DABROWSKI, DODIN AND WOZNIAK WILL PLAY ON OPENING NIGHT IN QUEBEC CITY; ABANDA, ANDREESCU AND SAFAROVA WILL PLAY TUESDAY
Tennis Canada – Quebec City, September 10, 2017 — Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Aleksandra Wozniak, as well as Océane Dodin of France will launch the festivities on opening night Monday at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA.
Wozniak, who will be playing for the 13th time in Quebec City, will face fifth-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko, ranked no. 64 in the world, in her first round match. Wozniak, who celebrated her 30th birthday a few days ago, has twice reached the semifinals of the National Bank Cup, in 2008 and 2009. This will be the fourth career meeting between the two players with Wozniak winning two of the three previous matches.
Dodin, who will be defending the title she won last year in Quebec City, will also play Monday night against Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski, who qualified for the main draw on Sunday. Since capturing her first WTA title here in 2016, Dodin has continued to climb the rankings and currently sits at no. 46. She is seeded second in the tournament. The organizing committee will use opening night to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Canadians Françoise Abanda and Bianca Andreescu, as well as top-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova will play Tuesday night. Andreescu will kick things off at 5 p.m. against American Jennifer Brady who just reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open. The 17-year-old Canadian has won both of their previous meetings. Safarova, ranked no. 37 in the world, will face American Anna Tatishvili at 7 p.m. The Czech is returning to Quebec City after being crowned champion in 2013. Abanda, who is the no. 2 ranked Canadian at no. 117 on the WTA rankings, will close out the evening against American Asia Muhammad.
About the National Bank Cup presented by IGA
The National Bank Cup presented by Mazda is a WTA International Series event administered by Tennis Canada. The tournament is celebrating its 25th anniversary from September 9-17, 2017 at PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec. The National Bank Cup presented by IGA is the third biggest tournament in Canada after the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal and Toronto. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.CoupeBanqueNationale.ca.
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 10 professional ITF- sanctioned events and financially supports 12 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates national junior training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada, please visit our website at www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Media Contacts (Montreal) :
Regional Manager, Communications and Media Relations
email@example.com or 514-273-1515 ext. 6259
Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-273-1515 ext. 6291