5 Canadians selected for 2018 Wimbledon singles main draw

The 2018 Wimbledon will see five Canadians fighting it out in the singles draws. The selected players include Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Peter Polansky and Denis Shapovalov.

Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) became the 26th seed for the tournament. The unique seeding process makes its selection based on the ATP ranking of the player and his achievements on the grass court. The 19-year-old Shapovalov is ranked at number 23 and was able to reach the semi-finals at Masters 1000 for the second time in Madrid. He is also the champion of the 2016 Junior Wimbledon and could compete against the Andy Murray, the two time Wimbledon winner in the second round.

Who can make it big?

Now, there are a number of other contenders except Shapovalov who could make a difference in the Wimbledon. We will take a look at a few of them below.

Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) is the 13th seed and currently ranked at world number 32. He had reached the final in 2016 Wimbledon and won against the legendary Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Raonic is a promising addition to this year’s Wimbledon has reached the finals at Mercedes Cup held recently in Stuttgart. He will be competing against the boy’s single finalist of 2011 Junior Wimbledon, Liam Broady who has got a Wild Card entry at the tournament.

Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC) is currently world number 93 and has made a great improvement to his ranking since the beginning of the year. He has also shown great skills at the All England Club by winning the 2014 doubles title and reaching the 2015 quarter-finals. Pospisil will play his first round against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan who is ranked at number 90. He can potentially face Rafael Nadal in the next round if he is able to get past Kukushkin.


The 24-year-old Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) qualified in her three matches and reached the main draw for the year. She is currently ranked at number 191 and has performed quite well at the Wimbledon. She made her way into the Grand Slam final for the first time in 2014 playing on the grass court. She will face Gabriella Taylor, the British Wild Card entry in her first round and can play against the defending champion Garbine Muguruza in her fourth round.

Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) and her teammate Yifan Xu have become the 6th seed in the tournament. She is also a promising entry having won the mixed doubles Grand Slam for two times and will be eyeing the title of ladies’ doubles major.

Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) is the lucky loser to get the entry in the Wimbledon. He lost in the final round of the qualifiers but was lucky for the third time to get selected as the lucky loser. He will be competing against Dennis Novak, the Austrian qualifier in his first round and will be looking to enter into the top 100 this time.

Canadian Rising Tennis Star Preparing Hard for U.S Open

The teenage rising star from Canada, Denis Shapovalov is full of confidence ready for the qualifying matches of the U.S. Open. The tennis player created history with his run to semifinals in the Rogers Cup in Montreal. He beat the tennis legend Rafael Nadal with a stunning performance in the second set which brought him further into the limelight.

The New Rising Tennis Star for Canadians

The week had been good for Shapovalov and he shot to 67th spot in the world ATP singles rankings from 143. The 18-year-old player from Richmond Hill, Ont. Went on to get defeated in the semis by German player Alexander Zverev who was also the defending champion.

The young Shapovalov also broke a few records in the tournament last week. He is the youngest participant to play in the semi-finals of a Masters Series tournament which is just a tier below the Grand Slams. Another record created by him is being the lowest ranked player to feature in the Master semifinals after 2003 when Andrei Pavel played with a rank of 191.

The U.S. Open Is Just a Little While Away!

Now, Shapovalov is busy training and preparing himself for the qualifying rounds of the U.S Open. He said that there was a lot of work for him to do to maintain his position and keep performing the way he did in Montreal. Winning again big guys like Nadal gave him the confidence that he belonged to the court and was capable of taking them on. But he was also quick to add that anyone can experience a bad day and an early defeat is possible.

He commented that anyone can play really well on a given day and he has proved himself on that point. He will be taking on other guys who will be out to prove the same, and it will be challenging for him. But that’s what he loves doing so he is preparing himself thoroughly. For today there are many types of sports activities that people can enjoy: tennis, football, and basketball, but they take much strength. In such case, you can have a relax checking one of the credible sources ValleyGames advisor, where you will find best Canadian online casino.

