September 30, 2023

Open Court


D.C. Flashback (2017) – Team Canada … practices together!



One thing that has rarely been a … thing in Canadian women’s tennis is the players practicing with each other.

It sort of has a long and winding history as a culture. And, of course, we’re talking about women.

More relevant is the fact that in recent years you wouldn’t necessarily have found three Canadian women at the same WTA Tour event.

But at the Citi Open three years ago, it happened.

Genie Bouchard hit with Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu hit with Françoise Abanda.

(No Abanda with Bouchard – Québécoise rivalries never seem to be warm and fuzzy).

This was the year Andreescu made the singles quarterfinals.

Bouchard defeated Christina McHale in the first round, but went down to Andrea Petkovic, 6-0 in the third set, in the second round of singles. (Petkovic beat Andreescu in the next round, too).

But in doubles, she reached the final with Sloane Stephens.

Abanda had some great results in 2017, even if she lost to Julia Goerges in the first round in D.C. She had qualified and reached the second round at Roland Garros, and did the same at Wimbledon – where she came close to defeating former junior rival Jelena Ostapenko (who had just won the French Open). Later, she made the quarters in Quebec City.

Here are some clips of the three Canadian women hitting the courts together.

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