National Bank Open Wild Cards announced

MONTREAL, August 4, 2022 (Tennis Canada Press Release)

On Thursday, Tennis Canada handed out the wildcards for the 2022 National Bank Open presented by Rogers In Montréal. The four places in the Canadian ATP Masters 1000 main draw went to Andy Murray (GBR) and David Goffin (BEL) and to Canadians Vasek Pospisil (Vernon, BC) and Alexis Galarneau (Laval, QC).

Andy Murray, a three-time Canadian Open champion (2009, 2010, 2015), was awarded a wildcard as part of a trade with the LTA, the governing body for tennis in Britain. This season, the former world No. 1 has risen in the rankings from No. 134 to No. 50. In recent months, he has fought in the finals in Sydney and Stuttgart, dismantling tough opponents including No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No.17 Reilly Opelka, No.22 Denis Shapovalov and No.29 Nikoloz Basilashvili, en route. No.60 David Goffin from Belgium had an excellent run at Wimbledon a few weeks ago. The former No. 7 reached the quarter-finals in the All-England Club after ousting Frances Tiafoe (USA) and Sebastian Baez (Argentina). In Montreal, he will focus on surpassing his best performance in Canada, a round of 16 appearance.

Vasek Pospisil (no.141) from British Columbia is preparing for his 14th Canadian Open. In 2022, he took the title at the Challenger in Quimper and reached the quarterfinals of the Dallas Open. A semifinalist in Montreal in 2013 (6-4, 1-6, 7-6[4] loss to compatriot Milos Raonic), Pospisil has caused his part in his career and should never be underestimated. In the end, the fourth wildcard went to Alexis Galarneau of Laval. Currently at number 238, he has been on a steady climb since he turned pro and started the year at number 378. Last Sunday he was a finalist in the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger, beating tournament favorite Liam Broady along the way (no. 131). Buoyed by his recent triumph, Galarneau will compete in the main draw of the National Bank Open for the first time in his young career.

Eligible Wildcards

Tennis Canada also announced the recipients of the qualifying wildcards. Jaden Weekes, a member of the National Tennis Center presented by Rogers in Montreal, will enter the preliminaries. The 17-year-old is currently number 21 in the junior rankings of the ITF World Tennis Tour and will attend his first National Bank Open. He will be joined by three other Canadians: Gabriel Diallo (Montreal, QC), Liam Draxl (Nieuwmarkt, ON) and Juan Carlos Aguilar (Montréal, QC), currently competing in NCAA men’s tennis. Diallo and Draxl play for the University of Kentucky, and Aguilar is a member of the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University. They are also at the Canadian Open for the first time in their careers.

Djokovic and Otte withdraw

Tennis Canada also announced that: Novak Djokovic (6) of Serbia and Oscar Otte (41) of Germany have withdrawn from the National Bank Open presented by Rogers. Benjamin Bonzi (51) from France and Nick Kyrgios (63) of Australia are now entered in the main draw.

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