Thinking of the Next Level

Coach Martin Laurendeau is assisting Shapovalov in developing his skills and consistency. During a recent practice session, he performed in drills and took the court to practice his shots. At one-time coach Laurendeau was heard calling Shapovalov a cheetah as he rushed towards the net too quickly. The important advice from the coach was that a cheetah was fast only in straight lines, but it cannot change directions quickly.

It’s back to work for Shapovalov as he needs to improve on some grounds including his volleys to qualify for the U.S Open. He has already achieved the two goals he set for this year- win at a Challenger tournament and crack a good world ranking. Now he wants to play a mix of ATP Championships and lower-tier Challenger tournaments for the rest of the year.

The U.S Open qualifiers are set to begin on August 28. And Shapovalav will surely want to make the most of what he can then!

Make your bets: Canadians head for Wimbledon!

3-16 July promises to be an exciting period for all tennis fans who wait for the legendary Wimbledon tournament to bring up some interesting outcomes of the matches between honored tennis stars and just very promising players who have already stolen the show in previously held global championships. Starting this Monday, the 131st Wimbledon edition is featured with expectations set around such names as Andy Murray, Alexander Bublik, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, John Millman and much more. In fact, the list is huge. Take Canada: originally planning just 3 entrants to come directly into play, they will now be represented by 12 participants who got involved thanks to an excellent performance in the other famous tournaments and qualifying rounds.

Milos Raonic is one of the long guaranteed participants from Canada and is actually the county’s best hope. They say “it’s all about the surface” when it comes to Raonic – world’s number 6 prefers grass courts and is more than ready to try his luck in this crucial fight another time. Last year, Milos Raonic was super close to taking the Grand Slam in Wimbledon tennis singles championship, but finally lost to Andy Murray from Great Britain. The good news Milos is now in a good shape, luckily having avoided any injuries in the latest six tournaments and having completely changed his fitness program. Plus, he only lost once in the series of tune-up matches and that one was against Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia, which does not worry either Raonic’s coach Casey Curtis, or Raonic himself. The Canadian player starts his Wimbledon run for the Slam in a game against Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany on Tuesday. Yay, that’s got to be something! We sure that many bettors out there can’t wait to start a game. Remember, that there is much more certain way to have fun while gambling with Canadian online casinos who offer betting.

Another high rated player from Canada and world number 61, Eugenie Bouchard, hit the grass in her first Wimbledon match against Spanish Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday. That was not her best court performance – 6-1/1-6/1-6 – but, hopefully, it is just a start. People have been worried about Bouchard all this time because of the ankle injury, which already put some limits on her true professional potential during the French Open. Eugenie herself feels pretty quiet about it and is totally focused on the tournament.

Finally, Vasek Pospisil took the third guaranteed Wimbledon spot this year after he won the Korean Busan Open Challenger. Currently ranked 75th, Pospisil plays against Austrian Dominic Thiem this Tuesday. Until now, Pospisil has demonstrated good results in his tennis career, associated with several remarkable wins on the grass.

What may truly get someone captivated is Canadian teenagers’ promising debut at Wimbledon 2017. Denis Shapovalov, Bianca Andreescu and Francoise Abanda are extremely excited about their first Grand Slam singles matches.

Andreescu has been very determined to win and has gained great qualifiers’ results (6-4/6-3 against Viktoria Kuzmova during one qualifying draw), just like when she outplayed the world’s number 51 in this April’s Fed Cup.  On Tuesday, Bianca Andreescu will play her first round against Kristina Kucova from Slovakia.

Bianca’s tennis partner Françoise Abanda is the second Canadian female teenager who was so eager to get to the main Wimbledon draws and actually did it. Aged 20, Abanda will appear in her third Grand Slam draw after she defeated Lin Zhu (6-4/6-3) with obvious dominance in serving during the qualifiers. Abanda (world’s number 142) opened her Wimbledon season against Kurumi Nara from Japan (ranked 94) with a definite success – 6-4/6-3.

