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This Week in Tennis: Celebrating Aryna and Jannik

by Melissa Boyd

January 29, 2024

The first Grand Slam of the season is in the books and culminated with the crowning of very worthy champions.

Aryna Sabalenka became the first woman to successfully defend her title since Victoria Azarenka went back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. She was flawless throughout the fortnight and did not drop a set en route to the crown. With the win, she became the tenth active multiple Grand Slam champion. Thanks to her impressive run to the final, Qinwen Zheng has moved up to no. 7 on the WTA rankings. Also, a special shout out to the ageless Su-Wei Hsieh who won both women’s and mixed doubles titles in Melbourne.

READ: SINNER FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH FOR BIGGEST TITLE IN TORONTO

On the men’s side, Jannik Sinner, champion of the 2023 National Bank Open presented by Rogers in Toronto, came from two sets and a break down to defeat Daniil Medvedev and capture his maiden Major title. The world no. 4 became the first Italian man to win a Slam since Adriano Panatta in 1976 and just the third Italian man in history to accomplish the feat. At 22 years and 165 days, Sinner is the youngest man to win the Australian Open since Novak Djokovic in 2008 and the second man born in the 2000s to win a Grand Slam title after Carlos Alcaraz. And kudos to Rohan Bopanna. At 43 years of age, not only did he capture his first Major at the Australian Open in men’s doubles, but he also became the No. 1 doubles player in the world.

It's Davis Cup Week in Montreal

Members of Team Canada presented by Sobeys have arrived in Montreal to begin preparations for their Davis Cup Qualifier against the Republic of Korea at IGA Stadium from February 2-3. A few tickets are still available to cheer on Gabriel Diallo, Liam Draxl, Alexis Galarneau, Vasek Pospisil, and Milos Raonic, so don’t wait!

Denis and Félix in Montpellier

On the ATP Tour, Canadians Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov are playing in Montpellier, France. Auger-Aliassime is the third seed behind Holger Rune and Alexander Bublik. For his part, Shapovalov will face Hugo Gaston in the opening round.

Meanwhile, the WTA Tour is making stops in Linz, Austria and Hua Hin, Thailand.

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