Star Studded Field Announced for Calgary National Bank Challenger Event

Calgary National Bank Challenger

Canadian tennis stars Eugénie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil and Germany’s Sabine Lisicki among the players in competition

Star Studded Field Announced for Calgary National Bank Challenger Event

Star Studded Field announced for Calgary National Bank Challenger event - photo credit R. Parthibhan

Star Studded Field announced for Calgary National Bank Challenger event – photo credit R. Parthibhan

CALGARY, Alta., Oct. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Calgary National Bank Challenger Tournament Director Danny Da Costa today announced an all-star roster for the upcoming tournament taking place Oct. 6-13. November 2022 at OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre.

The headliner of the player announcement was the surprise addition of the former world number 5 and 2014 Wimbledon singles runner-up Eugenie Bouchard from Montreal. Bouchard has established herself as one of the most recognizable athletes in the world with victories over former world No. 1 players including Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki. She also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the French Open in 2014. Bouchard returned to the WTA Tour this summer after shoulder surgery.

“I can’t wait to play in the Calgary National Bank Challenger. I always enjoy playing at home in front of my Canadian tennis fans. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Calgary event and I’m looking forward to finishing my year strong,” said Eugénie Bouchard.

Joining Bouchard in the main draw of Calgary’s inaugural women’s event is Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Lisicki was a former world No. 12 singles player and 2013 Wimbledon singles runner-up. The holder of four WTA Tour titles, the German athlete beat world No. 1 players Serena & Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova.

The women’s squad also includes 11 players from the top 200, including Sweden’s Mirjam Bjorklund (136 WTA), England Jodie Anna Burrage (141 WTA), and Italy Lucrece Stefanini (143WTA). Sixteen-year-old Czech prodigy Sara Bejlek (192 WTA) will also be traveling to Calgary, along with several young Canadian players including Montreal Catherine Sebov and several other Canadian players to be added through the qualifying event.

On the men’s side, the tournament will again be headlined by the Canadian tennis star Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C. The current Canadian number 3 and former world 25 is a 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion. Currently ranked 121st in the world, Pospisil has beaten Danill Medvedev, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Felix Auger-Alaissime and Richard Gasquet in his career. He led Canada to the 2019 Davis Cup Final.

Five Top 200 male players will take part in this year’s event, including Ecuador Emilio Gomez (105 ATP). Gomez is the son of former Grand Slam champion and world number 4 Andres Gomez. Also playing, Argentina Juan Pablo Ficovitch (143 ATP), Australia Alexander Vukic (150 ATP) and Germany Dominik Koepfer (ATP 173), former Top 50 player. Fans will also be able to cheer on several Canadian players, including, Alexis Galarneau (218 ATP) and young star Gabriel Diallo (250 ATP).

Today’s announcement follows the withdrawal of former world number 4 Kei Nishikori from the event due to an injury setback preventing him from competing.

Local talent will also be on display with members OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Center and Calgary Alexia Jacobs participate in his first professional event, while Calgary Cleeve Harper will compete in the men’s event. Harper is the 2022 NCAA doubles champion and competed in the National Bank Open last summer.

“We are very happy to have world-class talents like Eugénie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil and Sabine Lisicki, as well as emerging talents like Gabriel Diallo from Canada, Sara Bejlek from the Czech Republic and Harold Mayot from France, playing in the event of this year,” said Danny Da Costa. , Tournament Director for the Calgary National Bank Challenger. “It’s a unique opportunity to see some of the best rising and established stars here in Calgary.”

To see the complete list of participants in the Calgary National Bank Challenger men’s and women’s event Click here.
All matches at the event will be streamed live on the ATP Tour (men’s) and ITF Tennis (women’s) websites.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.calgary.nationalbankchallenger.com.

ABOUT THE CALGARY NATIONAL BANK CHALLENGER
The Calgary National Bank Challenger is the only combined men’s and women’s indoor tennis tournament in Canada. Within two years, the Calgary National Bank Challenger has quickly established itself as one of the top ATP Challenger events in the world and one of Alberta’s premier sporting events. In 2022, the Challenger will host our first $60,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Professional Tour event featuring many of the world’s top rising and established players.

ABOUT NATIONAL BANK CHALLENGER TOURNAMENTS
The Calgary National Bank Challenger is part of several Challenger Circuit tournaments sponsored by National Bank in Canada. Aimed at supporting the development of the international elite, professional tournaments offer Canadian athletes their first experiences on the circuits and the possibility of accumulating valuable points to move up the world rankings. Over the years, National Bank Challenger tournaments have served as a springboard for players including Canadian stars Félix Auger-Aliassime, Leylah Annie Fernandez, Denis Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu, as well as Casper Ruud, Maxime Cressy and John Isner from the United States. , Daniel Evans from the UK, Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki from Germany and Ons Jabeur from Tunisia.

OSTEN & VICTOR ALBERTA TENNIS CENTER
The OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Center is one of the finest tennis facilities in Canada and has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best tennis facilities in North America. The state-of-the-art, family-friendly community tennis facility, located just off one of Calgary’s main roads, MacLeod Trail, is located in the heart of Acadia (SE Calgary) and covers 71,000 square feet, over 3.19 acres. The OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Center opened in the spring of 2016 to critical acclaim and is supported by local funders with support from Tennis Canada. The $13 million not-for-profit tennis center quickly established itself as the benchmark for facility design and operations in Canada and won Tennis Canada’s Facility Excellence Award (Indoor Facility of the year) in 2017. The tennis center welcomed more than 150,000 people. since opening in 2016 and has introduced thousands of Calgarians to tennis since opening. The tennis center was built to international competition standards and is considered the most technologically advanced tennis center in Canada and is among the most technologically advanced centers in the world. It is a highly sought after tournament destination and hosts several international events each year, including the Calgary National Bank Challenger ATP event.

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