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Monday Digest: Canada Starts 2024 at United Cup

With one among, if not THE, shortest offseasons in skilled sports activities, tennis followers by no means have to attend lengthy to see their favourites again on court docket.

The 2024 season is formally underway, with the primary balls really being struck on the finish of 2023, and the Canadians have already got their eyes on the prize.

Here is what it is advisable to know.

What to Watch: Canada Eyes Another Title

After successful the ATP Cup and Davis Cup in 2022 and Billie Jean King Cup in 2023, Canada will look to win a group title for the third yr in a row this week because the nation makes its debut on the United Cup.

Leylah Annie Fernandez and Steven Diez already received Canada off to a successful begin, defeating Chile of their first group-stage match on Sunday. They face Greece, that includes Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, of their second tie with an opportunity to win Sydney Group B and advance to the quarter-finals, though the most effective runner-up within the group stage additionally advances.

The Canadian squad consists of Fernandez, Diez, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Stacey Fung, and Adil Shamasdin. It is the primary look for Canada on the United Cup after lacking the inaugural version in 2022. 18 groups total are competing.

In Case You Missed It: Slow Starts

Just a few Canadians competed of their first occasions of the season within the first week of the yr, some even taking part in matches earlier than the calendar flipped.

Carol Zhao was the lone Canadian competing in a fundamental tour occasion apart from the United Cup. She misplaced within the first spherical of qualifying on the WTA 250 occasion in Auckland, New Zealand, to Himeno Sakatsume.

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Rebecca Marino and Katherine Sebov each certified for the primary draw of the WTA 125 occasion in Canberra, Australia, however misplaced within the first spherical to Erika Andreeva and second seed Nao Hibino respectively.

Under the Radar: Diallo Off and Running

Gabriel Diallo is a participant to observe in 2024 after making large progress final yr.

The 22-year-old from Montreal is competing on the ATP Challenger occasion in Canberra this week and gained his opening match in opposition to Juan Manuel Cerundolo in a three-set comeback. He faces qualifier Rudolf Molleker within the second spherical.

On the ITF circuit, Carson Branstine will look to hold her robust end in 2023 into the brand new yr as she competes at a W35 occasion in Arcadia, California.

You can observe the Canadians in motion each week right here. 


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