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Tennis Canada – Auger-Aliassime falls in the second round 

Gatineau, March 2, 2017 – Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) and Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC) were trying to join their compatriot Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) in the quarter-finals at the tenth edition of the Gatineau Futures presented by the Turpin Group, National Bank Financial on Thursday. Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the tournament, which offers $25,000 U.S. in prize money, will be played until March 5 at the Sporthèque in Hull.

Peliwo was the first of the two to take to Centre Court against Laurent Lokoli of France, seeded third in the tournament. On the strength of 3 breaks of serve, the Canadian scored the upset 6-4, 6-4 over the no. 290 ranked player in the world. Peliwo will face Frenchman Hugo Nys in Friday’s quarter-finals. Currently ranked no. 518 in the world, Peliwo reached a career best ranking of no. 223 in 2014. He is seeking his fifth career pro singles title and his third on Canadian soil.  

For his part, Auger-Aliassime was unable to join his compatriots in the final eight. The 16-year-old fell 6-4, 6-1 to American Eric Quigley in 66 minutes. One break of serve by Quigley made the difference in the opening set and Auger-Aliassime was unable to regroup, dropping the first four games of the second set en route to a straight sets loss. Quigley will meet Austrian Maximillian Neuchrist in the quarter-finals.

The Gatineau Futures presented by the Turpin Group, National Bank Financial is the first of three consecutive tournaments being played throughout Quebec in the months of February and March. The Gatineau event will be followed by the Sherbrooke Futures and the Drummondville National Bank Challenger.

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Information :
Valérie Tétreault
Tennis Canada