Canada, We Have Ourselves a Wimbledon Finalist

Canada, We Have Ourselves a Wimbledon FinalistI've been watching tennis grand slam events forever. As a young man, you'd have thought I was German the way I cheered on Boris Becker and Steffi Graf. After all, Canadians were never a threat.

Here's something I wrote in July of 2009 about Canada's male singles tennis failure. We had produced a few decent female players, and at least a couple of excellent doubles players, but not one male player who could even upset their way into a semifinal match. The highest ranking Canadian male in singles play was Andrew Sznajder who somehow got ranked #46 in September 1989.

Today, Canada's Eugenie Bouchard defeated Simona Halep in the Wimbledon semifinal and will play Petra Kvitova for the title. That's amazing. A Canadian might win a Wimbledon singles event.

Meanwhile, Milos Raonic has reached the semifinal and will play Roger Federer tomorrow. Before I had a true rooting interest, Federer was my guy.

With Bouchard and Raonic, tennis has become a whole lot more fun for this canuck.


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dale

I'm not a tennis fanatic, but when Canada has top players playing in a grand slam I will watch their games when I can.

Bouchard at 20 years old is like a veteran with her pressers & Roanic much the same. Both have made Canada proud with their accomplishments so far & the next step is the ultimate goal.

Gotta loves these Kids, regardless if they win or lose they made Canada proud.

July 3, 2014 @ 3:24 PM

Yes

This girl can't be for real. She has tremendous poise, determination, grit, & talent. & she is only 20 & a Canadian tennis player? Can't be true.

At least TSN can talk about something other than HOCKEY!!!!

Milos is not the same Milos from Seinfeld. Our Milos can actually play.

July 3, 2014 @ 5:45 PM

James Edgar

Wow I had missed the news. That's awesome and I'm not a fan of tennis.Bouchard has really come on fast.

Lets hope Roanic follows her into the history books !

July 4, 2014 @ 9:17 AM

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