Sebov, Marino, Peliwo, Schnur and Dancevic will join their compatriots in the main draw
Tennis Canada – Montreal, June 27, 2018 – Tennis Canada announced Wednesday the list of players who will participate in the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger. The tournament features a mixed draw, with the men competing in the $75,000 Challenger event and the women in the $25,000 ITF Challenger event. The tournament will be played at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club from July 7-15, 2018.
Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON), Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC), Brayden Schnur (Pickering, ON) and Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) will be competing in the men’s main draw. Polansky, last year’s finalist, has had a good start to the 2018 season, qualifying for the main draws in the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the year and on the verge of breaking into the Top 100 for the first time in his career. Schnur has also been getting some good results, notably on the Challenger tour where he reached two semi-finals and one final since the start of the year. Peliwo and Dancevic, ranked world no. 184 and 308 respectively, will round out the Canadian contingent in the main draw. Peliwo is coming off a stellar 2017 season where he captured seven singles titles, including his first career Challenger title. For his part, Dancevic was appointed captain of the Canadian Davis Cup team earlier this year. The former world no. 65 (2007), has been a mainstay on the Canadian circuit, having won a total of eight singles titles on home soil.
On the international front, fans might recognize the names of a quite a few players, including Marcel Granollers of Spain who reached a career high singles ranking of no. 19 in 2012. He has won a total of four singles titles and 13 doubles titles on the professional circuit, including the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals, playing alongside compatriot Marc Lopez.
The Winnipeg National Bank Challenger is the first of three mixed draw Challenger tournaments in Canada held during the month of July. The tournament will be followed by events in Gatineau and Granby.