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Andreescu advances to second round at French Open

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 30, 2023

PARIS - Canada's Bianca Andreescu has advanced to the second round of the French Open with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over 18th-seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

Andreescu started to take control of the match after a poor first set, overpowering Azarenka with an aggressive pace and confident shotmaking.

The 22-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., went up with an early break in the third set to take a 2-1 lead, then fought off a break point for a crucial hold.

Azarenka did not go quietly, however. The Belarusian fought off four match points in the final game before hitting the net to end the match in two hours 30 minutes.

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French Open’s No. 2 seed, Daniil Medvedev, loses to 172nd-ranked qualifier, Thiago Seyboth Wild

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French Open’s No. 2 seed, Daniil Medvedev, loses to 172nd-ranked qualifier, Thiago Seyboth Wild

Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 30, 2023

PARIS (AP) — Daniil Medvedev was seeded No. 2 at the French Open. Coming off a clay-court title a little more than a week ago, too. Plus, he already owns one Grand Slam trophy and was a finalist three other times.

And his opponent Tuesday in the first round at Roland Garros? Well, Thiago Seybolt Wild, a 23-year-old from Brazil, is ranked just 172nd and was playing only his second match in the main draw of any major tournament. He needed to win three matches in qualifying rounds last week just to make it into the men’s bracket — something he’d failed to do on eight previous attempts at Slams.

Sometimes, the numbers just don’t matter. Nor does past experience. The winner of a tennis match tends to be whoever was better that day, no matter how surprising that might be.

Seybolt Wild looked very much like he belonged on Court Philippe Chatrier, hitting big forehands and keeping his nerve down the stretch to oust Medvedev 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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Tuesday, May. 30, 2023

Germany's Alexander Zverev plays a shot against South Africa's Lloyd Harris during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

Canada's Dabrowski a threat in doubles

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Canada's Dabrowski a threat in doubles

Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press 3 minute read Monday, May. 29, 2023

A decisive doubles victory in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers last month helped Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski carry "a pretty good level" into her tournaments leading up to the French Open.

Now she's hoping to build on it at the second Grand Slam of the tennis season.

Dabrowski, ranked 18th in the world in doubles, will team with Brazil's Luisa Stefani as the eighth seeds in the women's competition. She'll also play mixed doubles with American Nathaniel Lammons at Roland Garros.

"I'm someone that's always looking to grow and improve in any small way that I can with my game," she said from Paris. "So I'm always looking for ways that I can be better in every part of the court and in every way."

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Monday, May. 29, 2023

A decisive doubles victory in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers last month helped Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski carry “a pretty good level” into her tournaments leading up to the French Open. Dabrowski returns as she and Leylah Fernandez play Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and Greet Minnen during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers doubles match, in Vancouver, on Saturday, April 15, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Shapovalov opens French Open with five-set win

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Shapovalov opens French Open with five-set win

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Monday, May. 29, 2023

PARIS - Denis Shapovalov exhaled visibly as he watched Brandon Nakashima's return sail out of play.

Nakashima's unforced error capped a 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 win for the mercurial Shapovalov on Monday in first-round action at the French Open.

Shapovalov, seeded 26th in Paris, served to love in a final game that contrasted an uneven match featuring big swings in momentum.

The Canadian had to overcome dips in form and a medical timeout to claim the win over Nakashima — an American up-and-comer and winner of last year's Next Generation ATP Finals — in a marathon time of three hours 47 minutes.

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Monday, May. 29, 2023

Canada's Denis Shapovalov plays a shot against Brandon Nakashima of the U.S. during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

Fernandez advances to second round at French Open

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Fernandez advances to second round at French Open

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Sunday, May. 28, 2023

PARIS - Canada's Leylah Fernandez advanced to the second round of the French Open on Sunday, beating Magda Linette of Poland 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, in a first-round match.

Fernandez now leads the head-to-head 2-1, having also beaten Linette in three sets in the first round of Roland-Garros back in 2020. Fernandez entered the tournament ranked 49th in the WTA rankings, while Linette was ranked 21st.

The 20-year-old from Laval, Que., overcame some difficulties with her serve, including issues with her ball toss, to secure the victory. She committed nine double faults and only hit two aces throughout the match.

But she managed to create 13 breakpoint opportunities and converted three, including one late in the third set to give her a 5-3 lead.

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Sunday, May. 28, 2023

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez returns to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers singles match, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 14, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Felix, Bianca lead Canadian hopes at French Open

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Felix, Bianca lead Canadian hopes at French Open

Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press 3 minute read Friday, May. 26, 2023

The Canadian tennis scene reached new heights in recent years thanks to a young core of domestic talent that broke through on the sport's biggest stages.

