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April in Review: Juniors take centre stage

May 05, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada

In a month that featured an ATP title for Adil Shamasdin and a stirring Fed Cup performance from Francoise Abanda, it was Canada’s top junior players that made the most noise in April, with several of the nation’s under-18 players winning titles and making finals at international events. Here is our review of the month that was for Canadian tennis!

HIGHLIGHTS IN BRIEF:

  • Vanessa Wong and Denis Shapovalov clinched the U18 Rogers Indoor Junior National Championships singles crowns in Markham, Ont.
  • Adil Shamasdin captured his second career ATP World Tour doubles title when he and partner Rameez Junaid of Australia defeated top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 3-6, 6-2, 10-7 in the Casablanca final.

Adil Shamasdin Casablanca champion 

  • At the ITF Grade 2 junior event in Istres, France, Charlotte Robillard-Millette clinched the girls’ title while Felix Auger-Aliassime finished as runner-up.
  • Francoise Abanda impressed in her second Fed Cup appearance, defeating world No. 33 Irina-Camelia Begu to open Canada’s World Group play-off against Romania in front of her home crowd in Montreal. It was the 18-year-old’s biggest career win so far. Then, with her team down 2-1 following two losses from Eugenie Bouchard, Abanda also nearly upset Alexandra Dulgheru before falling 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Canada ultimately lost 3-2 to the Romanians and will be relegated to World Group II for 2016.
  • A week after Philippe Bedard and Joel Dembe won the Uberlandia Wheelchair Tennis Open doubles crown in Brazil, Bedard closed their South American swing by capturing the Quito Open singles title in Ecuador.

Philippe Bedard

  •  Robillard-Millette continued her strong play by winning the Grade 1 crown in Beaulieu Sur Mer, France – defeating Bianca Andreescu in what was an all-Canadian final.
  • Katarina Kopcalic won her first ITF junior title by capturing the Grade 3 trophy in Tunis, Tunisia in the last week of April.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Charlotte Robillard-Millette

Robillard-Millette went 15-2 in the month of April, impressively winning two tournaments (a Grade 1 tourney and a Grade 2 event, both in France) and making the final of another (a Grade 2 event in Spain). She started the year ranked world No. 97 – now the 16-year-old closing in on the Top 20 at No. 22. A member of Tennis Canada’s full-time National Training Centre in Montreal, Robillard-Millette has fast become one of the very best juniors in the world. She is currently on a 10-match win streak on the ITF junior circuit.

MOVER OF THE MONTH: Bianca Andreescu

Born on June 16, 2000, Bianca Andreescu is the youngest player inside the girl’s Top 100 world rankings. Andreescu started the 2015 season ranked No. 332, and she is now up to No. 54 thanks in part to a stellar April which included making two finals in France, at a Grade 1 and Grade 2 event.

MOMENT OF THE MONTH: Francoise Abanda’s victory over Irina-Camelia Begu at Fed Cup

Francoise Abanda was deservedly exuberant after defeating world No. 33 Irina-Camelia Begu for her first-ever Fed Cup victory. Ranked No. 260 at the time, it was an impressive comeback performance for the teenager against a more seasoned opponent. It was a special moment for both Abanda and Canadian tennis.

View going up the Olympic Stadium #mtl

A photo posted by Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) on

Eugenie Bouchard shared the soaring view from the Fed Cup draw in Montreal.

Ready? A photo posted by Milos Raonic (@mraonic) on

Milos Raonic played just one event in April, making the quarter-finals of Monte-Carlo (his eighth quarter-final appearance at the past 11 Masters 1000s), before retiring against Tomas Berdych with a foot injury.