For Genie Bouchard, today is almost like Groundhog Day. Finally back at her home base in Miami for the first time since before the US Open more than three months ago, Bouchard should shortly begin preparations for a new season that will be the most important one in her still-young career. As she does, it’s very much like déjà vu all over again in the Bouchard universe.
Two exhausted tennis players meet at the net after a draining semi-final at the ATP Tour Finals. After a three-hour, 38-minute epic that eclipsed the previous marathon record at the ATP Tour Finals by some 18 minutes, Raonic went down to the man who has been on the other side of the net for most of his disappointing losses this season – hometown favourite Andy Murray. The 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9) Murray victory was a physical crusher for the winner, and an emotional crusher for the loser.
Raonic gives a thumbs up to the crowd after defeating Dominic Thiem 7-6, 6-3 in their round-robin match at the ATP Tour Finals Thursday in London. As Milos Raonic accurately put it after it was over, Thursday’s match between the 25-year-old Canadian and 22-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem at the ATP Tour finals in London was more than just a regular round-robin match.
Had he been able to win his semi-final at the Paris Masters against Andy Murray, MIlos Raonic would have moved up to No. 3 in the ATP Tour rankings. But he couldn't answer the bell.
There was plenty of positive in Bouchard's 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic Monday in Luxembourg. But not enough of it as the Canadian's 2016 season ends.
It was the first time Vasek Pospisil had put together three consecutive wins all season. Make that four as he defeats an in-form Grigor Dimitrov to get to the third round of the Shanghai Masters.
A victory Saturday at the Beijing Open would have pushed Milos Raonic to No. 4 in the world, and guaranteed his qualification for the ATP Tour Finals. Instead, he defaults because of an ankle sprain.
After a long appeals process, Maria Sharapova's ban for her positive test for meldonium ends up being 15 months. When she returns to the WTA Tour in April she'll be a much-needed add.
The 73-year-old Senator, television analyst, motivation speaker and 1993 Stanley Cup-winning coach hadn't been seen since an April stroke. His appearance at the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame inductions Wednesday resulted in an outpouring of love.
The tennis legend wonders how an actor can portray him when he's never even met him and, most crucially for a tennis movie, whether the actors can even fake a good game on the court.
Raonic served for the match twice, and led 5-1 in the second-set tiebreak – only to lose in three sets to 34-year-old Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open.
After sweeping Chile 5-0 last weekend to remain in the 16-nation World Group for 2017, Canada learned the identity of its first-round opponent in 2017 Thursday.
The top Canadian's struggles on court at last week's tournament in Quebec City were visible to all. And now she has decided to take a break and skip the WTA Tour's Asian swing.
The opponent wasn't a top-flight one, so Vasek Pospisil, Adil Shamasdin and Frank Dancevic managed to beat Chile without Milos Raonic. But his absence, given his history, was the big elephant in the arena.
Both Frank Dancevic and Vasek Pospisil dropped a nervous set, but both prevailed against lower-ranked opponents to put Canada in a near-insurmountable 2-0 lead against Chile in Halifax.
The 6-2, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Alla Kudryavtseva, ranked No. 162, was clearly not about tennis as a visibly panicked Bouchard tumbles out of the WTA Tour stop in Quebec City in the second round.
The Brown University graduate and doubles specialist is set to play doubles with Vasek Pospisil on Saturday, as Canada faces Chile in a Davis Cup playoff tie in Halifax.
The 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mandy Minella wasn't pretty, but the draw at the Coupe Banque Nationale has opened wide; Bouchard is the only seeded player remaining.
The tennis-playing sisters, as well as gold-medal gymnast Simone Biles and basketball player Elena Delle Donne, had their private, personal records leaked when the group hacked the World Anti-Doping Association's website
US Open junior boys champion Félix Auger-Aliassime made it safely home to Montreal on Monday – with most of his gear. But not all of it.
There was a bloody sock, there were momentum swings and there were two drained, exhausted tennis stars by the end of the US Open final.
The final match turned out to be the easiest of all of them for Auger-Aliassime, who makes it 2-for-2 for Canada in the last two junior Grand Slams after Denis Shapovalov won at Wimbledon.