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  1. Sunday at the Memphis open it was the 2nd and final round of qualifying matches. With 4 matches and 8 players fighting for 4 spots in the draw it was a great day of tennis on a rainy day in Memphis. The day of action started off with a shock as Benjamin Becker pulled out of his match vs Tim Smyczek with a neck injury. Peter Polansky was the 2nd player qualified for the main draw as he cruised past Matthew Barton 6-2, 6-1. After the match the Canadian was happy with the result “ it feels good to qualify for the 1st time this year after qualifying last year in Indian Wells happy to be in the main draw playing on these courts looking forward to my next match’. In other action Matthew Ebden got past local boy Brian Baker 6-2,6-4 and Darian King went through after Tatsuma Ito retired in the second set. King was up 6-1, 3-0 when Ito pulled out of the match. Main draw action begins on Monday with some great matches to get the tournament rolling as Kevin Anderson looks to start 2017 on a high as he faces Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia. Day 1 of main draw also features 3 Americans as Donald Young plays Adrian Mannarino of France and we have the all American battle between Reilly Opelka and Jared Donaldson. Stay tuned for more recaps and updates from the city of Rock and Roll.
  2. MEMPHIS, February 12, 2017 (by Elias Laradi) Peter Polansky of Canada, the top seed in the qualifying of the Memphis Open, got his tournament started on Saturday with a solid straightforward win over Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-3, 6-3. It was a tight match for the first six games, then Polansky took the advantage after facing a break point, and then had chances of his own to break in the next game and took it to lead 4-3. He cruised from there to take the first set 6-3. The second set was mostly dominated by the Canadian hitting crazy passing shots frustrating his Indian opponent. Polansky broke in the fifth game and from there it was one-way traffic. After the match Polansky was happy with his first encounter. “It was a tricky match playing a doubles player, a lefty pretty crafty came out swinging. It’s a good first round in qualifying to get through and looking forward to my next match tomorrow,” the 28-year-old Canadian told. In other action, Tommy Paul lost to Matthew Barton in a tight third set battle 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 in what was the match of the day. Benjamin Becker, who is playing his seventh Memphis tournament, got through Nikola Mektic 6-3, 6-3. Becker was happy with his first win of 2017. “It’s good to get the win. I didn’t play a lot this year trying to get my rhythm back, old habits today was a little better and a good step in the right direction,” Becker told Tennis TourTalk after his match. The German veteran opened his season with a loss in the first round of the qualifying to the Australian Open and also fell in the opening round of the ATP Challenger in Dallas last week. Becker will next play Tim Smyczek, who beat fellow US-American and doubles player Scott Lipsky playing a rare singles matches, but couldn’t keep up final score 6-2, 6-3. Another US-American fell out of the tournament when Denis Kudla lost to Matthew Ebden in another three set match 7-6, 1-6, 6-1. Ebden was relieved to get through his match. “Dennis and I, we played a lot of matches especially in some finals. It was another tough match for both him and me, as we are good friends,” Kudla said. Brian Baker, another US-American who was coming back from an injury plagued season, got past Elias Ymer of Sweden 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes. Baker was happy to be back in Memphis “It’s great to be back. Any chance you get to play a pro match in the state of Tennessee is a win. I have been struggling with injuries but I am getting better with each win. It is always good to get a quality win over a good opponent,” Baker was pleased. Darian King of Barbados beat University of Memphis student Andrew Watson 6-2, 6-3 andTatsuma Ito of Japan defeated Ireland James McGee 4-6, 7-6, 6-1. The final round of qualifying takes place on Sunday with the field cut in half its down to the final eight with only four spots in the main draw.
