After some shut calls on the 12 months’s first main, all eyes shall be on Staff Canada offered by Sobeys as they’re again on house soil for the primary time in over 5 years this week for the Davis Cup qualifying spherical.
It’s a busy stretch proper now for the Canadians between the Australian Open and Davis Cup, in addition to motion on the ATP and ITF excursions.
Right here’s what it is advisable to know.
In Case You Missed It: Dabrowski, Shaw Final Canadians Standing in Melbourne
Three Canadians made it to week two of the 2024 Australian Open, however the nation’s bid to have a minimum of one finalist in 4 consecutive majors fell simply quick.
Gabriela Dabrowski had her eyes on a second consecutive main and reached the semifinals of the ladies’s doubles in Melbourne, however she and Erin Routliffe were knocked out in the final four by the 11th seeds Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko in two tight units.
Within the blended doubles, Dabrowski and associate Nathaniel Lammons had been crushed within the quarter-finals by native wildcards Olivia Gadecki and Marc Polmans.
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On the identical day Dabrowski and Routliffe went down, Rob Shaw noticed his bid to lastly attain the Australian Open last finish as he and associate Heath Davidson were beaten in the quad wheelchair semis by eventual champions Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner.
Shaw additionally reached the quarter-finals of the quad singles, profitable a singles match at a Grand Slam occasion for the primary time in his profession.
Lastly, Keegan Rice was the lone Canadian competing within the junior attracts. He reached the quarter-finals of a junior main for the primary time in his profession within the doubles, the place he and his American associate Roy Horovitz misplaced to the eventual champions Maxwell Exsted and Cooper Woestendiok.
Rice misplaced within the second spherical of the boys singles.
What to Watch: Davis Cup Returns to Canada
It’s a busy week for the Canadian males on the highest ranges of males’s tennis.
Davis Cup returns to Canada for the primary time since 2018 this week as Canada hosts South Korea within the qualifying spherical with a spot within the Finals Group Stage on the road.
The perfect-of-five tie will happen on Friday and Saturday at IGA Stadium in Montreal. There shall be two singles matches on Friday adopted on Saturday by a doubles and as much as extra two singles matches.
Team Canada presented by Sobeys is composed of Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Gabriel Diallo, Alexis Galarneau, and Liam Draxl. They’re captained by Frank Dancevic.
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There may be one occasion on the ATP Tour this week and it is also of curiosity to Canadian followers with each Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov competing on the 250 occasion in Montpellier, France.
Auger-Aliassime is the third seed and has a bye. He’ll face both Arthur Cazaux or Maximilian Marterer in his opening match. He may face No. 5 seed Andy Murray within the quarter-finals and No. 2 seed Alexander Bublik within the semis.
Shapovalov faces Hugo Gaston in spherical one and would play Bublik if he wins.
Beneath the Radar: The Queen of Monastir
If Carson Branstine had been commissioner of tennis, a logical transfer for her could be to make each occasion on tour happen in Monastir, Tunisia.
The 23-year-old received her fourth ITF title final week and third in Monastir within the final 4 months, having received two W15s there final November. This victory can also be the largest title of her profession as this Monastir occasion was a W35.
Branstine received the occasion as a qualifier, profitable eight complete matches on her strategy to the title. After profitable three to get into the principle draw, she upset the second seed Alice Robbe within the first spherical in straight units. She received each the quarter-final and semifinal 7-5 within the third set earlier than claiming the trophy with a straight-set victory within the last over Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva.
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On the ITF Junior circuit, Canadian twins Mikael and Nicolas Arseneault reached the doubles last on the J300 occasion in San Jose, knocking off the highest seeded pair 11-9 within the match tiebreak within the quarter-finals, earlier than falling in straight-sets within the last.
This week on the ITF circuit, a trio of Canadian girls are competing at a W75 occasion in Rome.
You’ll be able to comply with the Canadians in motion each week here.