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!