Auger-Aliassime and Peliwo fall in the opening round
First round play concluded on Wednesday at the Gatineau Futures presented by the Turpin Group, National Bank Financial, a $25,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) event which is being played at the Sporthèque in Gatineau until March 6.
Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov booked his place in the second round thanks to a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win over Quebecer Iancu-Iustini Ghinda. Shapovalov is currently on a 10 match win streak in Futures play, a run which started in January when he won his first pro title in Florida. He joins his compatriot Alejandro Tabilo in round two and wil next face second-seeded Liam Broady of Great Britian who defeated Canadian qualifier Jack Mingjie Lin 6-3, 6-1 in his opener.
Fifteen-year-old Félix Auger-Aliassime was defeated on Wednesday night by Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands 7-6(4), 6-3. He is still in the doubles draw with Shapovalov. The pair will play their quarter-final match on Thursday. Vancouver’s Filip Peliwo was also ousted in the first round 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 by American Alex Kuznetsov.
Thursday’s evening session match in Gatineau will see top-seeded Belgian Germain Gigounon go up against Edward Corrie of Great Britain at 7 p.m..