- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game3 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – Canadian doubles legend Daniel Nestor, who has had inconsistent results with new partner Leander Paes since the veteran pair (both 42) teamed up in April, had no trouble moving into the second round Wednesday.
Leander and Paes easily dispatched the Serbian pair of Viktor Troicki and Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.
Meanwhile, as the first round of doubles stretches out over at least four days, Pickering, Ont.'s Adil Shamasdin hasn't even played yet, while another Canadian, Vasek Pospisil, played his first-round match with American partner Jack Sock Monday.
Shamasdin and Australian partner Rameez Junaid get under way Thursday against the unseeded pair of Dominic Inglot and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
The advantage Shamasdin and Junaid may have is experience; they have been playing together much of the season, while Inglot and Roger-Vasselin are a first-time pairing.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game5 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – Genie Bouchard left Wimbledon behind rather quickly, home in Montreal less than 24 hours after she crashed in the first round to qualifier Ying-Ying Duan of China.
Bouchard was on the 2 p.m. flight from Heathrow (Eh Game's got spies everywhere) , with brother Will. She left behind a few headlines, but nothing nearly as heavy-duty as you would expect in a town full of tabloids.
In the end, fandom is fickle and they've moved on.
The Daily Mail played it straight, but did note the "bra flap" - the potential egregious breach of Wimbledon's all-white rule.
There did seem, indeed, to be a whisper of black sports bra showing. But chair umpire Louise Engzell took no action.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game10 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – A young Milos Raonic remembers a young Tommy Haas, back in 2002 in Toronto.
“Young” is relative; Raonic was 11; Haas was 24, ranked No. 3 in the world and a semi-finalist at the Canadian tournament that year. Raonic couldn’t really remember who the major sponsor was back then, taking a guess that it was the du Maurier Cup (it was, in fact, the Rogers AT&T Cup).
But he probably remembers Haas most for having defeated his idol in a third-set tiebreak in the third round, about a month before American legend Pete Sampras said farewell to tennis at the U.S. Open.
Fast forward 13 years, and it is Raonic who is the top-10 player and Haas, 37 and on the umpteenth post-surgery comeback of his star-crossed career, is officially ranked No. 861.
That major numbers gap narrowed – a little – in the latter stages of the match, but Raonic’s 6-0, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) victory was rarely in question and sets up a third-round clash with 20-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia on Friday.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON - Vasek Pospisil’s career record in five-set matches had been terrible until this season.
And his issues with hot, steamy conditions such as those that descended upon Wimbledon Tuesday are longstanding.
So even though the Canadian’s first-round opponent was a qualifier, the stage was set for a struggle.
Pospisil never went into full-out cramping mode, but the pre-conditions were there in his left quad, calf, and upper hamstring – and even in his pectoral – before he finally started feeling better in the fifth and pulled out a win over France’s Vincent Millot, ranked No. 213, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3.
“Maybe in terms of the way I was feeling physically, it was a tough one. It didn’t have to be as tough as it was, if I’d played the right way and played a little better,” he said. “It was the first round, so definitely some tension and trying to get some confidence.”
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – Well, the worst-case scenario occurred: Genie Bouchard lost in the first round at Wimbledon.
All the trees and bandwidth dedicated to the 21-year-old Canadian star’s struggles this season seemed to lead up to this defining moment as she attempted to defend her most illustrious result of 2014, the singles final here.
To paraphrase the semi-immortal words of Boris Becker, a man who did his fair share of winning on the lawns here during his career, she didn’t lose a war. Nobody died. Bouchard merely lost a tennis match.
Bouchard’s opponent Tuesday was a fairly anonymous qualifier named Ying-Ying Duan, whose musical name is about all most know about a a 6-foot-1,185-pound Chinese woman who turns 26 this week but who – with the exception of the Grand Slams – has played just two tournaments outside Asia over the last three years.
Duan’s 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over the No. 12 seed was partly due to her solid play. It was, as most Bouchard defeats to lower-ranked players have been, far more about Bouchard.
Afterwards, the 21-year-old Canadian revealed the abdominal tear suffered at Eastbourne last week was diagnosed as a “Grade 2” tear.
