Happy Friday the 13th, otherwise known as the most unlucky day on the calendar. For all of you superstitious types, here are seven times your favourite tennis players have been handed an unlucky draw in 2017.
It was bound to happen at some point during Maria Sharapova’s return that she would draw a blockbuster first round match and it happened in a big way at the U.S. Open when her name was placed above Simona Halep, one of the title favourites. The match lived up to its billing and will easily go down as one of the matches of the year that had you feeling like you were watching the final.
Vasek Pospisil has a history of getting some pretty unlucky draws at the Grand Slams and this year at Wimbledon was no different. He played and lost in the first round to Dominic Thiem. Unfortunate for the Canadian at his favourite Slam and on his best surface.
Hoping to bust out of her slump during the Asian swing, Eugenie Bouchard was handed an unfriendly draw in Hong Kong, losing to an in-form Caroline Wozniacki in the first round.
Since returning from his wrist surgeries, Juan Martin Del Potro must think that the draw gods are against him. After having to face Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the Rome Masters, the Argentine met Novak Djokovic in the second round of consecutive tournaments at Acapulco and Indian Wells.
The first pro meeting between Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals of the Drummondville National Bank Challenger in March garnered much attention around the tennis world and the match lived up to hype with Shapovalov going on to capture his first ATP Challenger title. A feat that Auger-Aliassime accomplished a few months later in Lyon. It’s just a shame it didn’t happen one round later.
It was another historic Australian Open for Serena Williams in January, further cementing her place as the GOAT after capturing a remarkable 23rd Grand Slam title while pregnant no less. It’s too bad she had to do it against her big sister. And surely Venus would have preferred a different opponent in her first Major final since 2009.
Milos Raonic appeared poised to add another title to his resume this February in Delray Beach only to suffer an injury which forced him to withdraw from the final against Jack Sock. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a bad omen for the rest of his 2017 season.