Winnipeg Challenger to mark return of Pospisil; JJ Wolf tops the event

Winnipeg Challenger to mark return of Pospisil; JJ Wolf tops the event
Winnipeg Challenger to mark return of Pospisil; JJ Wolf tops the event

Professional tennis stops in Manitoba this week.

The National Bank Challenger in Winnipeg is officially underway and features a very strong field of 32 players, including four Canadians, including veteran Vasek Pospisil.

Here are the players to watch:

Canadians in Winnipeg

Pospisil, the 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion and former 25e world, is making a return to competition. This week, he will try to get back into shape and restore his ranking.

The 34-year-old from Vernon, B.C., has been sidelined by injury and is playing in his first tournament since mid-April. Although he has played little this season, he played a big role for Canada in Davis Cup qualifying in February, winning a singles match to help the team beat Korea and advance to September’s round-robin.

Alexis Galarneau of Laval, Que., is the top-ranked Canadian in Winnipeg at 169.e world ranking. He has had good results this season and has accumulated a record of 18 wins and 12 losses. In April, he was a finalist in the Mexico Challenger.

Galarneau, who is seeded fifth in Winnipeg, is coming off a Wimbledon appearance where he reached the second round of qualifying.

Liam Draxl (Newmarket, ON) and Keegan Rice of Saskatchewan received a bye into the singles main draw.

Photo – Pascal Ratthe

JJ Wolf is the man to beat

JJ Wolf is the favorite in Winnipeg. The 25-year-old American has already held the 39e world ranking and reached an ATP final in 2022, losing to Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime at the Florence Open in Italy.

Frenchmen Terence Atmane and Benjamin Bonzi as well as American Patrick Kypson are also among the top four seeds.

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