Even though the country’s top two players are off this week, there are several Canadians playing in tournaments around the world.
After Romania’s Simona Halep was crowned the women’s champion, it’s the ATP’s turn to take over Dubai and Canadians Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC) and Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON) are in the draw for this 500 event. Pospisil, who fell in the second round last week in Marseille, will face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the opening round. The Serbian will be playing his first match since capturing the Australian Open title last month. It will be the third meeting between the two players with Djokovic winning the first two.
In doubles, Pospisil will team up with Frenchman Édouard Roger-Vasselin. The third-seeded duo will play Aisam-Ui-Haq Qureshi and Nenad Zimonjic in the first round while Nestor and Rohan Bopanna advanced to round two with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Djokovic and Laslo Djere.
After falling in the first round of singles qualifying, Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) will try and redeem herself in doubles with her partner Marina Erakovic of New Zealand. They will open against the Czech team of Karolina Pliskova and Lucie Safarova.
On the ITF Pro Circuit
Several Canadians will be playing on the ITF Pro Circuit this week. Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON), and Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON) are in California to compete in the $25,000 Rancho Santa Fe Challenger. Last week, Abanda was a semifinalist at the $25,000 Surprise Challenger in Arizona.