The Canadians have a fairly loaded team on both the boys’ and girls’ sides in Madrid.
And in the first day of pool play, they came out winners – but not without a tough comeback effort from Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Auger-Aliassime’s 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4 win over Kacper Zuk of Poland clinched the tie for Canada on the boys’ side, after Benjamin Sigouin defeated Daniel Michalski 6-4, 6-2.
Auger-Aliassime was down a set and 0-4 before coming back.
“It’s a hell of a start for the week, but I knew he was a great player and I’d have to battle it out,” Auger-Aliassime told the ITF website. “This is what every tennis player trains for, these kind of matches. Of course it’s a physical match, but it’s also to stay mentally calm and believing in it. That’s what I am proud of, I stayed in my game.”
Sigouin replaced Auger-Aliassime alongside Denis Shapovalov for the doubles. And they had no trouble in a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
On the girls’ side, Bianca Andreescu opened Canada’s tie against Colombia with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Maria Osorio, and Charlotte Robillard-Millette followed up with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Emilia Orango to clinch it 2-0. The two also won the doubles.
Click below to watch the stream of the boys’ doubles match. The event is being held at the Caja Magica, home of the big joint ATP and WTA Tour event during the spring clay-court season.
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