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Jul 07, 2014
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada
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July 7, 2014

It was a record-breaking fortnight for Canadian tennis as homegrown athletes took over the headlines at Wimbledon! With historic performances from the nation’s best tennis players, this year’s Wimbledon will be one to remember for years to come.

Here are just a few of the incredible achievements to note:  

  • Eugenie Bouchard became the first-ever Canadian to reach a Slam singles final. Dominant through her first six matches, not surrendering a single set to her opponents en route to the championship match, only an in-form Petra Kvitova could stop her.
  • Bouchard was competing in just her sixth career Slam main draw, a mere two years after winning the junior title at Wimbledon. At the young age of 20, she already has two Slam semifinals and one Slam final to her name.
  • Bouchard is now the highest-ranked Canadian female singles player in history at world No. 7, passing Carling Bassett-Seguso’s record of No. 8 from 1985.
  • Milos Raonic became the first male Canadian since Robert Powell in 1908 to reach a Slam singles semifinal and the first-ever in the Open Era. Prior to this year, Raonic’s best Slam result was the fourth round and now he has a quarter-final appearance from the French Open and a semifinal finish from Wimbledon.
  • He is now the highest-ranked Canadian singles player in history at world No. 6.
  • Vasek Pospisil teamed up with Jack Sock and the first-time duo captured the Wimbledon men’s doubles title, defeating world No. 1s Bob and Mike Bryan in a thrilling five-set final. Pospisil and Sock eliminated the No. 2, 5, and 8-seeded pairs along the way as well.
  • The victory gave Pospisil his first Tour-level title and catapulted his doubles ranking to No. 33 from No. 94. Pospisil and Sock are now also the No. 9-ranked pair of the 2014 season.
  • Pospisil is the third Canadian to have won a men’s doubles Grand Slam, behind eight-time winner Daniel Nestor and 1999 US Open champion Sebastien Lareau.
  • While Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic were unable to defend their mixed doubles titles from last year, the pair did advance into the semifinals to continue their success as a duo.
  • Sharon Fichman earned a direct entry to compete in her first-career Wimbledon singles main draw while Frank Dancevic advanced into the second round at the All England Club for the third time in his career and is now back inside the Top 100 rankings for the first time since 2009.
  • Canada has now claimed at least one Wimbledon title each year since 2011:

    • 2014: Vasek Pospisil, Men’s Doubles

    • 2013: Daniel Nestor, Mixed Doubles

    • 2012: Eugenie Bouchard, Junior Girls Singles and Doubles; Filip Peliwo, Junior Boys Singles

    • 2011: Eugenie Bouchard, Junior Girls Doubles

With so much success to already celebrate, the best part is that Canadian tennis is still on the rise with more history-making sure to come in the near future!