One of the most impressive Wimbledon enters was made by 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov. Unfortunately, he lost his first Monday round to 2013 semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz. Prior to Wimbledon, he demonstrated great qualifying results at the Queen’s Club tournament.

Follow up! This year Canada has all chances to get into the British tennis history.

Jane & Finch Tennis Association largely contributes to active youth community

Widely called ‘the most dangerous place in Toronto to be a kid’, Jane and Finch neighborhood has a long-time reputation of being a hotspot for the local criminal gangs, sole-supported families and immigrants. Worth noticing, over half of the area habitats live below the poverty line in Canada. Who could even imagine that sports may become a way of life for some of the Jane and Finch youngsters? Especially tennis, this prestigious and often costly discipline!

Luckily, in 2006 Tennis Canada initiated building of the tennis community capacity in a joint effort with Jane and Finch neighborhood leaders. Using tennis as a trigger, the Building Tennis Communities (BTC) strategy focused on developing a healthy community where children would get involved in sports habits.  That would significantly influence their school performance and help better settle in life.

In a few years, Jane and Finch tennis community noticeably grew in number. Within 2008-2009 season leagues, over 140 participants joined the registration, including volunteers from San Romanoway Revitalization Program. 2009 summer league was already held at the newly refurbished tennis courts at the Grandravine Community Centre. The Tennis Association got powerful enough to offer around 10 scholarships for the promising participants to develop further their skills.  In addition, many Association members have become coaches of the younger participants with time. For sure, this also brings some valuable life experience and soft skills.

Now Jane and Finch Tennis Association organizes tennis leagues for boys and girls several times a year. With financial assistance of the local private sports clubs, participation in the leagues costs just $10 for each member, which is more than affordable in terms of tennis. Young league players learn the basics of team settings and get matched with the tennis players possessing similar skills and abilities. Their coaches are young people aged between 16 and 20, who take their job seriously and responsibly organize all tennis-related drills.

Canada highlighted at French Open 2017

This year’s edition of the world famous tennis contest in France was not only marked with a first-time-in-history withdrawal of the two champions of the Australian Open right before the tournament, but also with several phenomenal wins made by the outstanding Canadian players. Gabriela Dabrowski, Bianca Andreescu, Carson Branstine, all appeared on the covers of the sports press. Sadly, Milos Raonic did not manage to take another big victory, but still did a good job. Inspired for further success, they all returned home from the 116th French Open, which took place at Stade Roland Garrosin Paris from 28 May till 11 June.

Gabriela Dabrowskiemerged as the female tennis player in Canada awarded with a Grand Slam title. Aged 25, Gabriela from Ottawa unexpectedly gloried within the international tennis community after being crowned a mixed doubles champion at French Open together with Rohan Bopanna of India. The pair got advantage of 2 points in a tense match against Colombian Robert Farahand Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany: 2-6, 6-2, 12-10. For Dabrowski and Bopanna it was the first mixed doubles final: the game is only held4 times a year as a part of Grand Slam sessions and during the Olympic Games. The pair got united at last year’s US Open and since then, they have gone through several dramaticmatches, including their loss during the Australian Open in January 2017.

From the very beginning of her tennis career, Gabriela Dabrowski proved to be a promising player: in 2010, she was ranked 5th within ITF, before that Dabrowski was the only junior to become a champion of “Les PetitsAs” tournament for 14-and-under-year-olds and also the youth division of the Orange Bowl in 2009. Coached by her father Yurek, Gabriela has never truly made it as a single, which is for some reasons treated as more prestigious in tennis, even though most Canadian top results have been achieved in doubles. Anyway, Dabrowski does not give up on her career in singles and currently ranked 281 in the world.

Speaking about doubles, this time Canadian juniors Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine also brought a French Open trophy in the category. Aged 16, the girls forced out Russians Olesya Pervushina and Anastasia Potapova in 57 minutes. Previously, the pair got similar honored titles during the Open in Australia. This adds to more than one Slam titles at a time, which was already once achieved by Canadian tennis players Eugenie Bouchard and Filip Peliwo during Wimbledon in 2012.