Six Canadians on board

Six Canadians on board

They are six Canadians to defend in singles the colors of their country at the French Open tennis tournament which begins on Sunday.

And to think that this impressive delegation could have counted on two other members, had it not been for the withdrawals of Milos Raonic and Bianca Andreescu, whose place in the main draw was acquired.

Alongside Eugenie Bouchard, recipient of a laissez-passer, and Leylah Annie Fernandez, the male contingent is made up of Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Vasek Pospisil and Steven Diez.

The latter, the surprise guest among men, toiled hard to achieve his ends. He had to win his three qualifying matches to participate in the first major tournament of his career, at the age of 29.

In the Top 10

Shapovalov will play his first competition since making his debut in the top 10 at ATP. He has indeed become the first player from his country to reach this plateau since Raonic in 2016.

The one who will face the Frenchman Gilles Simon (53rd racket in the world) in the initial round has had some good times in recent weeks reaching the quarter-final round at the US Open and the four-quarter ace at the Masters 1000 Rome.

Quebecer Auger-Aliassime will be making his very first appearance in the main draw in Paris in the professional ranks.

Despite a disappointing run during the two clay-court tournaments preceding the big meeting at Roland Garros, he is optimistic about performing well. He was eliminated from entering Rome and was shown the door in the second round in Hamburg the following week.

” I feel good “

“My game is constantly improving on this surface,” he said, in an interview with TSN, “but it is obviously not at the expected level. As much as last year I had to give up coming to Paris, this year I feel good and my body does not cause any concerns. It is a great privilege to participate in such a prestigious tournament. ”

The 20-year-old has a third date with Yoshihito Nishioka, 25, and 51st at ATP. The Japanese won the first two matches, the most recent of which was at Indian Wells last year, which ended in a tiebreaker in the decisive third set.

“It's a good test, admitted Auger-Aliassime. I know I will have to work hard to win. Any game is difficult. ”

Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime are the highest ranked players 21 and under in the world today.

Big Sizes

Pospisil was certainly not favored by the draw, he who will try to cross the first round for the first time in seven appearances in Paris.

The 76th in the world will face the Italian Matteo Berrettini (7th seed). If he continues his journey, he could cross swords with Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (10th favorite). Difficult task.

As for Diez (179th world), all hopes are possible since he will have as opponent the American Mackenzie-McDonald, less well classified (236th) than him. But, if he manages to pass the first round, it is a certain Rafael Nadal that he will have in front of him in the following round.

With the exception of Bouchard, who plays on Sunday, all the initial games involving the Canadiens will take place on Monday or Tuesday.

CANADIANS AT ROLAND-GARROS

Vasek Pospisil

6 participations

Card: 0-6

  • 2019 | Absent
  • 2018 | 1st round
  • 2017 | Absent
  • 2016 | 1st round
  • 2015 | 1st round
  • 2014 | 1st round
  • 2013 | 1st round
  • 2012 | 1st round

Denis shapovalov

3 participations

Card: 1-2

  • 2019 | 1st round
  • 2018 | 2nd round
  • 2017 | 1st round of qualifying.

Felix Auger-Aliassime

1 participation

Card: 1-1

  • 2019 | Flat rate
  • 2018 | 2nd round of qualifying

Stevens diez

1st participation, qualified

Eugenie Bouchard

Record in 2020: 12-6

Scholarships in 2020: US $ 72,631

Career record: 272-200

Career scholarships: US $ 6,495,453

Current ranking: 168th

Best ranking: 5th (in October 2014)

Victory: 1 (Nuremberg 2014 – Clay)

In 2020: 6 tournaments

Tournament | Course | Area

Istanbul, Turkey | Final | Clay

Prague, R.-Czech | 1st round | Clay

Prague, R.-Czech | Quarter-finals | Clay

Newport Beach | CA: 1st round | Tough

Melbourne, Australia | 3rd round of qualifying. | Tough

Auckland, New Zealand | Quarter-finals | Tough

At Roland-Garros

Lifetime record: 8-6

  • 2019 | 1st round
  • 2018 | 1st round of qualifying
  • 2017 | 2nd round
  • 2016 | 2nd round
  • 2015 | 1st round
  • 2014 | Semi-finals
  • 2013 | 2nd round

Leylah Annie Fernandez

Record in 2020: 18-9

Scholarships in 2020: US $ 208,698

Career record: 79-47

Career scholarships: US $ 265,046

Current ranking: 100th

Best ranking: 98th (in September 2020)

Titles: none

In 2020: 8 tournaments

Tournament | Course | Area

Rome, Italy | 1st round of qualifying. | Clay

Flushing Meadows | 2nd round | Tough

Cincinnati, OH * | 1st round | Tough

Lexington | KY 2nd round | Tough

Monterrey, Mexico | Quarter-finals | Tough

Acapulco, Mexico | Final | Tough

Melbourne, Australia | 1st round | Tough

Auckland, New Zealand | 1st round of qualifying. | Tough

At Roland-Garros

First participation this year in the professional ranks

* Tournament presented on the Flushing Meadows site, in New York State

Source: WTA

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