A cooling-off period appears to have settled in this season. Canada's top players will look to rectify that at the upcoming French Open.

At No. 10, Felix Auger-Aliassime is the highest-seeded Canadian at the second Grand Slam of the season. Denis Shapovalov, who also helped anchor Canada to a Davis Cup title last fall, is the other Canadian in the men's singles field at Roland Garros.

Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, leads the Canadian charge in women's singles. She's joined by Leylah Fernandez, who reached the final at Flushing Meadows in 2021, and Rebecca Marino.

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Friday, May. 26, 2023

Felix Auger Aliassime, of Canada, returns a volley against Thiago Monteiro, of Brazil, in the first set of a match at the Miami Open tennis tournament on March 25, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jim Rassol

Auger-Aliassime questionable for French Open

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Auger-Aliassime questionable for French Open

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Thursday, May. 25, 2023

PARIS - Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew from the quarterfinals of the Lyon Open on Thursday, casting some doubt on his participation in the upcoming French Open.

He withdrew from his match against up-and-coming French teen Arthur Fils with a shoulder injury shortly after the French Open draw was announced.

Main draw action at the second Grand Slam of the year begins Sunday.

The move could be precautionary for Auger-Aliassime. He's seeded 10th at Roland Garros and was drawn into a bracket at the clay-court major that could include a fourth-round matchup against No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.

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Thursday, May. 25, 2023

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, right, celebrates winning against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, left, in their final men's singles match of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands on February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Peter Dejong

Fernandez eliminated from Morocco Open

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Fernandez eliminated from Morocco Open

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

RABAT, Morocco - Canada's Leylah Fernandez is out of the Morocco Open after a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 loss to Peyton Stearns of the United States in second-round action Wednesday.

The fifth-seeded Fernandez, from Laval, Que., struggled with her serve, committing eight double-faults and defending just four of the 10 break points she faced.

Stearns also had difficulty holding serve, surrendering five breaks on nine chances. But she had the game's only ace and hit into just three double faults.

It was the first meeting between the players on the WTA Tour.

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Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

Canada's Leylah Fernandez reacts after losing a point to Belgium's Ysaline Bonaventure during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers singles match, in Vancouver, on Saturday, April 15, 2023.Fernandez is out of the Morocco Open after a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 loss to Peyton Stearns of the United States in second-round action Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada's Auger-Aliassime advances at Lyon Open

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Canada's Auger-Aliassime advances at Lyon Open

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

LYON, France - Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Lyon Open.

He beat Spain's Pablo Llamas Ruiz 7-5, 6-2 to move on at the outdoor clay court event.

Auger-Aliassime is the top-ranked player at the ATP Tour stop and will play unseeded Arthur Fils of France on Thursday.

The Canadian had six aces to Llamas Ruiz's two, and won four of seven break points to his opponent's one of four.

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Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

Felix Auger-Aliassime returns a volley against Thiago Monteiro, of Brazil, in the first set of a match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Auger-Aliassime has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Lyon Open. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jim Rassol

Canada grouped with Spain, Poland at BJK Cup

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Canada grouped with Spain, Poland at BJK Cup

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

LONDON - Canada has drawn into a group with Spain and Poland at the upcoming Billie Jean King Cup finals.

The international women's team tennis tournament held its draw on Wednesday. Canada, Spain, and Poland will compete in a round-robin tournament in Seville, Spain, Nov. 7-12.

"This will be the third consecutive year that we are playing in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be back,” said Heidi El Tabakh, Canada's team captain. “Once again, we will be part of a very good group to start the competition, with Poland playing its second final in a row, and Spain, the third-ranked nation, getting the chance to play at home in front of their fans as hosts.

"I'm confident that we have all the firepower necessary to compete with the best nations in the world and we can’t wait to get on court to prove it."

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Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

Canada's Leylah Fernandez celebrates after she and Gabriela Dabrowski defeated Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and Greet Minnen during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers doubles match, in Vancouver, on Saturday, April 15, 2023.
Canada has drawn into a group with Spain and Poland at the upcoming Billie Jean King Cup.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Zhao eliminated from French Open qualifying

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Zhao eliminated from French Open qualifying

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

PARIS - Canada's Carol Zhao was eliminated from the women's French Open qualifying tournament with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Czechia's Sara Bejlek on Wednesday.

Bejlek won 73 per cent of first service points and 67 per cent of points on second serve.

Zhao managed to win just 56 per cent of first service points and 55 per cent on second serve.

Bejlek faces just two break points, and saved one. She broke Zhao four times on six chances.

