First round play continued on Tuesday with two Canadians in action 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 Alejandro Tabilo advanced to the second round thanks to a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) win over Aussie qulaifier Jarryd Chaplin. The 18-year-old achieved a career best junior ranking of no. 29 last April. He will next face sixth-seeded American Deiton Baughmann, who knocked out Tabilo’s compatriot Pavel Krainik in the opening round.
For his part, top-seeded Germain Gigounon of Belgium needed three sets to defeat American qualifier Michael Grant 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 after trailing 1-3 in the final set.
Five more Canadians will begin their title quest in Gatineau on Wednesday including Félix Auger-Aliassime who will go up against Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands at 6 :30 p.m.. At just 15 years of age, Auger-Aliassime was the first player born in the 2000s to earn an ATP ranking. Last March, he became the youngest player in history to qualify for the main draw of an ATP Challenger event. He also reached the quarter-finals of the Granby National Bank Challenger in July. Denis Shapovalov, another Canadian rising star, will face Quebecer Iancu-Iustini Ghinda in the early afternoon. Shapovalov teamed up with Auger-Aliassime to capture the junior U.S. Open doubles title last fall and also helped Canada capture its first junior Davis Cup crown. The pair won their first round doubles match today 7-5, 6-4 over Krainik and his American partner Alex Kuznetsov.