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Patrick McEnroe and Thomas Enqvist join Laver Cup as vice captains

American Patrick McEnroe and Sweden’s Thomas Enqvist have been named vice captains of the Laver Cup teams when the competition gets underway in Prague on September 22.

Patrick McEnroe will join Team World, under the direction of his older brother John McEnroe, while Enqvist will support the campaign of Team Europe, captained by Björn Borg.


Second ATP Challenger Tour Title for Auger-Aliassime

After winning his first ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year at the age of 16 years, 10 months, Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC) captured his second Challenger crown on Saturday at the 64 000 € Seville Challenger in Spain.

Auger-Aliassime, who was playing his third tournament since returning from a left wrist injury, fought back to defeat Spaniard Inigo Cervantes 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 in the final. The 17-year-old erased a 6-7(4), 0-3 deficit, winning 9 straight games and he never looked back. He becomes the third player in history to win multiple Challenger titles by the age of 17, joining Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet in this exclusive club. 


Dabrowski, Dodin and Wozniak will play on opening night in Quebec City

Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Aleksandra Wozniak, as well as Océane Dodin of France will launch the festivities on opening night Monday at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA.

Wozniak, who will be playing for the 13th time in Quebec City, will face fifth-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko, ranked no. 64 in the world, in her first round match. Wozniak, who celebrated her 30th birthday a few days ago, has twice reached the semifinals of the National Bank Cup, in 2008 and 2009. This will be the fourth career meeting between the two players with Wozniak winning two of the three previous matches.


Las Vegas Favorite Nicole Gibbs Expected To Be Top-Seeded At Red Rock Pro Open

A little more than a week after taking the WTA World Tour No. 1 ranked player to three sets at the US Open, Nicole Gibbs will hit the Red Rock Country Club courts competing as the top-seeded player in the ninth annual Red Rock Pro Open Sept. 10-17.

A Las Vegas fan-favorite just two years ago when she advanced to the Red Rock Pro Open semifinals, Gibbsy – as she’s affectionately known on Tour – fell to No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-3 in the third set, on Thursday in the second round of the year’s final Grand Slam.


Bouchard lands Rodina in US Open first round, Pospisil gets Verdasco

The singles draws are set for the 2017 US Open and it will feature two Canadians, Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC). Four Canadians could possibly join Bouchard and Pospisil, as Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON), Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) and Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) are playing in the final round of qualifications on Friday.

Bouchard will open against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, who is currently ranked no. 83 in the world. The 23-year-old’s best result at the tournament was reaching the fourth round in both 2014 and 2015. The Canadian, currently ranked world no. 74, is coming into the US Open after reaching the second round at the WTA Premier event in New Haven. She could potentially face the tournament’s fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the second round. Other notable players in her quarter of the draw include French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and defending US Open champion Angelique Kerber.


Laver Cup: Kyrgios to add firepower to Team World

World No.18 Nick Kyrgios has stepped in for the Laver Cup’s Team World, replacing Milos Raonic who has withdrawn from the tournament. Renowned for his power, precision and explosive serve, Kyrgios joins John Isner, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Juan Martin del Potro and Denis Shapovalov.

Captain John McEnroe is delighted to welcome the Australian to his big-hitting team.  


Arina Rodionova to make US Open debut after winning wildcard play-off

Victoria’s Arina Rodionova has secured a US Open main draw wildcard after winning a play-off in New Haven, Connecticut this morning. The world No.134 and top seed at the eight-player Australian tournament, beat second seed Lizette Cabrera (Qld) in the final 7-6(5) 6-1.

Rodionova, who qualified for Wimbledon, will now play her second Grand Slam main draw in a row and her sixth overall; this will be her first time in the singles main draw at Flushing Meadows. 


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