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Wednesday, May. 24, 2023

Canada's Carol Zhao serves a ball to Russia's Daria Kaasatkina during their group A Billie Jean King Cup finals tennis match in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Zhao was eliminated from the women's French Open qualifying tournament on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Czechia's Sara Bejlek. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Petr David Josek

Shapovalov advances to third round of French Open

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Shapovalov advances to third round of French Open

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Updated: Yesterday at 3:50 PM CDT

PARIS - Canada's Denis Shapovlaov has advanced to the third round at the French Open for the first time with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Italy's Matteo Arnaldi.

To go any further, he'll need to get past world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

"It's going to be a challenge," Shapovalov said of his upcoming match. "It's going to be a tough battle.

"Obviously (Alcaraz is) a great player everywhere, but especially on clay courts. Three out of five (sets) is not going to be easy against him but I'm looking forward to it."

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Canada's Denis Shapovalov plays a shot against Brandon Nakashima of the U.S. during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 29, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Aurelien Morissard

Andreescu advances to third round at French Open

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Andreescu advances to third round at French Open

The Canadian Press 3 minute read Updated: 4:58 PM CDT

PARIS - Bianca Andreescu beckoned the partisan Court 14 crowd for noise as she looked to put the finishing touches on a second-round win over American wild-card Emma Navarro.

With fans chanting her name, Andreescu picked up a fifth break of the match to complete a 6-1, 6-4 victory and advance to the third round of the clay-court Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

"Support was unreal today, thank you," Andreescu tweeted after the match.

The 22-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., who appears to be over the serious ankle injury she sustained at the Miami Open, is playing at Roland Garros with a passion reminiscent of her 2019 U.S. Open victory and rise to No. 4 in the WTA rankings.

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Canada's Bianca Andreescu reacts during her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Emma Navarro of the U.S., at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, June 1, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jean-Francois Badias

Zhao advances in French Open qualifying

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Zhao advances in French Open qualifying

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Tuesday, May. 23, 2023

PARIS - Canada's Carol Zhao advanced to the second round of the French Open women's qualifying tournament with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over Poland's Katarzyna Kawa on Tuesday.

Zhao, from Richmond Hill, Ont., won nine break points on 11 chances in a game where both players had trouble holding serve.

Kawa also had 11 break point opportunities and converted six.

Zhao will next face Sara Bejlek of Czechia. Bejlek is ranked 180th in the world, three spots below Zhao.

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Tuesday, May. 23, 2023

Carol Zhao, of Canada, returns the ball during a match against Amanda Anisimova, of the USA, at the National Bank Open tennis tournament in Toronto, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Zhao advanced to the second round of the French Open women's qualifying tournament with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over Poland's Katarzyna Kawa on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Fernandez through to second round at Morocco

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Fernandez through to second round at Morocco

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Tuesday, May. 23, 2023

RABAT, Morocco - Canada's Leylah Fernandez advanced to the second round of the Morocco Open tennis tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Angela Fita Boluda on Tuesday.

Fernandez, from Laval, Que., won 76.3 per cent of service points, compared to 64.9 per cent for Fita Boluda.

The Canadian also converted four of her eight breakpoint chances, though she gave two of those back as she was only able to defend one of the three break points she faced.

Fernandez will next face American Peyton Stearns in the round of 16 of the clay-court event.

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Tuesday, May. 23, 2023

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez returns to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers singles match, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 14, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fernandez loses in semifinal in Madrid

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Fernandez loses in semifinal in Madrid

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Saturday, May. 20, 2023

MADRID - Canada's Leylah Fernandez lost in straight sets to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-2, 7-5, in the W100 Madrid Open semifinal on Saturday.

Fernandez was successful on just 55 per cent of her first serves, hitting seven double faults, and won only 50 per cent of her first-serve points.

Sorribes Tormo won six break points in the match.

The 26-year-old advances to take on Serbia's Olga Danilović in the ITF tournament's final on Sunday.

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Saturday, May. 20, 2023

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez returns to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers singles match, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 14, 2023. Fernandez lost in straight sets to Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-2, 7-5, in the W100 Madrid Open semifinal on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Simona Halep faces 2nd doping charge over biological passport; had failed drug test at US Open

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Simona Halep faces 2nd doping charge over biological passport; had failed drug test at US Open

Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press 3 minute read Friday, May. 19, 2023

Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has been accused of a second doping offense by the International Tennis Integrity Agency for irregularities in her Athlete Biological Passport.

The charge announced Friday “is separate and in addition to” the provisional suspension Halep received last year after failing a drug test during the U.S. Open in August, the ITIA said.