  3. Memphis Open Preview This week on the ATP Tour we turn our attention to the Memphis Open at the Racquet club of Memphis. This ATP 250 is a great tournament for players who are looking to turn there season around if they had a bad start to 2017. The tournament main draw is stacked with talent and its shaping out to be a great tournament and week in Memphis. Ivo Karlovic is the top seed this week after having an impressive 2016 where he literally worked his way from the bottom and shot his way up the rankings to be in the top 20. There is a lot of American content with 9 Americans in the draw. The top seeded American is John Isner who is reeling off a 2nd round upset to Mischa Zverev in the Australian Open. The draw was made last night and we already have some amazing matchups. We have an all American matchup in the 1st round of Jared Donaldson vs Reily Opelka. Jared who is starting to make his name on the World Tour could have a chance at going far if he is able to get past his 7ft compatriot. Qualies begin today with 4 spots in the main draw up for grabs
  4. On day 3 of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie between Canada and Great Britain the Brits were looking to close the deal up 2-1 after the doubles win. Canada was looking to advance to the quarterfinals and it would take 2 wins to get there. The first match of the reverse singles was between Canada Vasek Pospisil and Britain Daniel Evans. Great Britain got the better start to the match when Evans got an early break in the 1stset to lead 2-1. Vasek made a comeback and got the break back to get the set back on serve at 3-3. The set would eventually be decided by a tiebreaker which Vasek got the advantage and got the break to lead 4-2 in the break and Canada won the breaker 7-3. The thought of a comeback looked probable as Vasek continued his good play into the 2nd set and it was his turn to get the early break to lead 2-1. Evans would reply in breaking back in the next game to level it back at 2-2. Canada and Great Britain would continue trading breaks but Vasek looked the better of the 2 players and took the set 6-4. Canada continued its dominant play into the 3rd set when once again it got another break and Vasek would go up 3-1. Then Evans picked up his game and won 5 straight games to take the 3rd 6-3. Evans got another break early in the 4th set but Canada would reply to get it back on serve at 3-3. Once again we headed to another tiebreaker where Vasek once again was the better player and he finally took the breaker 7-5 and with that the match final score 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 and the tie was level at 2-2 and the tie would be decided by a 5th rubber. The 5th rubber would be between Denis Shapovalov and Kyle Edmund. Once again inexperienced showed in Shapovalov game who was only playing his 3rd Davis cup rubber. Edmund would get an early break and would serve for the 1st set at 5-3. He would take the set 6-3. Almost the same story for the 2nd set as Shapovalov kept making crazy shots that turned into a lot of unforced errors. Once again Edmund got the break at right time at 5-4 and would take the 2nd 6-4. The 3rd set was a complete disaster for Canada. After getting broken in the 3rdgame Shapovalov hit the ball in frustration and anger and somehow hit the umpire Arnaud Gabas in the face with the ball. Canada was disqualified and lost the tie as Great Britain will now play France and a shocking ending to a weekend. “I would just like to begin with apologizing to the referee, and to all ITF officials,” 17-year-old Shapovalov said in his official statement following the match. “I went back and spoke to the referee after and apologized right to him. Luckily he was okay, but obviously it was unacceptable behaviour from me and to be honest I feel just incredibly ashamed and embarrassed. I just feel awful for letting my team down, letting my country down, for acting in a way that I would never want to act. I can promise that it’s the last time I will do anything like that. I’ve learned from this and am going to try and move past it. I was very lucky the referee was okay, but this is unacceptable for me.” Canadian Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau stood behind his selection and gave his thoughts on the sudden turn of events. “It was just a lesson that he will take from this and move forward,” he said. “He’s a kid as you see, he wants to face the music, and he’s not going to shy away. He’s got some great talent and it’s just the beginning of his career. He’ll draw a big lesson from this. It’s a tough sport; you can’t compete if you don’t have emotional control and this lesson could serve him for the rest of his career, but there’s a lot of things you can take from this. Hopefully he’s able to move forward stronger from this.” Canada, ranked No. 12, will compete in the World Group play-offs slated for September 15-17, 2017 in order to try and maintain their position in the upper echelon of Davis Cup play.
