Tennis Talk – December 2019

History was made once again for Canadian tennis in 2019, but this time a new bar was set by our men’s team. Canada’s Davis Cup squad fell to Rafael Nadal and the Spanish team in the Davis Cup Final – the furthest our country has gone in the international competition – with a depleted roster.

Vancouver’s own Vasek Pospisil and teammate Denis Shapovalov carried our nation to new heights in a grueling new format, reaching the finals for the first time in history in unprecedented fashion. The two were exhausted. An injury kept Felix Auger-Aliassime and Milos Raonic out of action, so Pospisil and Shapovalov averaged two matches a day to take down the United States, Australia, Russia and Italy all by themselves. What a week!

In other news, Bianca Andreescu added another accomplishment to her own historic year by unanimously winning the 2019 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year. Andreescu is the first tennis player to earn the award, as voted on by a panel of sports journalists from across the country. Congratulations Bianca!

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Canadian tennis in 2020!

By Aneesa Heatherington