Halep is a 31-year-old from Romania who reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings in 2017. She won Wimbledon in 2019, beating 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the final, a year after winning the French Open.

The ITIA said the new charge “was based on an assessment” of Halep’s biological passport profile by an expert panel. Such passports provide a baseline reading of substances in an athlete's body and are considered a way to help chart doping.

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Friday, May. 19, 2023

FILE - Romania's Simona Halep reacts as she plays Amanda Anisimova, of the United States, in a women's singles quarterfinal match on the tenth day of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, July 6, 2022. Two-time Grand Slam champion Halep has been accused of a second doping offense by the International Tennis Integrity Agency for irregularities in her Athlete Biological Passport. The charge announced Friday, May 19, 2023, “is separate and in addition to” the provisional suspension Halep received last year after failing a drug test during the U.S. Open in August, the ITIA said. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Bouchard retires from Firenze Open quarterfinal

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Bouchard retires from Firenze Open quarterfinal

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Friday, May. 19, 2023

FLORENCE, Italy - Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard is out of the Firenze Ladies Open after she retired from her quarterfinal match against Italy's Sara Errani.

Bouchard, took three medical timeouts during the match before retiring with Errani leading 6-3, 1-0.

The reason for Bouchard's decision not to continue was not immediately clear, but the 29-year-old from Westmount, Que., has been beset by injuries over the last couple of years.

Bouchard returned from a 17-month layoff recovering from right shoulder surgery at the Odlum Brown VanOpen last August before suffering an undisclosed injury in a doubles match a month later.

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Friday, May. 19, 2023

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard hits a return to Sara Sorribes Tormo, of Spain, during the women's final in the Abierto of Zapopan tennis tournament in Zapopan, Mexico, Saturday, March 13, 2021. Bouchard is out of the Firenze Ladies Open after she retired from her quarterfinal match against Italy's Sara Errani. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Refugio Ruiz

Rafael Nadal to miss French Open with hip injury, expects 2024 to be last year of tennis career

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Rafael Nadal to miss French Open with hip injury, expects 2024 to be last year of tennis career

Joseph Wilson And Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press 2 minute read Thursday, May. 18, 2023

Rafael Nadal announced Thursday that he is pulling out of the French Open because of a lingering hip injury that has sidelined him since January and that he expects 2024 to be the final season of his career.

The owner of a record 14 championships at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament will miss it for the first time since making his debut there in 2005.

Nadal, who turns 37 next month, delivered the news of his withdrawal — and future plans — during a news conference at his tennis academy in Manacor, Spain. He said he does not want to set a date for his return to the tennis tour, but expects it to take months.

And then, the 22-time Grand Slam champion added: "You never know how things will turn out, but my intention is that next year will be my last year.”

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Thursday, May. 18, 2023

FILE - Spain's Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy after winning the final match against Norway's Casper Ruud in three sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, June 5, 2022. Rafael Nadal will hold a news conference at his tennis academy in Spain on Thursday, May 18, 2023, amid media reports that he is going to miss the French Open for the first time since he won the first of his record 14 titles there on his debut in 2005. Nadal has been sidelined by an injured left hip flexor since January, when he lost in the second round of the Australian Open. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Three Canadians bounced from Italian Open

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Three Canadians bounced from Italian Open

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Friday, May. 12, 2023

ROME - Canadian tennis hopes took a tumble at the Italian Open on Friday as Felix Auger-Aliassime, Gabriela Dabrowski, and Bianca Andreescu were all eliminated, marking a disappointing day for the Maple Leaf contingent.

Montreal's Auger-Aliassime was ousted after dropping a second-round match 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin.

Auger-Aliassime had a bye in the first round of the clay-court event, while Popyrin defeated his compatriot Christopher O'Connell after coming through the qualifying rounds.

Popyrin, ranked 77th in the world, continued his momentum by upsetting No. 10 Auger-Aliassime in an exhausting three hour 17-minute battle.

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Friday, May. 12, 2023

Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, returns to Pedro Martinez, of Spain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Saturday, March 11, 2023, in Indian Wells, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark J. Terrill

Fernandez eliminated from Italian Open

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Fernandez eliminated from Italian Open

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Tuesday, May. 9, 2023

ROME - Canada's Leylah Fernandez has been eliminated from the Italian Open tennis tournament after a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in first-round action on Tuesday.

Fernandez, who entered the WTA 1000 clay-court tournament ranked 50th in the world, struggled with accuracy on serve. She committed eight double-faults to Sasnovich's three and landed just 49 per cent of her first-serve attempts.