  5. Inglot And Murray Win Doubles To Give Great Britain The Lead In Ottawa Great Britain takes a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup with a win in the doubles. The British duo ofDominic Inglot and Jamie Murray overcame Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor. The first set was a tight affair as both teams were holding serve fairly comfortably. The 1st break point opportunity came for Great Britain at 3-4 but Canada was able to save it. The next chance was for Canada as they actually had a set point at 5-6 but Great Britain saved it to force a 1st set tie breaker. It was a totally one-sided tiebreaker as Great Britain dominated and jumped out to a 4-1 lead. They would go on to take the set. Canada got off to a great start in the second set breaking the Brits in the first game. They held the one break lead till 4-3 when Britain had 3 chances to get the break back and go back on serve and they converted and the match was tied 4-4. Once again the match ended up in the tiebreaker but this time the Canadians jumped out to a 3-0 lead and would go on to win the breaker 6-3 to even the match at one set a piece. The third set was super tight as both teams played well to hold their serves. At 4 all in the set Great Britain had a break opportunity but Canada saved both break points and once again we ended up in another tiebreaker. Once again it was the Brits who got the advantage when Vasek Pospisil doubled faulted on the 1st point and Great Britain took advantage of it to take a 4-0 lead. Once again another one sided tiebreaker as Great Britain took a 2 sets to 1 lead with 7-3 tiebreak win. Into the fourth set and Great Britain was looking to finish Canada off. They got the opportunity and broke to lead 4-2 in the set. From there they finished off the match with a flourish to take a 2-1 lead in the tie with a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win. “It was a 50-50 match going into it. We knew it would be close, because everyone knows how to play doubles. So we’re pleased to give the guys two bites at the cherry tomorrow. I think we did a great job. We stayed strong in important tie-breaks. Tight margins,” Murray told. Sunday is the crucial reverse singles and Great Britain needs one more win to clinch the tie. “Everybody wants to be 2-1 after Saturday but all in all we need to stick with the process,” Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau said. “We’re still alive going into tomorrow and we’re just preparing for one match at a time. We will evaluate and regenerate everyone the best we can tonight and then re-evaluate where everybody stands tomorrow and just take care of that match and prepare the best we can prepare. We’ll just take it one match at a time. ”
  6. OTTAWA, February 4, 2017 The Canadian Davis Cup team sits tied with Great Britain 1-1 following the opening day of action at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie at TD Place in Ottawa. Great Britain’s top player, Daniel Evans, secured the first victory of the day on Friday, defeating Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 before Canada’s No. 1 player,Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), overcame Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3). World No. 45 Evans unhinged Shapovalov in one hour and 50 minutes, breaking the 17-year-old Canadian four times in the three-setter to give Great Britain the early lead. While Shapovalov flaunted his powerful serve, firing 13 aces to Evans’ three, young nerves seemed to have contributed to his 39 unforced errors on the scoresheet. “Just [Evans’] confidence alone, those points at deuce, those break points. He knows he’s got them, he knows what to do,” Shapovalov said in the post-match press conference. “I think I played the right way, my strategy was right. I felt like I was right there with him. It was very close and I had my chances but he played the big points better. That’s tennis, I’ve got to move on from it.” But Shapovalov has shifted his focus to the matches ahead, and kept the bigger picture in perspective. “I’m playing for my country first of all, and myself second so I’m going to give it all I have every single match I play, so that was that. The match is over and I did everything I could. Now I’m getting ready for Sunday.” In the second match of the day, Pospisil turned things around for Canada. He dominated Great Britain’s No. 2 player Kyle Edmund and closed out the second match of the day in just over two hours. The 22-year-old Brit challenged Pospisil in the third set, forcing a tiebreak, but a strong performance from the Vancouver resident at the net and the support of a roaring crowd helped him capture the win. Pospisil won 86 per cent of first serve points, and didn’t allow Edmund a single break from four opportunities throughout the contest. “I’ve been struggling of late to get some momentum and rhythm in matches and confidence. It’s been a bit frustrating but I’ve been trying to stay patient and I knew that it was going to click at some point. This is a bit of a turning point for me, and Davis Cup is a good platform for me to get some confidence and momentum,” Pospisil said after the match. “I enjoy playing in front of a home crowd, and for my team and country. Whether it’s that’s little bit of adrenaline to get me out of a slump, I don’t know but I’m definitely thrilled with the way I played.” .“This court suits Vasek really well,” said Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau. “It forces him to play a certain way and it exposes his strengths tremendously. I had full confidence in Vasek going in. The set-up is perfect for him – Davis Cup and especially the crowd.” The crowd in question, which was the largest-ever attended Davis Cup day hosted in Canada, clocked in at 6,962 and provided constant energy and support throughout the day’s action. Play picks back up on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET with the doubles match, scheduled to feature Canadians Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Pospisil against Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot. The team captains have until one hour before the match to change their nominations. The tie will conclude on Sunday with the two reverse singles matches, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET. All matches will be best-of-five sets, with the exception of Sunday’s matches if the tie has already been decided.
