Canada has produced some of the most well-known tennis stars in the Open Era. However, until 2019, no tennis player from that country had won a singles Grand Slam. That changed in US Open 2019 when the teen sensation Bianca Andreescu won her 1st slam. She beat the 23 time Grand Slam holder Serena Williams to lift the 1st singles Slam for her Country. In this article, we take a look at 3 Canadian tennis players who are putting their country truly on the tennis map.
Bianca Andreescu: Canadian Tennis Players
The current world number 6 is one of the most talented WTA young tennis stars on the tour currently. She became the first-ever tennis player from Canada to win a Grand Slam in the singles category. Andreescu did it the hard way by beating the 6 time US Open champion Serena Williams in the 2019 edition final. Despite health issues, she had a great season last year with a Grand Slam victory along with 2 Premier tournaments of Indian Wells and Roger’s Cup.
Andreescu has been one of the best Canadian tennis players on the tour currently. Her strong baseline game, powerful shots and great defense makes the 19-year-old very solid on the court. She is the first player, male or female, born in the 2000s to raise a Grand Slam trophy. With her precocious talent, the teen protégé is set not become not only one of the finest Canadian tennis players but also among the great tennis stars of the future. Bianca, however, needs to address the frequent injury concerns which are keeping her out of the game for regular intervals.
The 21-year-old is another among the barrage of highly talented Canadian tennis players with a bright future. Shapavalov now is a regular feature of the top 20 and is currently ranked as world number 16. He announced himself truly to the tour in 2017 with greats wins over famous tennis stars like Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro. Shapovalov has been progressing step by step in big tournaments also. Last year he won his first singles title at the Stockholm Open.
He also reached the finals of Paris Open in 2019, becoming one of the youngest players to do so. Denis has been closing in on the top 10. In January this year, he achieved the career-best ranking of world number 13. The left-handed player with a powerful serve, great one-handed backhand has the potential to be ranked among the most successful tennis stars in the future.
Felix Auger Alliassime
The current world number 20 completes the triumvirate of highly talented Canadian tennis players on the tour. Felix has become one of the tennis stars to watch out since 2019. The 19-year-old has already reached the final of 5 ATP singles tournaments. This makes him the 2nd most successful player in that category, next only to the great Rafael Nadal.
Felix also reached the semifinals of the Miami Masters in 2019. Aliassime helped his home nation to reach the finals of the Davis Cup IN 2019. He is expected to become one of the male Canadian tennis players to lift the Grand Slam title and perhaps also become world number 1 in the coming years.