While our attention is currently turned towards the ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier tournament in Madrid which continue until Sunday, the NCAA Championships kick-off on Friday and will also be quite interesting to follow. In fact, many of our Canadian players will be in action, competing in the team, singles and doubles events. There will be four girls and seven boys taking part in the competition.
Four representatives, three disciplines
Jonquière native and a proud member of the Clemson Tigers since 2016, Marie-Alexandre Leduc has been chosen to compete in all three events. In the team tournament, her university will face off against Ohio State University in the first round. A quarter-finalist at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Championships last November and semi-finalist at the Regional Championships a month earlier, the NCAA’s 24th ranked player climbed over 50 places in the rankings in the fall of 2017.
For her part, Rosie Johanson will represent the Virginia Cavaliers. She who, at the beginning of the year, has set for herself the goal of being part of the team event as well as the singles event has also been chosen to play in the doubles competition. Not far behind her fellow Canadian Catherine Leduc in the standings (No. 32), Johanson notably defeated her compatriot in their previous meeting in straight sets just a few days ago. Her team will face Virginia Commonwealth University in the first round.
Stacey Fung and Vanessa Wong are the two other female Canadian players who were selected to take part in the Championships and will both be competing for the same team, the Washington Huskies. Although she was not chosen for the team event, Fung holds an impressive record of 72-27 in singles since 2015 and will thus take part in the singles tournament. Wong will compete in the singles and doubles events. Since 2017, she has posted a record of 27-8 in singles and 21-9 in doubles.
Impressive Canadian male delegation
In the boys’ competition, all of our representatives will compete in the team event. Among them, five are former members of Tennis Canada’s National Tennis Centre.
Benjamin Sigouin and Josh Peck will represent the No. 6 university in the NCAA rankings, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Former World No. 4 in the juniors and current No. 32 in the NCAA, Sigouin was also selected to play in singles. He was recently named Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. “It is quite an honour. The ACC is a really tough conference. My good friend and teammate won the award last year, so it is nice to follow in his footsteps. It is hard work from the whole team and it is paying off,” said Sigouin on his award.
Three other Canadians have been chosen for two disciplines, as Jack Mingjie Lin (Columbia) is set to compete in the team and doubles events, Alexis Galarneau (North Carolina State) will take part in the singles and team competition and Juan Carlos Aguilar (Texas A&M) will be in doubles and team action, as well as Harrison Scott playing for the University of Texas team.
For his part, Nicaise Muamba made his debut with the University of Tennessee in the spring of 2017 and has been chosen to take part in the team event. As for Laval native Dan Martin, he will also take part in the team competition representing Dartmouth.
This will be a very busy weekend for our Canadian delegation who will undoubtedly give their best efforts to make their university proud.
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