Victoria Duval wins Tevlin Challenger in Toronto


(November 3, 2013) TORONTONo. 7-seeded American Victoria Duval was crowned champion of the 2013 Tevlin Challenger on Sunday after her opponent in the final, top-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary, was forced to retire due to respiratory illness at the start of the second set to give Duval the 7-5 ret. victory at the $50K ITF Pro Circuit event at Rexall Centre in Toronto.

Babos advanced into the final despite struggling with illness all week, and though it was evident versus Duval she was not feeling well, the 20-year-old kept the match close. Duval started strongly, breaking to start the contest before Babos evened up it up after six games to make it 3-3. Babos took a medical timeout after falling behind again 5-4, with the pair then exchanging breaks before Duval was able to serve out the first set. Babos then went down 0-30 on her serve to start the second set before being unable to continue.

The win gives Duval her first career professional singles title and a sweep of the 2013 Tevlin Challenger trophies, as the 17-year-old also clinched her first pro-level doubles title on Friday alongside Canadian partner Francoise Abanda (Montreal).

“It feels great,” Duval said of capturing her first pro crown. “Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish the match the way I wanted to but it was a really good experience. It was a great week here starting with the doubles. I had a really good time, so hopefully if I don’t come back it means I’m on to bigger and better things.”

Duval, currently ranked world No. 198, defeated three higher-ranked players en route to the trophy, world No. 113 Mandy Minella of Luxembourg in the quarter-finals, No. 141 Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic in the semifinals, and No. 95 Babos in the championship match.

“I think mentally is how this week has helped me the most,” Duval said. “Starting from the first round I’ve had to really struggle with tough matches so I think this is definitely a confidence booster for me.”

Taking place at the Centre of Excellence at Rexall Centre in Toronto, the Tevlin Challenger has been running for nine years. Duval now joins an impressive list of past champions that includes 2012 winner Eugenie Bouchard, who is now ranked world No. 32, Aleksandra Wozniak, Heather Watson, and Sabine Lisicki.


Former Canadian Tennis Player Rene Simpson Dies


(October 17, 2013) Tennis Canada announced the death of former player, coach and Fed Cup captain, Rene Simpson. Simpson passed away Thursday in Chicago after a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 47 years old.

She also served as Canada’s Fed Cup captain from 2001 to 2009. As a pro, Simpson reached a career-high of No. 70 in April 1989 and advanced to the third round of Roland Garros that same year. In doubles, she was ranked as high as No. 32 in the world, won three titles and was a US Open quarter-finalist. Simpson was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.

“We are extremely saddened and carry a heavy heart by the news of Rene’s passing,” said Hatem McDadi, vice-president, tennis development, Tennis Canada. “We have lost a very dear friend and member of our tennis family. Rene will be remembered for her courage, patriotic spirit, warmth and loyalty to friends and family. She has been an inspiration and a role model to friends, family and our current generation of female tennis players. Rene is dearly loved and will be missed. We extend our deepest condolences to Rene’s family and friends including her husband Jason Collins, her parents Burt and Jane and her sisters Carol and Anne. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Tennis Canada will honor Simpson during the upcoming Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first-round tie between Canada and visiting nation Serbia to be held February 8-9, 2014.

Memorial services will be held in both Chicago and Toronto.  Donations in honor of Rene Simpson can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Levine To Play For Canada

Jesse Levine (Photo by Erik Gudris)

Jesse Levine (Photo by Erik Gudris)

(December 19, 2012)  Tennis Canada has announced that 25-year-old Jesse Levine, currently ranked No. 104 on the ATP World Tour has decided to represent his birth country and play for Canada on tour.

“We are pleased that Jesse has decided to play for Canada,” said Tennis Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Downey. “We believe he can strengthen our Davis Cup team and add depth to our roster when he is eligible to play.”

Levine was born in Ottawa and spent the first 13 years of his life in Canada before moving to the United States.



Federer withdraws from Rogers Cup

Tennis Canada announced on Friday that world No. 1 Roger Federer has withdrawn from Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto.

“I am very disappointed that I have to withdraw from Toronto as I love the city and the Canadian fans are amazing. I have always enjoyed playing there but after a long stretch of tournaments, I will need some time to recover,” said Federer. “I look forward to coming back to Canada next year.”

Due to Federer’s withdrawal, Canada’s Milos Raonic now moves into the No. 16 seed position and will receive a first-round bye. The draw to determine first-round match-ups will take place on Saturday.

