‘Impressive’ just doesn’t do it justice. So far this year these three Canadian’s have been extraordinary and in their own way.
Bianca Andreescu, Denis Shapavolov and Felix Auger-Allisaime have lit up the tennis circuit in what for Bianca and Felix is turning into a breakthrough year where as for Denis he looks recharged after what he described as being exhausted last year hence why he miss the finals in Milan.
So, what has made them dangerous?
No one has won more tour matches than her this year. At the age of 18 she has been phenominal and is already ranked at 24 in the world baring in mind she began the year ranked outside top 170 and won Indian Wells with top 10 win after win.
Her tennis and her no fear approach has been a breath of fresh air on the tour. The forehand is where she impresses the much but I’ve enjoyed her ‘all court game’. That phrase is something I hate using as it is a bit lazy but the way she adapts that backhand slice at the back of the court but also mixed in with how she attacks from the baseline makes her dangerous and should not be underestimated.
A shoulder injury forced her out of Miami early will not play in Charleston but I’m really interested to see how she get’s on during the clay season and unless there is some freak rise up the rankings from people below her she will be seeded at Roland Garros when she had to qualify for the Australian Open. Madness!
Another breath of fresh air with a big forehand.
The talent is there; we’ve seen it last year on the challengers but if anything is making that move up a little quicker than expected.
To make a masters semi-final already and secure a win over Tsitsipas at Indian Wells as well as making the final of Rio.
Felix has what I call a progressive style of tennis. His big weapon is his forehand it is what he is looking at going forward on and I’m interested seeing that development of the backhand which we have seen from Kyle Edmund as I remember first watching Kyle and it wouldn’t stand up.
His progressive style takes him to the net, it’s effective but at the same time it can get picked off down the line as it can be obvious but for now it’s working and he is another one I like to see play on the clay.
I’m pleased Denis has started the year well.
To miss Milan would have hurt but it was the right decision. He played a busy calendar but did we see his best? I don’t think so. He’s looked sharp throughout the season and it’s reminded me of when he burst onto the tour in 2017.
His game is much stronger now than it was then but there are still some gaps as well that need ironing out.
He is one of few players on the tour that plays both handed and it is good to watch but getting him on the back-foot when he is on front-foot is a problem.
A bit of his game I would like to see improve going forward is his defensive game and how he defends.