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GIVING TUESDAY: WHEN GIVING CANADA THE EDGE PAYS OFF YEARS LATER

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The Davis Cup Finals formally get underway this week in Malaga, Spain, and, for the second time since 2019, Crew Canada introduced by Sobeys is among the many ultimate eight international locations within the race for the title of world champions. Final September in Valencia, our nationwide squad led by captain Frank Dancevic ranked second in its round-robin group and punched its ticket for the Knockout Stage. Now, on Thursday November 24 at 10 am ET, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil, Alexis Galarneau and Gabriel Diallo will battle Germany within the quarter-finals.

When requested about Canada’s return to the quarters of the distinguished match, Frank Dancevic was very clear in regards to the group’s intentions this week: to win the title. Interval.

“In 2019, we bought to the ultimate [against Spain], and even when our group was fairly younger, we bought so near the win,” stated Dancevic. “Regardless of the loss, we have been capable of see how good we have been as a group and that we could possibly be a menace to the opposite nations on the court docket. Quick ahead to 2022, and our guys are actually motivated, particularly since they already bought a style of the Closing, they usually need to win it. That is our subsequent aim: to go for the title.”

It solely takes a couple of minutes with Frank to grow to be satisfied the world tennis championship is inside attain for Canada. With 25 Davis Cup ties underneath his belt (the third most within the nation’s historical past) earlier than being appointed captain, he helped carry Canada to a whole lot of success—sufficient to consider something is feasible. One in every of his favourite reminiscences of him as a participant supplies a putting instance.

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“As a younger child, it was at all times my dream to play Davis Cup, and I used to be tremendous enthusiastic about enjoying for Canada. That could be why my first large reminiscence in tennis that I really feel actually modified my profession and adjusted my path was truly a Davis Cup match. In 2003, at 18 years outdated, I bought the prospect to play in opposition to Brazil in Calgary, and it was an enormous deal! At that time, Canada hadn’t been within the World Group for over 10 years and profitable that tie would have certified us for the primary time in a decade. Again then, Grant Connell was the captain and my teammates have been Daniel Nestor, Simon Larose and Frédéric Niemeyer.

The evening earlier than the ultimate day, Grant referred to as me round midnight to tell me that I might play the fifth match if it got here all the way down to it, which occurred. In a decisive match, I ended up enjoying in opposition to Flavio Saretta, who was No.47 on the time, whereas I used to be ranked someplace between No.500 and No.600. I got here out weapons blazing, and I ended up profitable the match in 4 units to qualify us for the World Group. That was an enormous confidence enhance and an enormous turning level in my profession. After that win, I went on to win Challenger tournaments, and it made me consider in myself and consider I used to be able to profitable matches like that.”

Nonetheless, Frank Dancevic is effectively conscious that occasions have modified since then. In the present day, Canada counts on Prime 20 gamers and important depth that makes the nation a formidable opponent at worldwide competitions. He additionally is aware of that none of that may have ever been attainable with out the donations and investments made by Tennis Canada through the years to provide the subsequent era of Canadian gamers an edge.

“Our success began years again with the investments we made with the juniors and the youthful children. All of the help we’re giving them is simply giving a lift to the youthful era. In fact, to place it merely, these investments had form of a snowball impact for the ladies and the lads. Guys like Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil actually kickstarted the subsequent era with Denis and Félix. And now, the children I am working with on the Nationwide Tennis Heart introduced by Rogers are trying as much as Denis and Félix. The final 10 to fifteen years have been nice and superior for this nation, and, if we need to hold this snowball rolling, we have to hold gamers coming from era to era ,” Dancevic stated.

GIVING CANADA THE ADVANTAGE

You may assist develop the subsequent era of gifted gamers by making a donation to help Tennis Canada’s packages.

Tennis Canada has simply launched its new Giving Tuesday fundraising marketing campaign, which highlights how a number of parts, over time, can provide Canada an edge and permit our gamers to succeed in the very best ranges of the game.

As a part of the marketing campaign, our very personal 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will double each donation pledged on November 29 earlier than midnight. Double the benefit for Canadian tennis gamers of all ranges by contributing at present.

Because of you, the benefit is ours. And because of you, that snowball impact will not lose any of its momentum!

When you’ve got any questions, please contact our fund improvement group at fundraising@tenniscanada.com.

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