  7. This past weekend Canada was playing its 1st round in Davis cup world group action. They were drawn to face Great Britain the 2nd ranked country in the world. Canada knew they were in tough against a country that had won Davis cup 2 years prior. “There number 2 in the world for a reason they have the number 1 player in singles and doubles so it will be very tough for us” said Martin Laurendeau the Davis cup captain for Team Canada. Everyone was expecting a matchup between world number 1 Andy Murray and world number 3 Milos Raonic as both pulled out after Roanic reinjured his Adductor muscle at the Australian open and Murray pulled out after being upset by Mischa Zverev in the 3rd round. Canada decided to replace Raonic with Peter Polansky an experienced Davis cup player who had a good start to 2017. The weekend was set Great Britain had selected their team which comprised of Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Jamie Murray, and Dominic Inglot. Canada countered with Vasek Pospisil, Daniel Nestor who was playing his 50th tie, Peter Polansky and new comer 17 year old Dennis Shapavalov. It was Shapavalov 2nd tie after playing the world group playoff vs Chile this past September. The draw was made and that matchups would feature Dennis Shapavalov in the 1st match vs Dan Evans, Vasek Pospisil vs Kyle Edmund and in Doubles Murray and Inglot vs Pospisil and Nestor.
  8. Shamasdin Marray fall to Lipsky Fleming in Stockholm This afternoon the doubles pairing of Canadian Adil Shamasdin and Brit Jonathan Marray lost in the 1st round of the Stockholm Open to the American British pairing of Scott Lipsky and Colin Fleming 3-6 6-1 and 10-5 in the 3rd set match tiebreaker. The Canadian British pair got off to a fast start breaking early in the 1st set. The American British pairing seemed to get off to a slow start as they had issues coordinating balls. They only needed 1 break to win the 1st set 6-4 The 2nd set was a completely different story as Lipsky and Fleming woke up and ran away with the 2nd set 6-1 breaking as often as they could and it was Shamasdin and Marray turn to struggle. The duo made a lot of mistakes especially at the net. The match would be decided on a match tiebreaker where Lipsky and Fleming continued their dominance from the 2nd set and Marray made a lot of mistakes that cost them the match. After the match Adil spoke about the match and his experience in Stockholm. “ It was a tough and tricky match we started well breaking these guys early felt good but then they settled down and we made bad decisions which cost us the match”. He seemed positive throughout the match “ They played better and our level dropped “
  9. Elias  Laradi

    IF Stockholm

    If Stockholm Open Preview This week we are reporting from the If Stockholm Open in Stockholm Sweden. This is the beginning of the indoor season in Europe and with 3 weeks left on the ATP tour the action is heating up with players trying to qualify for the prestigious ATP World Tour Final in London. This week we focus our attention on doubles as Canadian singles players take a week off. Adil Shamasdin has partnered with Jonathan Marray of Great Britain. The team has been drawn in the middle of the draw not being seeded and will begin with there first match against the team of Colin Fleming and Scott Lipsky. The 1st match will be Tuesday afternoon on Court 1.
  10. Winston Salem Open Preview After an amazing tournament at the Rio Olympics we have a reached a point in the US hardcourt season where players are preparing for the Us Open. This week is the Winston Salem open at Wake Forest University. This tournament is a great chance to see some great tennis before the US Open starts next week in Flushing Meadows NY. Most players will be taking the week off to recuperate from the heavy schedule but the field is still pretty strong. For the Canadian content Milos Raonic will not be in action due to his long run at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati but we will see Daniel Nestor in action in the doubles draw. He started the year partnering with Radek Stepanek but has been playing the last couple tournaments with fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Roberto Bautista Agut the latest wild card entry is one of the top seeds and a favorite to win the title. Another popular player is Steve Johnson coming off a bronze medal in Rio in men’s doubles with partner Jack Sock. The newly crowned number 1 American tennis player is having an amazing summer with amazing wins over top players. It’s shaping out to be a great week in South Carolina check back for updates recaps and blogs from the last tournament on the men’s schedule before the final grand slam.
  11. Day 2 blog Davis cup Guadeloupe Canada vs France After a long day in the sun and relaxing night where I spent it working I awoke to day 2. The day started with having breakfast at Canella beach just steps from my room with my good friends from Rogers Sportsnet Arash Madani and Mario Fontana. We were also joined by Tennis writer and ex Montreal Gazette Stephanie Myles who was able to give me some pointers and feedback on my recent work. After breakfast it was time to head to the stadium, which was in Baie Mahault, which was about 20 minutes driving from Le Gossier where all the media and teams were staying. We arrived super early so I had some free time to explore so I ventured over, as there was a shopping mall across the highway from the venue. I hitch hiked over by walking up the highway and crossing at the roundabout. After visiting the mall I went to McDonalds grabbed myself a couple burgers before heading back. I got back to the stadium confirmed with Arash my media source that there were no changes. The 3rd match was a doubles matchup between Phillip Bester, Vasek Pospisil, Richard Gasquet, and Jo Wilfred Tsonga. It was a closely contested matchup but the skill of the French overpowered the Canadians. After the match it was back to the room for another relaxing night and getting some rest for the final day.
