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University Championships kick-off today at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank

Aug 10, 2018
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The stage is set for one of the most competitive Canadian University Tennis Championships ever.  As the tournament celebrates its 10th anniversary year, the field will showcase some of the most exciting match-ups and strongest depth of play in tournament history.

Four women’s teams and four men’s teams from across Canada qualified by winning their regional championships earlier in the 2017-2018 academic year. A look back to the regular season results shows that we can expect hotly-contested matches and multiple teams in contention for the coveted national title.

Men’s draw will crown a new champion

With Western University not in the field this year, there will be a new champion crowned on the men’s side. University of Toronto earned the Ontario bid to the nationals and they are excited to be back at the Championships after a one-year hiatus.  They are relishing the opportunity to compete for a national title again and improve on their 2nd place finish from 2016.  To get there, they will have to overcome a strong field that includes an equally motivated University of Alberta team.

Alberta won the Championships two years ago, where they defeated Toronto in the finals.  Last year they settled for a third place finish after losing a tight 4-3 semi-final contest to McGill and missed out on an opportunity to win back-to-back championships.  Their disappointment from last season has only served as motivation to come back better at this year’s tournament.  Their current squad is eager to win back the title and they are ready for the challenge.

University of Montreal should also be on your list of teams to watch.  They logged both an OUA Championship title and a Quebec league title this year.  With wins over Toronto and Western during the regular season, they are a serious contender for the gold medal and they have a clear goal.  They want to complete a trifecta of titles by adding the Canadian University Tennis Championship to their list of triumphs.

Finally, University of New Brunswick is ready to make their mark as they participate in their first-ever Canadian University Tennis Championships.   They come in full of confidence after beating the 3-time Atlantic League Champions, Dalhousie University, to make their debut on the national scene.

Alberta seeks back-to-back titles

In women’s action, University of Alberta comes in as defending national champions.  They are returning virtually the same starting line-up and they hope that their experience will pay dividends as they aim to cap off their season with back-to-back national titles.

Last year’s win didn’t come easy though as they battled the University of Montreal for over 6 hours in the Championship match.  University of Montreal is also returning to the tournament after dominating Quebec league play and they will be keen to avenge their prior year loss in the Championship round.

Also in the women’s field is Western University who is coming off their second consecutive OUA Championship title. After suffering a narrow loss to Montreal in the semi-finals last year, they are confident that they have put in the necessary work to contend for this year’s title.  Rounding out the women’s field is University of New Brunswick who will be competing in their first national championship in program history.

Catch all the action in real time

All matches are played alongside the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.  The women’s event will begin Friday August 10th in Montreal and the men’s division will kick-off on Saturday August 11th in Toronto.

Catch the action live by purchasing a grounds pass to Rogers Cup presented by National Bank or follow along on our Facebook page for live updates throughout the weekend.  Match times are listed on the draw sheets below.