There will be five Canadians in the singles main draw at the Australian Open after Peter Polansky and Vasek Pospisil joined their compatriots in the first Grand Slam of the season on Saturday night.
Pospisil won his final round qualifying match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 over Ramkumar Ramanathan of India, but he did struggle with a knee injury in the contest. Pospisil will be making his fourth main draw appearance in Melbourne on Sunday night against former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia in the opening round. He reached the third round Down Under in 2014 and 2015.
After falling 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to India’s Yuki Bhambri in his third round qualies match, Polansky entered the Australian Open main draw as a lucky loser for the second year in a row. He’ll face Russian Karen Khachanov, seeded no. 26 in the tournament on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov joins Pospisil on the opening day schedule against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. They are the third match on Show Court 2 while Pospisil vs. Cilic is third on Hisense Arena. Both matches will begin around 11 p.m. E.T. Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic will open on Monday night. Watch all of the action on TSN.
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