  12. Davis cup Day 2 recap On to day 2 and after a disappointing day for Canada on Friday everyone expected for a change in the Canadian line up but it didn’t happen. Martin Laurendeau decided to stick with his doubles team of Phillip Bester and Vasek Pospisil they were up against the powerhouse team of Richard Gasquet and Jo Wilfred Tsonga. France got off to a great start breaking Canada in the 1st game of the match after a poor service game from Bester. Canada had chances to get back into the set at 4-5 and they had 4 break points to try and win the set but some strong serving from the French and those points were squandered. The French team got the match into a tiebreaker to decide the set. It came down to 1 break of serve and France had won the 1st set 7-5 in the breaker. The Canadians didn’t fare any better in the 2nd set as they got broken early and often and the French dominated the 2nd set 6-1. Just like that France was 1 set away from clinching the tie and it would be another early exit for Canada. Vasek took a medical timeout at the beginning of the 3rd set as he had been suffering from the heat, cramps and now apparently the whole team had caught a stomach bug and he seemed sick to his stomach. He continued to play on and Canada got some more chances to get back into the match at 2-3 and once again they had 4 chances to break but the French held on. Once again the match went into another tiebreaker and the French were looking to seal the tie. It was evenly matched until 4-4 when Bester sent a forehand wide and the French had a break. They would hold on to win the breaker and the tie convincingly 3-0 France will face the Czech Republic in July while Canada will have to wait till September to play a world group playoff.
  13. After a day of traveling and much needed rest I awoke to my 1st full day in Guadeloupe and what a day it was. A full day schedule meant an early wake up for me of course not being a morning person. I had been lucky and privileged enough to be friends with a sports journalist covering the event for TV. I had met him at the Rogers cup years ago and we stayed friends a super nice man by the name of Arash Madani. He had offered to take care of my transportation to and from the stadium. His cameraman Mario Fontana who I had met In Belgium earlier in the summer was the driver. I got out of bed quickly changed and went to grab a bite for breakfast luckily for me there were a lot of small restaurants next to my hotel here is Le Gossier Guadeloupe. I found a shop where the man was making fresh Pain au Chocolat so I couldn’t resisit and had one. I made my way to the hotel where they were staying which was only a couple steps away from my hotel. I met up with Mario in the lobby he had breakfast while we caught up and after we were off. 20 minutes later we were at the Velodrome the stadium where the matches were being held. The plan was for me to attend a pep rally hosted by Tennis Canada for all the fans who had traveled to this great event. We all met up at the entrance and we were brought to a special area where we were fed again a buffet. It consisted of Pancakes and French Pastries and we all caught up. They all ended up being employees of Tennis Canada with some other fans from the Supporters Section a travel company that brought Canadian fans to sporting events for Canada. There was also a lot of media frenzy and a bunch of French media outlets including TV and Radio wanted some input on the tie from the Canadian perspective. Unfortunately they only spoke French and I jumped at the occasion to a couple interviews, as I love the camera. After that I decided to get some input from the Tennis Canada employees on the tie. “ This is my 4th tie and it’s a great event I live in Vancouver so its rare that I see everyone from Tennis Canada so that’s what makes this event so fun “said Taira. “ I think its unfortunate that Milos and Danny couldn’t make it but I find it’s a great event and its still a tie we can win if we win 1 point today so we have a chance in doubles Saturday” said Corinne from Toronto. After that it was time for the matches so we ran to our seats to catch the action. Unfortunately as predicted 2 super tough matches went the way of the French as Monfils steam rolled Frank and Vasek suffered from heat and cramping after playing amazing tennis for 30 minutes. 4 hours later both matches were completed and I met up with Arash and Mario for the ride back to the hotel. All in all a great day but not the result Canada wanted all we can wish for now is a miracle to win 3 matches in a row to win the tie looking forward to tommorow.