Both players lost serve five times, with Fernandez defending just four break points and Sasnovich defending seven.

Fernandez, from Laval, Que., fell to 11-10 in singles competition this year.

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Tuesday, May. 9, 2023

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez returns to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers singles match, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 14, 2023. Fernandez has been eliminated from the Italian Open tennis tournament after a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in first-round action on Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Mental health resources back at National Bank Open

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Mental health resources back at National Bank Open

John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Monday, May. 8, 2023

Valérie Tétreault stepped away from competitive tennis when she was just 23 in part because she was struggling with her mental health.

Now that she's the tournament director for the National Bank Open, Canada's national championship, she is improving mental health supports for the country's tennis players.

Tennis Canada has recommitted to its Mental Timeout program for a second year, now with the support of Beneva, the largest mutual insurance company in the country. Tétreault said that part of her motivation to promote better mental health for tennis players was based on her own experience.

"Tennis is a pretty tough sport, and it can be a lonely sport, depending on your ranking and what's your financial situation," said Tétreault, who last played competitively in 2011. "I was a player who was ranked around No. 100, which meant that I couldn't necessarily afford to travel with a big team so most of the time I would travel by myself and that's not necessarily for everyone, especially when you're on the road for several weeks in a row."

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Monday, May. 8, 2023

Serena Williams, of the USA, left, serves against Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, during the National Bank Open tennis tournament in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. Tennis Canada has recommitted to its Mental Timeout program for a second year, now with the support of Beneva, the largest mutual insurance company in the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Fernandez, Townsend fall in Madrid semifinals

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Fernandez, Townsend fall in Madrid semifinals

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Friday, May. 5, 2023

MADRID - Canada's Leylah Fernandez missed out on her third women's doubles final of the season when she and American partner Taylor Townsend fell 6-4, 0-6, 10-6 to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia on Friday at the Madrid Open.

Fernandez, of Laval, Que., and Townsend got off to a quick start with a break in the opening game.

Azaranka and Haddad Maia would come back to score four breaks on seven chances in taking the first set.

Fernandez and Townsend posted a 6-0 set for the second straight match in a dominant second frame. The North Americans broke their opponents three times on six chances while saving both break points they faced.

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Friday, May. 5, 2023

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez returns to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers singles match in Vancouver on Friday, April 14, 2023. Fernandez missed out on her third women's doubles final of the season when she and American partner Taylor Townsend fell 6-4, 0-6, 10-6 to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Brazil's Beartiz Haddad Maia on Friday at the Madrid Open. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fernandez through to doubles semifinals in Madrid

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Fernandez through to doubles semifinals in Madrid

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 3, 2023

MADRID - Canada's Leylah Fernandez and American partner Taylor Townsend advanced to the women's doubles semifinals at the Madrid Open with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) win over Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei and Czechia's Barbora Srtycova on Wednesday.

Fernandez, of Laval, Que., and Townsend racked up three breaks on six chances and won 63.2 per cent of return points in a dominant first set.

The North American pair overcame serving issues in the second set — they had five double-faults and were accurate on just 50 per cent of first serves — to claim the tiebreak and wrap up the match in one hour 17 minutes.

Fernandez, who entered the tournament with a career-high WTA doubles ranking of 38, is looking to win her first doubles title on the tour.

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Wednesday, May. 3, 2023

Canada's Leylah Fernandez returns to Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer during a Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers singles match, in Vancouver, on Friday, April 14, 2023. F ernandez and American partner Taylor Townsend advanced to the women's doubles semifinals at the Madrid Open with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) win over Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei and Czechia's Barbora Srtycova on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadians eliminated in doubles quarters at Madrid

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Canadians eliminated in doubles quarters at Madrid

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Tuesday, May. 2, 2023

MADRID - Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov were eliminated from doubles competition in quarterfinal action Tuesday at the Madrid Open.

Ottawa's Dabrowski and Brazilian partner Luisa Stefani, who were seeded sixth in women's doubles competition in Madrid, fell 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 to the top-seeded American duo of Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff.

The Americans had 13 break point chances, converting two, and defended two of the three break chances they faced in a match that took one hour 20 minutes to complete.

Later Tuesday, Montreal's Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., were defeated 4-6, 6-2, 12-10 by fourth seeds Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands.

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Tuesday, May. 2, 2023

Felix Auger Aliassime, of Canada, returns a volley against Thiago Monteiro, of Brazil, in the first set of a match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Canadians Auger-Aliassime, Gabriela Dabrowski and Denis Shapovalov were eliminated from doubles competition in quarterfinal action Tuesday at the Madrid Open.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jim Rassol

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