able to narrow it down a bit more.
Let us know your thoughts! Who do you think is missing from this list? And which of the above pairing would you love to play against in doubles?