How Canadians fit into tennis’ big year-end events


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Three key tournaments stay within the 2022 tennis season, and Canada has an entry in every of them. Here’s your information:

1. Billie Jean King Cup Finals

Formerly often known as the Fed Cup, the Billie Jean King Cup is the highest worldwide group occasion in ladies’s tennis (equal to the lads’s Davis Cup). Canada certified for the 12-team Finals again in April by sweeping Latvia 4-0 in a sequence performed in Vancouver.

The Finals started as we speak in Scotland, the place the groups are break up into 4 teams of three. In Group A, sixth-ranked Canada will face No. 12 Italy on Thursday and No. 5 Switzerland on Friday. The 4 group winners advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The last goes Sunday. Each matchup is a best-of-three: two singles matches adopted by a doubles that decides it if crucial.

Canada’s three finest singles gamers — Leylah Fernandez (ranked fortieth on this planet), Bianca Andreescu (forty fifth) and Rebecca Marino (sixty fourth) — are all on the Finals together with Gabriela Dabrowski, who’s ranked seventh in doubles. The different group member is Carol Zhao, who partnered with Dabrowski in doubles throughout the qualifying win over Latvia. Switzerland’s finest participant is Belinda Bencic, ranked twelfth in singles. Italy’s is Martina Trevisan, ranked twenty eighth in singles.

The solely participant within the group to qualify for this 12 months’s WTA Finals was Dabrowksi, who together with Mexican teammate Giuliana Olmos was eradicated within the group stage of the doubles draw final week. Neither participant in final night time’s WTA Finals singles title match made it to the Billie Jean King Cup Finals. Winner Caroline Garcia missed France’s qualifying loss to Italy, whereas Aryna Sabalenka’s Belarus was kicked out over the invasion of Ukraine, together with defending champion Russia.

2. ATP Finals

Felix Auger-Aliassime’s unbelievable profitable streak ended at 16 matches Saturday when he misplaced to unseeded Danish teenager Holger Rune within the semifinals of the Paris Masters, denying the 22-year-old Canadian a shot at capturing his fourth consecutive match. Rune went on to upset Novak Djokovic within the last, however Felix achieved one thing in Paris that Rune didn’t: qualify for subsequent week’s ATP Finals in Italy.

Also incomes spots within the eight-man match had been Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev. Taylor Fritz joined the sphere after world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz withdrew on account of an belly harm suffered on the Paris Masters. A draw will resolve how the gamers are grouped for the round-robin stage. There’s additionally an eight-team doubles match that no Canadians certified for.

The Finals begin Sunday and conclude per week later. The singles winner may clear as much as $4.7 million US, relying on what number of matches he wins within the group stage.

WATCH l Auger-Aliassime collects Third-straight ATP title with Swiss Indoor title:

Auger-Aliassime stays scorching sizzling with Swiss Indoors title win

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime collected his third-straight ATP title after defeating Holger Rune in straight units on Sunday in Basel.

3. Davis Cup Finals knockout rounds

The self-branded “World Cup of tennis” involves a conclusion Nov. 22-27 in Spain. Auger-Aliassime helped Canada earn a spot within the eight-team elimination stage by upsetting Alcaraz in singles after which teaming with Vasek Pospisil for a doubles win that gave Canada a key victory over favoured Spain within the earlier spherical. The Spaniards nonetheless gained the group, however Canada positioned second to advance to the quarter-finals, the place it can face Germany on Nov. 24.

Auger-Aliassime (now ranked a career-high sixth on this planet in singles), Denis Shapovalov (seventeenth) and Pospisil (118th) are anticipated to as soon as once more do the heavy lifting for Canada after serving to the nation to a runner-up end (its finest ever) in 2019. Alexis Galarneau (222nd) and Gabriel Diallo (248th) had been additionally named to the Canadian group.


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