  14. Well the day had officially arrived after months of analysis speculation and predictions day 1 of the Davis cup tie between France and Canada had come. The draw had pitted Frank Dancevic vs Gael Monfils and Vasek Pospisil vs. Gilles Simon. Yannick Noah opting to keep Tsonga and Gasquest fresh for the doubles on Saturday. The match started with Monfils on serve and he started strong. Immediately we all knew Frank was going to be in a dogfight to win this match. He folded early getting broken in his 2nd service game as Monfils pulled off an amazing passing shot on break point. Gael won the 1st set easily 6-3. Into the 2nd set and we expected a fight back from Dancevic unfortunately it didn’t happen. Monfils increased his level of play and made some more amazing shots and steam rolled Frank 6-1 in the 2nd. In a blink of an eye Canada was down 2 sets to none and things looked bleak for the Canadian side. In the 3rd set the rain clouds came and it looked as if a rain delay was imminent but the chair umpire opted to continue playing saying the surface wasn’t dangerous to play on and the rain was going to stop. It was a good gamble as 5 minutes later the cloud had passed and the sky was clear for the time being. Monfils continued to hurt Frank on every rally and broke at 2-2 to claim a 3-2 lead. There was no coming back for Frank as he continued to hold serve till Monfils broke him again at 5-3 to win the match final score 6-3 6-1 6-3 On to the next match and Canada only hope for a win this weekend Vasek Pospisil vs Gilles Simon. Vasek got off to a great start breaking Simon at love in the 1st game he seemed on fire and was hitting amazing shots. He went on to win the next 4 games to go up 5-0. Then disaster struck once again as things were looking good Vasek appeared out of it barely being able to breath after each rally. Apparently during the week it had been noted that he suffered from cramping and couldn’t handle long exchanges. Simon broke to make it 5-1 and won the next 6 games to win the set 7-5 as the match turned completely on its head. The strong start Vasek had where he was hitting clean winners had become a fatigued player and it was Simon now making all the amazing shots and the Canadian hitting unforced errors one after the other. Unfortunately the match continued in the same fashion in the 2nd set and Simon broke Vasek early to lead 1-0. The match continued on serve till 4-3 when Simon broke again to lead 5-3 and he would serve out the set to take it 6-3. On to the 3rd set and out of nowhere Vasek started fighting back it was a very tight set to start. Both players holding serve not giving each other any room to break and it seemed to make the Canadian fans believe there could be a twist in the match. Once again right when things were about to change Simon played an amazing game at 4-3 and got the final break he needed to seal the match and he served out the match final score is 7-5 6-3 6-3 After day 1 as everyone predicted Canada the underdog down 2-0 Canadians can hope for a miracle to get 3 points out of this superb French lineup. The doubles match is a matchup between Philip Bester Vasek Pospisil Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Richard Gasquet but with Vasek issues today I predict Martin Laurendeau will probably make a switch to replace Vasek with Frank or Adil Shamasdin. Once again in Davis Cup anything can happen.
  15. Elias  Laradi

    Davis Cup Day 1

    Davis cup Day 1 Davis cup is a competition that has taken me across the globe. I started in Vancouver and made my way all the way to Ostend Belgium. This was the trip I was most looking forward to. My 1st official trip as a paid Tennis writer a dream I had been working hard to fulfill. It started off as a crazy morning barely sleeping the night before. Luckily I had packed the night before so it wasn’t as hectic getting dressed, eating breakfast and getting my stuff in order. My flight a 10am departure for Pointe a Pitre and I only arrived for 8 45. Once again I got lucky as the airport was empty it didn’t seem like a place where people were traveling it seemed more like a big empty building. Confusion with the gates and I ended boarding late as Air Canada kept changing the gates. Luckily I was in business class and didn’t have issues. On board I ran into Kelly Murmets the CEO of Tennis Canada as she was also traveling to support her country. 4 and half hours later with 1 hour time difference between Montreal and Guadeloupe I arrived in a rainy jungle as I looked outside my window on the plane. I took my bags headed for the exit the airport had all kinds of signs welcoming the Canadian tourists and Canadian flags were hanging everywhere I looked. I jumped into a cab and headed to my hotel the Karaibes, which was literally a 10-minute walk from where the team was staying. After a quick change into better attire as Montreal was -30 when I left and I had arrived in a humid jungle of 35 degrees literally a 60 degree turn around I decided to take a walk to go retrieve my VIP passes for the weekend. A nice 20-minute walk and I was at this beautiful 4 star hotel that looked like paradise. I ran into the Canadian Davis Cup team who just come back from trying to practice and the draw for the matches this weekend. I wished them luck grabbed my passes and headed back to grab a bite to eat. The action starts tomorrow as Frank Dancevic gets it going vs Gael Monfils and then its Vasek Pospisil vs Gilles Simon. Can Canada pull off the upset we shall see.
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