When you talk about Canadian tennis the three names that have forced their way to the front of the conversation are Felix, Bianca and Denis.
Not only this last week but since his return from back surgery the only way has been up for Vasek Pospisil. The journey to where he is now just back outside the top 100 has been a tough one.
In January of last year Vasek’s back injury became a persistent problem and underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk. This forced the Canadian to miss just over six months of tennis before returning at Wimbledon.
Vasek during this time his ranking dropped and last year almost dropped outside the top 250 in the world.
His return to Wimbledon was short lived as he lost to fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in round one. His US Open was much better as he beat Khachanov in the first round and was a pivotal part of the Canadian Davis Cup team which made it to the final in Madrid, the country’s first ever appearance in the final!
Before the trip to Madrid for the Davis Cup finals he was also playing Challenger events to gain some match rhythm and fitness. His time on challenger circuit was a success winning back to back events in Las Vegas and Charlottesville.
During this time he has continued to be the leading voice for an increase in prize money seen by the players from the Grand Slams which generated millions but only a small percentage is made available for the players.
Vasek’ run to the final in Montpellier has been the highlight of his comeback. We have seen some very good tennis. I was super impressed with the first couple of wins against Bedene and Shapovalov.
The win against David Goffin showed his spirit to dig deep and to never give in. Goffin was serving for the match at 5-4 and from there on in it is just about going for it.
He came up short in the final against Gael Monfils but can take plenty of positives away from this week as he edges towards breaking back into the top 100 and right now is the inform Canadian who drinks maple syrup during matches…