For the past 4 years, Canadian tennis players have reached the semi-finals, finals or Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
It should be added that the most prominent tournament in Canada is the Canadian Masters or Rogers Cup, a tournament that attracts many excellent racers around the world. For men, the Canadian Masters are classified as an ATP Masters 1000 event and for women, the tournament is considered the 5th WTA Grand Slam.
Every year, the venues are switched between Montreal and Toronto. If one year the men’s tournament is held in Toronto, then Montreal will host an event for girls. The following year, the order was reversed.
Overall, tennis in Canada will take a long time to catch up with more popular sports like ice hockey and lacrosse. Of course, saying that does not mean that tennis players like Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic were not noticed when reaching the final at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2016.
Grant Connell is the great pride of Canadian tennis in the world, in the doubles category
Then Bianca Andreescu appeared and became the first Canadian racket to win a Grand Slam title in the singles after she beat Serena Williams in the US Open final over the weekend.
Before Andreescu and many other generations, Mike Belkin was considered the best tennis player in Canada for 5 years from 1966 to 1972. Belkin’s best performance at the Grand Slam was at the Australian Open 1968, he reached the quarterfinals, before losing to top seed William Bowrey.
Unlike Belkin, Grant Connell is one of the best doubles rackets in the world, having held the No. 1 position in November 1993. In 11 years of his career, Connell won 22 doubles titles, reaching at least semi-finals in all four Grand Slams, including runner-up at the Australian Open 1990, Wimbledon 1993, 1994, 1996.
Until recently, Canadian tennis had Vasek Pospisil excelling in doubles. At Wimbledon 2015, Pospisil reached the quarterfinals in the singles, but in the doubles, he won 6 ATP titles, including Wimbledon in 2014 with his friend Jack Sock.
However, the first Canadian female player to win a Grand Slam title was Gabriela Dabrowski when she won the French Open 2017 in doubles with Rohan Bopanna. This year, Dabrowski got the second Grand Slam title when he won the Australian Open with Croatia’s Mate Pavic. Also in the men’s tournament is Sebastien Lareau when he won the US Open 1999 with Alex O ‘Brien in the doubles.
The last Canadian to be mentioned is Daniel Nestor, the doubles specialist with 91 titles in his career. Among these are 8 titles Grand Slam doubles men, 4 titles Grand Slam doubles men and women.