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Tennis Canada Fan Gala 2018 : Most Touching Moment of the Year

Dec 12, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

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 Touching Moment of the Year”. 

1. Daniel Nestor‘s retirement after 27 years on tour

In September, 46-year-old Daniel Nestor hung up his racket after appearing in his 53rd Davis Cup tie for Canada. Yes, you read that right… FIFTY-THREE!

Upon his retirement in front of his hometown fans in Toronto, Daniel was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Canadian Tennis. A well-deserved honour!

“I will really miss the atmosphere and the camaraderie in the locker room. I’ll miss my teammates and the fans,” an emotional Nestor said on court after his final match.

Eight Grand Slam men’s doubles titles and four more in mixed doubles… the list of Nestor’s career accomplishments is long and immpressive to say the least.

Did you know that Daniel Nestor is the only player in history to win all four Grand Slams, an Olympic gold medal, the ATP World Tour Finals, AND all of the Masters 1000 tournaments? Unbelievable!

And we’ll never forget his Davis Cup victory over then World No. 1 Stefan Edberg in 1992.

We’ll miss you Daniel!

2. Bianca Andreescu during the Canada vs. Ukraine Fed Cup tie in Montreal

Bianca Andreescu during the Canada vs. Ukraine Fed Cup tie in Montreal

In control against Lesia Tsurenko in the opening match of the Canada vs. Ukraine Fed Cup tie in Montreal, the 17-year-old was putting forth an impressive performance before she started cramping badly, losing nine straight games and leaving the court on a wheelchair and in tears.

Despite the cramps, she still proudly gave everything she had.

Photo: Pascal Ratthé/Tennis Canada

To the surprise of many, Bianca courageously returned to the court the following day to play the decisive doubles match alongside Gabriela Dabrowski despite still feeling pain.

The Canadian duo posted a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory to allow Canada to maintain its place in World Group II.

“It’s a very special moment for me, especially what happened on Saturday. It’s never fun to have stop playing because of injuries,” an ecstatic Bianca said after the match.

You made us proud Bianca!

3. The incredible camaraderie between Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov at the U.S. Open

Who can forget that very special moment at Flushing Meadows in September?

Playing in his first Grand Slam main draw, Félix’s first opponent was none other than his good friend and compatriot Denis Shapovalov in a much-anticipated encounter.

After splitting the first two sets, Félix trailed 0-2 in the third set when suddenly something didn’t feel right physically. In the scorching New York humidity, his heart rate was rising too fast, which was big cause for concern.

Denis encouraged Félix to continue, but after consulting with his team and family, he decided to retire from the match. Seeing his friend visibly upset, Denis consoled Félix, an incredibly touching moment that had the entire tennis world talking.

Here it is again in case you missed it :

“When we were at the net, I told him that we’ll be back here and we’ll be playing each other in the final,” a classy Denis said after the match.

A moment we won’t soon forget!

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So, who gets your vote for Most Touching Moment of the Year?

Check back tomorrow as we reveal the fourth awards category of the Tennis Canada Fan Awards Gala!

And don’t forget to check out:

Monday’s Fan Gala category, Match of the Year.
Tuesday’s Fan Gala category, Rivalry of the Year.

There’s still time to vote!