As part of its 2018 Fan Awards Gala, Tennis Canada wants you to vote for your best and favourite moments of the year from December 10 to 15. Most touching moment of the season? The best rivalry of the year? YOU get to decide!
Here are the finalists for “Most Inspiring Story of the Year” …
Following a five year hiatus, Rebecca Marino made an impressive and inspirational return to tennis in 2018. She started the year without a ranking after achieving a career-high of No. 38 in 2011. But that certainly didn’t phase her.
In fact, she won the first three tournaments she played in her comeback!
She also took home top honours in Winnipeg and again in Lubbock.
Her five titles were the most for any Canadian player in 2018. Quite an accomplishment!
Rebecca also posted the first WTA victory in her return during qualifying at Rogers Cup in Montreal, defeating the no. 66 player in the world.
Montreal, it was so good to be back! Thank you everyone for your support at @CoupeRogers 2018, I'll see you next year! — À bientôt, Montréal! C'était un plaisir de jouer, merci à tous pour votre soutien pic.twitter.com/FPf32IfhLX
— Rebecca Marino (@beccamarino90) August 9, 2018
A few weeks later in Quebec City, she won two main draw matches to reach the first WTA quarter-final of her comeback.
In addition to her performances on the court, Rebecca also took the time to educate young girls about depression and cyberbullying.
— Coupe Rogers (@CoupeRogers) August 6, 2018
Following an impressive showing against Ukraine and representing Canada with distinction, Eugenie Bouchard was given the Fed Cup Award, defeating the likes of Jelena Ostapenko and Elise Mertens for the honour.
Amazing!!! 🇨🇦 https://t.co/PGDMI6BK1K
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) April 22, 2018
“I am happy that I played well in front of my fans, it gives me confidence,” Bouchard said after winning her second match in as many days.
What a day!!! So proud of Team Canada 🇨🇦❤️ pic.twitter.com/iomUqIsKWH
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) April 23, 2018
While in Montreal, Genie also made the day of few of her young fans who got the chance to ask her some burning questions. We can’t help but watch this video on repeat!
Genie’s Fed Cup Heart Award also came with a $6,000 cash prize which she donated to the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) July 6, 2018
Way to go, Eugenie !
So, who gets your vote for Most Inspiring Story of the Year?
Vote NOW for the #TCFanGala Most Inspiring Story of the Year: 🗳⬇
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) December 15, 2018
And check out our previous Tennis Canada Fan Gala fields – there’s still time to vote!
Monday’s Fan Gala category, Match of the Year.
Tuesday’s Fan Gala category, Rivalry of the Year.
Wednesday’s Fan Gala category, Most Touching Moment of the Year.
Friday’s Fan Gala category, Funniest Moment of the Year.