(Granby) The Eastern Voices learned Aleksandra Wozniak will participate in the 21st National Tennis Challenger Bank, to be held from July 30 to August 7 on the courts of Tennis Granby.
The President and Director of Challenger, Alain Faucher, who was very reluctant to confirm the information obtained by the Voice of the East initially admitted that Wozniak will end up on the promotional poster of the tournament, we should see everywhere in the city soon.
“We are very happy, that is clear, said Lapierre, Tournament Director. Aleksandra has not been easy in recent years and the timing for Granby is perfect for her. We will welcome it as it should. ”
Melançon was ranked 21st in the world. It was June 2009. But it has been held away from short more often than not in recent years due to injury and then another. An injury to the right shoulder, suffered in 2014, has long been forced to inactivity, which explains his 474th in the world.
“Aleksandra is 28 and she loudly claimed that it has not finished with tennis, resumed Lapierre. She wants to come back strong, she wants to resume his place in the elite of the sport. I like his attitude. ”
Wozniak, who is back in the top-25, recently lost in the first round of the prestigious French Open tournament, played in France.
In 2008, she became the first Quebec woman to win a WTA Tour when she triumphed in Stanford, California. She has amassed some $ two million in scholarships since the beginning of his career.
“There are a few months, I asked Sylvain Bruneau (the captain of the Canadian team in the Fed Cup) if Aleksandra might be interested in playing in Granby, told Lapierre. He said he would speak to him, that Granby is a good tournament, well organized, and that the idea could please him. I am very happy with her answer! ”
Wozniak has already received an invitation to the tournament at the Rogers Cup, the women’s edition takes place in Montreal this year. This summer, she also intends to participate in tournaments in Washington and Stanford, other important events. And through it all, she will Granby.
Athletes who have gone through Granby hoping to boost their career, there were plenty over the years. The best example is probably the Belgian Xavier Malisse, passing in 2009, which had slipped to 235 th in the world following a series of injuries after being in the top-25. Malisse won the Challenger and two years later he reinstated the top-25.
Faucher: “Great news»
President and CEO of Challenger, Alain Faucher spoke of big news.
“Granby tennis enthusiasts appreciate the talent of the players and players from all over, but they still have a thing for athletes among us, he said. Aleksandra was among the best players in the world, it’s not anyone. Yes, that’s great news! ”
Mr. Faucher, who was very reluctant to confirm the information obtained by the Voice of the East initially admitted that Wozniak will end up on the promotional poster of the tournament, we should see around town soon.
A press conference is scheduled for mid-July. That’s when we will know the identity of the players and players who will participate in the Challenger. We already know that the junior Felix Auger-Aliassime and Charlotte Robillard-Millette will be in Granby. Eugene Lapierre also said veteran Frank Dancevic, three times champion of the tournament, will be back.
“The change of dates (the tournament has never been presented as late as this year) is not everyone’s business, but I think we will bring nice surprises,” dropped Lapierre, without wanting to go further.
The Challenger will especially place after the tournament at the Rogers Cup.