- Don Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
Hot on the heels of Craig Savill's announcement that he would be curling for a Nova Scotia team this season, comes the revelation that Savill's 2014-15 teammate with Glenn Howard's foursome, Jon Mead, has landed a casual role with a new team of his own.
And it's no small potatoes.
Mead will return to curling in his home province of Manitoba, as a member of last season's juggernaut (mostly) Team Mike McEwen.
"Mentor, manager, coach, fifth man, all wrapped up into one,” McEwen told Curling Canada's Al Cameron, describing Mead's part-time role with the rink, which ran up an unconscious record of 73 wins and 11 losses last season, winning most everything in sight, except for their long sought-after berth in a Brier.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game1 day ago
It may be a bit much to ask of an 18-year-old, but Connor McDavid just might be the key to Rogers improving its NHL ratings next season.
If Friday's NHL entry draft is an indication, the young man has drawing power. The draft coverage drew an average of 1 million viewers to Sportsnet, a 47 per cent increase over last year's audience, second only to the 1.09 million who watched the 2011 draft.
Although it was a foregone conclusion that the Edmonton Oilers were going to take McDavid as the first choice, the young man has enough drawing power to still pull in a big audience. Add in the fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs, the nation's biggest draw despite years of futility, were picking fourth and the conditions were perfect for big ratings.
That's good news for Rogers, which needs increased interest from the likes of Edmonton and the presence of hope in Toronto to boost ratings. At this stage, it looks like a good bet, though hardly a sure thing.
Another good bet is that Bell Media has seen the end of multimillion-viewer ratings for the Women's World Cup.
Nova Scotia's Brier hopes bolstered; Craig Savill heads east to join Mark Dacey, Shawn Adams and Andrew GibsonDon Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
A formidable men's curling force is brewing in Nova Scotia, with a little help from Ontario.
The province - which missed The Brier for the first time ever in 2014 - has a new team forming; one that aims to get the Bluenosers back in the Brier battle, in time for one of its players to realize a lifelong dream of playing for a men's national championship in his hometown.
That player is Ottawa's Craig Savill, who, up until the end of this past season, was a long-time member of the Glenn Howard Four, playing lead on the perennial Ontario championship team for ten seasons, before being
Savill announced, today, that he is joining forces with 2004 Brier champion skip Mark Dacey, four-time Brier skip Shawn Adams and Andrew Gibson, lead for Dacey at three different Briers. They aim to get those navy and white provincial jerseys back on Brier ice, in Ottawa, in 2016.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – At the French Open, all the buzz about Swiss No. 2 Stan Wawrinka was about ... his excruciatingly painful, yet oddly compelling shorts.
That the shorts went all the way to the title with the 30-year-olf from Lausanne was just a bonus.
A few weeks later at Wimbledon, it's not about the shorts, but about the lack of shorts.
Wawrinka, who will strike most as a fairly introverted individual in terms of his public persona, is in this year's ESPN The Magazine's body issue, the only tennis player represented.
And, well, here it is.
(Note the tennis tan - the sock line above his ankles. Any tennis player knows how hard that is to get rid of. And the tan line that ends at the shorts. It gives you hope that there wasn't too much heavy Photoshopping going on).
Wawrinka's not that guy who will practice at tournaments without his shirt on, or even change it much on the court during matches. So it was definitely a stretch for him.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
WIMBLEDON – It was a match they weren’t expecting to play so soon – 11:30 a.m. sharp on the first Monday at Wimbledon.
But after a slow start, defending doubles champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock got past a potentially dangerous team in Sergiy Stakhovsky and Sam Groth, winning 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-1 to advance to the second round of doubles – before they even took the court in singles.
That will happen Tuesday, as Sock plays Groth, and Pospisil and Stakhovsky’s respective opponents had a day to rest.
“I would say was one of the tougher first-round draws we could have had. Those guys are serving big, serve-volleyers in singles, always tricky,” said Pospisil, who will play French lefty Vincent Millot Tuesday.
“Today we didn’t start great. I think the energy was pretty low. missing some balls that maybe we don’t normally miss. It also was our first doubles match (together) in awhile, and I think we just started playing better as the match went on, and played a reasonably solid match after the first set,” he said.