An updated player list for Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto is below:

2.  MURRAY, Andy GBR
3.  TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA
4.  BERDYCH, Tomas CZE
6.  DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG
7.   MONACO, Juan ARG
8.  ISNER, John USA
9.  SIMON, Gilles FRA
10. CILIC, Marin CRO
11.  FISH, Mardy USA
14.  GASQUET, Richard FRA
15.  MAYER, Florian GER
16.  RAONIC, Milos CAN
17.  DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR
18.   STEPANEK, Radek CZE
20.  SEPPI, Andreas ITA
21.  LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
22.   TROICKI, Viktor SRB
23.   YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
24.  BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
26.   HAAS, Tommy GER
27.  MELZER, Jurgen AUT
28.  ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP
29.  BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG
31.  BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
32.   CHARDY, Jeremy FRA
33.   TOMIC, Bernard AUS
34.   LACKO, Lukas SVK
36.  YOUNG, Donald USA
37.  KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ
38.  LU, Yen-Hsun TPE

Nadal Withdraws from Rogers Cup

Tennis Canada announced Thursday that world No. 3 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto due to injury.

“Coming to Toronto is always one of the highlights of my season so I’m very disappointed that I can’t play there this year,” said Nadal. “I was planning on coming to Toronto and did everything I could to be ready but I still need some more time to recover.”

This will be the first time since his debut appearance in 2004 that Nadal will miss the Canadian Masters 1000 event. He also withdrew from the Olympic Tennis event in London last week.

“Rafa is one of the fan favourites here and has always been a great supporter of our tournament,” said Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale. “We’re obviously disappointed that he won’t be in Toronto this year but we wish him a speedy recovery so he can return to the Tour as soon as possible.”

Additional main draw withdrawals as of Thursday are David Ferrer (Spain), Gael Monfils (France) and Fernando Verdasco (Spain).

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto will take place from August 4-12 at the Rexall Centre. For tickets and more information visit www.rogerscup.com.


Dancevic, Polansky, Pospisil given Wild Cards into Toronto

Tennis Canada announced Thursday the men’s wildcards into the singles draw of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto. Canadians Frank Dancevic, Peter Polansky, and Vasek Pospisil have received entry into the main draw of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

They join world No. 23 Milos Raonic , whose ranking gave him an automatic entry into the tournament, to make a total of four Canadians in the singles main draw. They could later be joined by other Canadians as well, as four of the country’s competitors will take part in the qualifying tournament.

Dancevic, 27, was enjoying great results in 2012 before a back injury interrupted his momentum earlier this season. He captured the $125K Dallas Challenger in March as a qualifier, defeating world No. 24 Marin Cilic en route, and also reached the final of the $50K Tallahassee event. The 2007 Rogers Cup quarter-finalist will be making his 10th appearance at Canada’s Masters 1000 event.

Polansky, 24, is coming into Rogers Cup at his career-high ranking of No. 155 in the world, which he accomplished in part due to an appearance in his first Challenger final at the $35K Panama City tournament just a couple weeks ago. The last time he played in Toronto in 2010, Polansky advanced into the second round following an opening victory over world No. 15 Jurgen Melzer.

Pospisil, 22, will be returning to Canada to compete in Rogers Cup after making his first Olympic Games appearance this week in London. He hit his career-high world ranking of No. 85 last Monday after winning the $50K Granby Challenger in Quebec. He secured his first ATP World Tour main draw victory at Rogers Cup last year, when he beat world No. 22 Juan Ignacio Chela in the first round.

The wildcards also have been decided for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank qualifying tournament, which takes place August 4-5 at Rexall Centre in Toronto. Erik Chvojka, Steven Diez, Pierre-Ludovic Duclos and Filip Peliwo were given places into the qualifying draw and will battle for one of six spots in the main draw. Chvojka and Duclos have each previously made one main draw appearance at Rogers Cup, while both Diez and Peliwo have yet to play in the tournament’s main draw.

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will take place from August 4-12 at Rexall Centre in Toronto. Tickets are available for purchase at rogerscup.com.


Courier, Hingis, and Main to be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame

Tennis Canada announced Wednesday that Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, and Lorne Main will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame during the 2012 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in recognition of their contribution to Canada’s premier tennis tournament.

Courier and Hingis will be inducted on Centre Court in Montreal during Legends Night on Monday, August 6 where they will also participate along with Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova in an exhibition match. Main will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame in Toronto during a special evening ceremony on semifinal Saturday, August 11.

Courier won 23 ATP singles titles, including four Grand Slam crowns during a professional career that spanned 12 years. In addition to being ranked No. 1 for 58 weeks, the American is one of only a handful of players to have reached the final of all four Majors and is the last player to have completed the Australian Open/Roland-Garros double, a feat he accomplished in 1992. His last deep run at a Grand Slam came in 1995 when he reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open. At the Rogers Cup, Courier twice reached the semifinals, in 1991 and 1994, and he won the 1993 doubles title with Mark Knowles. Today, Courier is a television analyst, the mastermind behind the popular Champions Tour, and captain of the United States Davis Cup team. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.

