US Open 2013 — Glimmer of Hope for Canadian Tennis Players
Giridhar Krishnan (sports):
The connecting distance between the United States and Canada via the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara is only 492 meters, but there are still miles to travel for the maple leaf to raise sky high in the US tennis open. It would not be unrealistic to imagine the likes of Canadian hopefuls like Milos Raonic and Vasek Popisil to go all the way and get glory against the likes of US players Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal.
Tennis in general, compared with other sports, is a sport which focuses on individuals. There are doubles and mixed doubles, but even then the focus is at the maximum on two individuals. Even though it is highly necessary that the coach, staff and players work as a team, on the whole focus is at the individual level. It is not a team sport like soccer or basketball, which require high levels of team coordination. This is one of the reasons that the elite league of tennis stars be it the Pete Sampras-Andre Agassi era or the current era of Nadal-Federer last much longer compared to other sports. So it will be a great transition period for Canadian tennis if hopes like Raonic, Pospisil, Eugenie Bouchard and Frank Dancevic get going at their best and make it to the semifinals or at least the quarterfinals. If one of these athletes makes it to the quarter final it may well mark the era of Canadian tennis stars.
Everything needs a beginning. It is a known fact that no Canadian has ever won the US open. Thinking that way will not take these tennis players anywhere. Rather, thinking that Dancevic, Raonic and Bouchard have made it past the first round gives a glimmer of hope for the maple leaf. Pospisil’s fighting loss in a humdinger of a match against Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra (scoreline:4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-2, 7-6 (10)) was a disappointment, despite discussion of close calls going against Pospisil. It is still a pride to lose with the head held high and the mighty fighting spirit of the maple leaf region.
Let us hope the best is delivered this year from the Canadians in action at the US open and they mark the glimmer of hope to start a Canadian era at the grand slams after the Swiss-Spaniard (Nadal-Federer era).
Image Caption: Raonic in Action
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