July 31, 2018
Whisper it softly, but there is a love affair going on between the Canadians and Wimbledon.
You can feel it in the air. The Canadians are good enough to achieve the big Wimbledon singles breakthrough in 2019. In a sense it has already happened.
Milos Raonic reached the Wimbledon final in 2016 – and Eugenie Bouchard achieved that same feat in 2014. They both came so close to the ultimate dream of Wimbledon glory.
On their day, either could mount a fresh challenge and take that final step to secure the biggest title of them all.
Now Denis Shapovalov is being hailed as one of the big new stars of tennis, capable of winning Grand Slams for Canada and the next generation.
No doubt he will be inspired by hearing that he is one of Roger Federer’s favorite young players. And of course by what Raonic has done at Wimbledon over the years.
Big Milos managed to defeat the great Federer in an epic semi-final at the 2016 Championships. He showed that anything is possible.
In 2017, he showed sparkling form once more, but this time Federer took revenge to progress from their quarter-final.
Why shouldn’t Shapovalov think he has the quality to win Wimbledon some time soon, even if it means taking down Federer too?
He has already won the Junior Wimbledon title, back in 2016. And he clearly loved the limelight when presented with the trophy in the Royal Box on Centre Court.
Now he can dare to dream that the men’s singles title will be his too, before very long.
Bouchard is so unpredictable that she always thrills one way or another. She is still young, she can still come again.
Sooner or later, everything will click into place again for fun-loving “Genie” and she will become a red-hot contender once more.
Could there be Canadian winners of both the men’s and women’s Wimbledon singles titles in the same year? It’s not impossible. Just imagine it!
In the doubles, Canadian glory is already a reality. Daniel Nestor won the Wimbledon men’s doubles in 2008 and 2009 and the mixed doubles in 2013.
And when Shapovalov came from behind to beat Australia’s Alex De Minaur 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in that memorable 2016 Juniors final, we all knew we were watching a true Wimbledon champion in the making.
This Wimbledon could be a historic year for Canada.
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