As for Hingis, she was a prolific performer in Canada, not to mention the fact that she was always a fan favourite. The “Swiss Miss” is one of six players to win consecutive titles at the Rogers Cup (1999 and 2000) and one of three players to win the singles and doubles title the same year. At the Australian Open in 1997, at 16 years, 3 months and 28 days, Hingis became the youngest player in history to capture a Grand Slam singles title, the first of five she would win during her illustrious career. In fact, Hingis was virtually invincible in 1997, winning 37 consecutive matches, six straight tournaments and three of the four Majors that year. While her peers were all about one-dimensional power tennis, Hingis utilized an all-court-game and every shot in the book to map out a Hall of Fame career.

Main is aCanadian tennis legend. He captured the doubles title at the Rogers Cup—then known as the Canadian Open—in both 1951 and 1954 and was a singles finalist in 1949. He captured his sole ATP title at the Monte Carlo Open in 1954. Now, at the age of 82, the Vancouver native is the most decorated seniors tennis player in history. Main has been ranked No. 1 in the world in every seniors tennis age group from the over-50 to over-80 categories. He has also won a total of 39 world championships (13 singles, 13 doubles, and 13 team titles). In June, Main was presented with the first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Seniors Tennis at the ITF World Champions Dinner.

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will be held from August 4-12 at Rexall Centre in Toronto and from August 4-13 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. For tickets or more information visit www.rogerscup.com.


Sampras versus Raonic in “The Face-Off” Exhibition in November



Pete Sampras will play Milos Raonic in an exhibition called “The Face-Off” presented by SAP at the Air Canada Centre, Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7 p.m.


Raonic  will be joined by WTA star Aleksandra Wozniak and the No. 4 ranked junior in the world Eugénie Bouchard.


“Playing in front of my hometown against my hero growing up is a dream come true,” said Raonic, Canada’s highest ranked male singles player ever.  “I’m also really excited about playing the first ever tennis event at the Air Canada Centre with Pete, Aleks, and Eugénie and I know tennis fans in Toronto and surrounding provinces will pack the arena to see how I match up with one of the best of all time”.

“I am looking forward to playing in Canada once again,” said Sampras. “I have great memories playing in the tournaments in Toronto and Montreal during my professional career and playing against Milos will certainly bring out that same competitive fire.  I am anxious to show Milos and the fans that I can still play with the best at the highest level”.

“SAP has a proud and longstanding relationship with tennis and we are excited to extend this to be the presenting partner of The Face-Off event,” said Mark Aboud – Managing Director, SAP Canada.  We are thrilled to support Milos, an SAP Ambassador, through all stages of his career and see tremendous value in bringing this unique family event to the community”.

The format for the evening is scheduled to consist of three parts: 1) Mixed Doubles –Sampras, Raonic, Wozniak and Bouchard join local celebrities, athletes and/or prominent members of the community in a fan-friendly doubles competition. 2) Women’s Singles – Wozniak vs. Bouchard, a competitive singles match showcasing Canadian women’s tennis. 3) Men’s Singles–Sampras vs. Raonic, Hero vs. Prodigy; one of the greatest tennis players of all-time takes on one of the game’s rising stars.

The evening will be emceed by Wayne Bryan, father of the Bryan Brothers.


ATP Montreal – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Montreal, Canada  (-4 hours GMT)
8-14 August, 2011     Surface: Hard


Singles – Semi-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [13] J Tsonga (FRA) 64 30 Retired (right arm)
[6] M Fish (USA) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d T Berdych (CZE) / F Mayer (GER) 62 61
[4] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) 63 64


CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [4] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] M Fish (USA)


ATP Montreal – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Montreal, Canada  (-4 hours GMT)
8-14 August, 2011     Surface: Hard


Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [5] G Monfils (FRA) 62 61
[6] M Fish (USA) d [14] S Wawrinka (SUI) 63 67(8) 60
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [7] T Berdych (CZE) 64 64
[13] J Tsonga (FRA) d [8] N Almagro (ESP) 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [5] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 33 Retired – (Bopanna ankle)
[2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d J Tsonga (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 75 76(5)
[4] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [7] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 36 63 11-9
T Berdych (CZE) / F Mayer (GER) d A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 64 64

CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Berdych (CZE) / F Mayer (GER)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[6] M Fish (USA) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[4] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [13] J Tsonga (FRA)