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Monday Digest: Five Canadians Competing in Indian Wells

Felix Auger-Aliassime walks out onto court. He is one of five Canadians competing in Indian Wells this year.

Watching the Canadians contend in Indian Wells today can work as a little bit of a March psychological trip for tennis fans. Not just do they get to see some fantastic tennis at the BNP Paribas Open, however they can delight in the views of Tennis Paradise at the very same time. 

Part among the Sunshine Double starts today with among the greatest occasions on the 2024 calendar. Here’s what you require to understand. 

In Case You Missed It: Strong Start for Stakusic 

Marina Stakusic made her long-awaited season launching recently at the WTA 500 occasion in San Diego, her very first competition given that her Billie Jean King Cup breakout last fall. 

The young weapon amazed in her very first occasion of 2024, winning a set of certifying matches and after that scoring her very first match win at the WTA 500 level over Marina Melnikova in 3 sets. 

Her run concerned an end in a hard-fought second-round match versus No. 7 seed Donna Vekic in 3 sets. 

Leylah Annie Fernandez retired in her first-round match at the very same occasion with a shoulder injury, however she does not appear most likely to miss out on whenever. 

Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, and Rebecca Marino completed in trip occasions recently however all lost in the preliminary. 

What to Watch: Canadians in Tennis Paradise 

All eyes will be on the Coachella Valley and Tennis Paradise for the very first combined 1000-level occasion of the season beginning today in Indian Wells. 

Five Canadians are anticipated to be completing in Indian Wells: Félix Auger-Aliassime, Gabriela Dabrowski, Leylah Annie Fernandez, Milos Raonic, and Denis Shapovalov. 

The draw has actually not yet been launched for the primary draws, which get underway on Wednesday. Fernandez and Auger-Aliassime will both be seeded in songs. Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe will be the 2nd seeds in the ladies’s doubles.  

It is the very first ATP Masters 1000 occasion of the year and the 3rd WTA 1000 competition. 

Under the Radar: Shaw Gets on the Board 

Rob Shaw kept Canada’s title streak alive on the ITF trip recently by getting his very first title of 2024 at the Georgia Open wheelchair occasion. 

Shaw and partner Heath Davidson got a little bit of vengeance in the quad doubles last where they beat Andy Lapthorne and Gregory Slade of Great Britain 6-3, 3-6, 10-5. Lapthorne had actually knocked Davidson and Shaw out in the Australian Open semifinals with partner David Wagner.  

It is the 24th ITF doubles title for Shaw in his profession. He won 4 titles each of the last 2 years.  

Photo : Rob Shaw

The triumph needs to likewise assist his quote to get approved for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris this summertime. He presently sits ninth in the ITF quad rankings, which would suffice to clinch an area in Paris. 

Read likewise: Everything You Need to Know About Paris 2024

There was a Canadian winner on the junior trip also, with 16-year-old Zachary Plante winning the songs title at the J30 occasion in Addis Ababa. It’s the very first ITF junior title of Pante’s profession. 

Canadians Andrea Taylor and Finn Muller likewise reached finals at ITF junior occasions, however were both beat. But in doubles, Taylor and fellow Canadian Anastasia Malysheva won the title at the J60 in Gjovik, Norway. 

Liam Draxl had his finest efficiency of the year up until now at an M25 occasion in Tucuman, Argentina, reaching the semifinals. 

Read likewise: Tennis Canada focuses on psychological health and health by revealing pioneering Mental Health Strategy

Professional tennis lands in Canada today with the very first complete ITF competition of the year on Canadian soil happening in Brossard, Quebec. It is the very first edition of the brand-new W15 occasion and will include a big contingent from the host country. 

Three Canadians, led by Ana Grubor, got direct entry to the songs primary draw, with a more 16 completing in certifying. 

There are great deals of Canadians completing in ITF occasions all over the world today. 

You can follow the Canadians in action weekly here.  


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