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Tennis Canada – Andreescu and Polansky into the final round of qualifications
Montreal, May 24, 2018 – The stage is set for the 2018 edition of Roland-Garros as two Canadians are set to take part in the main draw, Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC).
In the opening round, Shapovalov, the tournament’s 24th seed thanks to his career high ranking of no. 26, will take on 28-year-old John Millman of Australia, who is currently ranked no. 58. This will be the first encounter between the two players. If he wins his first two matches, Shapovalov will cross paths with the American Jack Sock in the third round and Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the following round. Last year, Shapovalov fell in the first round of qualifications. Since the start of the clay court season, he has put together a record of six wins and four losses, notably reaching the semi-finals at the Madrid Masters.
Pospisil, who is currently ranked word no. 88, will take on Marton Fucsovics of Hungary (no. 60). The two players will face-off against each other for the first time. The Vancouver native is on a hot streak after having reached two consecutive finals on the ATP Challenger Tour in South Korea. In his sixth appearance, Pospisil will try to reach the second round for the first time at Roland-Garros. A victory would see him face the winner of the match between Kyle Edmund of Great Britain and Alex De Minaur of Australia.
Two other Canadians are hoping to secure their spot in the main draw. Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) and Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) have both reached the final round of qualifications. After having eliminated the top seed in the qualifying draw, Vera Lapko of Belarus, Andreescu continued on her successful streak by eliminating Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Tomorrow, she will take on Richèl Hogenkamp of the Netherlands in her attempt to book her spot into the main draw at Roland-Garros for the very first time in her young career. For his part, Polansky, the 14th seed in the qualifying draw, defeated the Serbian Pedja Krstin 6-2, 6-4 in the second round after pulling out a win against Norbert Gombos of Slovakia on Tuesday. He will face another Slovakian player, Jozek Kovalik, in the final round of qualifications. The 29-year-old Ontario native lost in the first round of the Roland-Garros main draw in 2009 and 2014.
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, 8 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 15 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. 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 Web site at: and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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