Organizers of the Odlum Brown VanOpen are pleased to announce that Ottawa, Ontario’s Gabriela Dabrowski has been added to the women’s singles main draw at the tournament at Hollyburn Country Club from August 11 – 19.
The 26-year-old is having an excellent year so far, winning the Mixed Doubles title at the Australian Open in January and reaching the semifinal in doubles at Wimbledon last month.
She also won a mixed doubles championship at Roland Garros last year to become the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title of any sort at the senior level.
Despite being ranked World No. 9 in doubles, Dabrowski still plays singles occasionally, which she is at the Odlum Brown VanOpen.
In singles, she’s been ranked as high as World No. 164 and holds a win in her career over former World No. 1 and current No. 9 Karolina Pliskova.
We are excited that Gabriela has chosen to participate in the Odlum Brown VanOpen. She has really excelled the past couple years on the doubles court with exceptional results,” said Tournament Director Rik de Voest. “We are sure that our younger, budding tennis players will be inspired by watching Gabriela showcase her skills on the courts at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver.”
Dabrowski has traditionally played well in tournaments in her home country and is a six-time singles finalist on the ITF Pro Circuit, with three of those coming on Canadian soil.
On the doubles side, Dabrowski has two career WTA doubles titles and is a 20-time finalist on the ITF Pro Circuit, with eleven occurring at tournaments in Canada.
This year is the sixth appearance she’ll make at the Odlum Brown VanOpen, but the first since her recent Grand Slam success.
Organizers of the Odlum Brown VanOpen are pleased to announce that Felix Auger-Aliassime has been added to the list of players who will compete at West Vancouver’s Hollyburn Country Club August 11 – 19.
The powerful 17-year-old, who’s from Montreal, is the youngest player ever to qualify and win a main draw match on the ATP Challenger Tour, which he did in 2015, six months before his 15th birthday.
He is a two-time Junior Grand Slam winner, claiming titles at the US Open in singles in 2016, and in doubles in 2015.
In June 2017 at a $75,000 event in France, Auger-Aliassime became the first 16-year-old to win an ATP Challenger singles title in nine years.
He repeated as champion at the tournament last month to become the youngest player in history to defend an ATP Challenger title.
“We are excited to hear that Felix has committed to playing in our event. We have followed his fantastic results recently, and as one of the NextGen ATP players, we look forward to hosting him in our world class city and have him showcase his skills and talents to tennis fans in Vancouver,” said Odlum Brown VanOpen Tournament Director Rik de Voest.
Last summer, Auger-Aliassime became the youngest player to break the top 200 since Rafael Nadal in December 2002 and the second-youngest to win multiple ATP Challenger titles, behind only Richard Gasquet.
In addition, he is only the fourth player to win three Challenger events before the age of 18, following Gasquet and Grand Slam champions Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro.
Auger-Aliassime is a contender to compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in November and has seen his ATP ranking climb 50 places to World No. 139 since the beginning of May.