Tennis Tuesday with eight Canadians in action
The Rogers Cup is underway in earnest at Toronto and Montreal and on Tuesday there will be plenty of Canadians in action.
The day’s top billing in Montreal is Eugenie Bouchard, who will play in her hometown against American Shelby Rogers. Bouchard – ranked eighth in the world – is the fifth seed and had a first round bye as provided to the top eight seeds.
Rogers had to play a qualifier to get in to the main draw, where she beat Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to meet Bouchard in the second round.
Other Canadians seeing action in Montreal Tuesday are Stephanie Dubois in a singles and Gabriela Dabrowski in a doubles match.
Dubois faces Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and Dabrowski with Israeli partner Shahar Pe’er is in doubles against Andrea Petkovic (Germany) and Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia).
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Dabrowski is coming off her first career WTA doubles title at the Citi Open where she played with Japan’s Shuko Aoyama.
In Toronto five Canadians will see the court on Tuesday, the first of which is a rematch from a recent encounter.
On Saturday, Vasek Pospisil beat French opponent Richard Gasquet in the semifinals of the Citi Open to create the first-ever all-Canadian ATP final against Milos Raonic. Gasquet will be looking to make amends Tuesday while Pospisil will have the crowd fully behind him in the first round affair.
Pospisil and Gasquet will then meet again in doubles with the Canadian teaming up with his partner Jack Sock (USA) and the Frenchman inviting his compatriot Jo-Wilfied Tsonga.
Also pulling double duty on Tuesday is Frank Dancevic. He will play a singles match against American Donald Young in the morning before joining fellow Canuck Adil Shamasdin in doubles to face Marin Cilic (Croatia) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico).
In singles only Brayden Schnur faces Andreas Seppi of Italy and Peter Polansky’s reward for winning his first round match over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, is a date with the great Roger Federer at Centre Court.