Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil to headline the Calgary National Bank Challenger


Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil will headline the Calgary National Bank Challenger roster, which was announced Monday, when the tournament kicks off Nov. 6-13 at the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre. Next month’s competition is the first since the Challenger became a combined women’s and men’s professional event.

Former world number 5 Bouchard returned to action earlier this year after recovering from a shoulder injury. In 2014, the Quebecer reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the French Open and was a runner-up at Wimbledon, becoming the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam singles final. She is also a regular on Canada’s Billie Jean King Cup team, having played in ten games for her country.

“I can’t wait to play at the National Bank Challenger in Calgary,” said Bouchard. “I always enjoy playing at home in front of my Canadian tennis fans. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Calgary event, and I’m looking forward to finishing my year strong.

In addition to Bouchard, the inaugural women’s event at the Calgary tournament will see former world number 12 Sabine Lisicki of Germany, as well as Sweden’s Mirjam Bjorklund (No. 133), Britain’s Jodie Anna Burrage (No. 138) , Lucrezia Stefanini (#143) from Italy and Czech Sara Bejlek (#196). Fellow Canadian Katherine Sebov will also take part in the event along with several other Canadians who will be added via qualifying.

On the men’s side, Vasek Pospisil will return to the Calgary National Bank Challenger. The Canadian, currently ranked No. 123 on the ATP Tour, reached a career-high No. 25 in January 2014. Three-time ATP finalist – Washington in 2014 and Sofia and Montpellier in 2020 – Pospisil recently played in the Challenger final Mouilleron-le-Captif in France and the quarter-finals of the Tel Aviv Open, where he lost to 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. Also a regular on Team Canada presented by Sobeys, Pospisil has been selected for 26 Davis Cup games in his career and was just named to captain Frank Dancevic’s squad for the 2022 Finals in Malaga, Spain. .

Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez (#107) joins Pospisil in the men’s draw. Argentina’s Juan Pablo Ficovich (No. 148), Aleksander Vukic (No. 145) and Germany’s Dominik Koepfer (No. 174) of the ATP Tour Top 200. Fans will also be able to follow the fortunes of rising Canadian stars Alexis Galarneau (No. 225) and Gabriel Diallo (No. 250), who will both join Pospisil in the Davis Cup final in Spain next month.

Last week it was announced that former world number 4 Kei Nishikori had withdrawn from the event due to an injury setback.

“We are very happy to have world-class talents like Eugénie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil and Sabine Lisicki, as well as emerging talents like Gabriel Diallo from Canada, Sara Bejlek from the Czech Republic and Harold Mayot from France, playing in the this year’s event,” said Danny Da Costa, Tournament Director for the Calgary National Bank Challenger. “It’s a unique opportunity to see some of the best rising and established stars here in Calgary.”

To consult the complete list of participants in the Calgary National Bank Challenger men’s and women’s event, click here. All matches at the event will be streamed live on the ATP Tour (men’s) and ITF Tennis (women’s) websites.

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