Tennis is experiencing a growing interest at the moment. Canada has some of the best players and coaches in the world of professional tennis. The sport ranks fifth out of 14 sports in terms of fan interest and second-best overall in Quebec after ice hockey.
Why do Canadians play tennis?
Tennis is a safe sport. Among the 10 most popular sports in Canada, tennis has the second-highest number of injuries after baseball.
In 2018, Tennis Canada welcomed more than 328,000 fans to the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal and Toronto. More than $16 million in revenues from the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank (Montreal and Toronto combined) were reinvested in sports development.
Popularity on the Internet
Canadian Tennis is hugely popular on the internet as well. Most of all, fans not only watch live broadcasts of matches but also place their bets on them. Bookmakers often support youth teams and wagerers with offers such as the Vulkan bet no deposit bonus.
The most popular players
Tennis players are very well represented on social media and have millions of fans following them. Fans in Quebec are eagerly awaiting the next generation of Canadian players. Top Canadian favorites of tennis bet online by sports fans include:
- Bianca Andreescu;
- Denis Shapovalov;
- Felix Auger-Aliassime;
- Milos Raonic;
- Serena Williams;
- Roger Federer;
- Rafael Nadal;
- Eugenie Bouchard
They can’t win a single match without being asked how in a winter sports country of 37 million people there are so many champions waiting to be crowned at the same time.
The Canadian national tennis team and its success
Tennis is an individual sport. Almost every country in the world has a national tennis federation. The Canadian national tennis team was formed in 1890 and is a full member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The national governing body for tennis in Canada, Tennis Canada, operates under the umbrella of Sport Canada. It is a member of the Canadian Olympic Association. The Tennis Canada Events Management Team is directly responsible for all national and international competitions in Canada, including junior and senior championships.
Tennis Canada generates significant revenue from the Rogers Cup men’s and women’s tournaments. And it has invested heavily in its national training center, which opened in Montreal in 2007.
Canadian team wins ATP Cup
Regular tournaments are held every year at both the international and national levels. This year, a week before the Australian Open, the Canadian men’s tennis team celebrated an ATP Cup victory.
Thanks to two good singles performances from Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Canadians clinched an early title against Spain in the final. First Shapovalov, ranked 14th in the world, beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-3. Then Auger-Aliassime, ranked eleventh in the world, beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. The doubles match was therefore meaningless.
Note that the Spanish team was without Rafael Nadal, who also won the Melbourne tournament on Sunday, returning after a long injury-related break to the Tour.