July 7, 2019
Whisper it softly, but Canada could soon have her first Wimbledon singles champion.
We believe 2022 really could be a very special year for Canadian tennis fans at the Championships.
Tantalisingly close on two recent occasions, it seems the long wait for glory could almost be over.
One of the great sensations of Wimbledon 2021 was Denis Shapovalov. His electric run took him all the way to the semi-final. Shapovalov later confided he really felt he could have taken the crown. Time is on the side of the 2016 Wimbledon Junior champion. And 2022 should see him return even stronger and potentially ready for men’s singles glory!
The same can be said of another brilliant young Canadian star, Felix Auger Aliassime. He reached the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals and was only edged out by eventual finalist Matteo Berrettini. Felix will get even better and push harder to make his dreams come true!
Canadians have already made showpiece finals in recent years. Milos Raonic reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 and Eugenie Bouchard did the same in 2014. They both came so close to the ultimate dream.
But Bianca Andreescu’s US Open triumph in 2019 gave Canadian tennis fans their first Grand Slam singles champion.
Andreescu has the winning habit when her body allows. She will surely win Wimbledon sooner or later. Wimbledon 2022 could easily be Bianca’s time to shine. And don’t forget that Toronto-born Emma Raducanu certainly captured a lot of hearts in 2021 with her storming run!
And yet she isn’t the only exciting young force to take our sport by storm. Whatever Canada is doing to develop young players, they seem to be doing it right!
Canada’s finest are thrilling the world with their spectacular stroke-play and fearless tennis. Wimbledon tennis fans simply can’t get enough of this new generation.
And let’s not forget that Raonic and his big-serving, deceptively versatile game is always a massive threat to opponents on the grass at Wimbledon. Milos is still in his prime and could come strong again. So could Bouchard.
Truly, there has never been a better time for Canadian fans to buy tickets for the Championships.
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