A Deep Field for the Bell Challenge

Montreal, September 13, 2010 A deep field which includes three Top 30 players will battle for top honours this week at the Bell Challenge, a $220,000 WTA Tour event currently underway in Quebec City.

A pair of Frenchwomen, world no. 14 Marion Bartoli and world no. 20 Aravane Rezai, lead arguably the deepest field in tournament history, one which also bodes 2009 finalist Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic and four Canadians. In fact, Heidi El Tabakh (Oakville, ON) and Rebecca Marino (Vancouver, BC) will face off in an all-Canadian first round encounter this evening at PEPS on the campus of Laval University with the winner slated to face Bartoli in round two. Stéphanie Dubois (Laval, QC) will play seventh-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus in her first round match while Valérie Tétreault (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) will go up against fourth-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, the same player she beat in the first round last year in Quebec City.

Visit www.challengebell.com for all of the latest news and results from the Challenge Bell.

Canada set for Davis Cup battle with the Dominican Republic this weekend

The Miele Canadian Davis Cup team of Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON), Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON), Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) will take on the Dominican Republic this weekend in a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I second round play-off tie at the Rexall Centre in Toronto. The opening singles matches will be played on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets start as low as $10 and can be purchased by calling 1-877-2TENNIS. The tie will also be webcast live on www.lovemeansnothing.ca

Dubois, Tétreault and Marino head players list for Saguenay National Bank Challenger

The players list for the 2010 Saguenay National Bank Challenger to be held from September 18-26 was unveiled last week and a Canadian trio tops this year’s field which also includes a former champion and some former Top 50 players. Stéphanie Dubois, Valérie Tétreault, Heidi El Tabakh, Rebecca Marino, Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) have all earned direct entry into the main draw. Meanwhile, Élisabeth Abanda (Montreal, QC), Katarena Paliivets (Richmond Hill, ON) and Ekaterina Shulaeva (Oakville, ON) have been awarded main draw wildcards by Tennis Canada.

This year’s players list also includes 2008 Saguenay champion Alexa Glatch of the United States, 2009 singles finalist and doubles champion Severine Beltrame of France who is also a former Top 50 player as is fellow entrant Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.

Brits dominate ITF wheelchair event in Montreal

Some of the world’s top wheelchair tennis players were at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal over the weekend to compete in the Tennis Canada International Championships, an ITF2 Series event. In the end, it was the Brits who dominated, sweeping the singles titles and exceling in doubles. World No. 16 Gordon Reid was crowned champion in men’s singles, World No. 9 Lucy Shuker won the women’s title and Jamie Burdekin claimed top honours in the quad division. The tournament’s top Canadian was Gary Luker (Stoney Creek, ON) who was a finalist in singles and doubles in the quad draws. Visit www.lovemeansnothing.ca for all of the final results.

Tuesday Results & Wednesday Order of Play for Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

NEWPORT, R.I., July 6, 2010 - Americans and top seeds Sam Querrey, Mardy Fish and Rajeev Ram were among the players to advance today when first round competition at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships continued in Newport, R.I. Nicolas Mahut, who famously played in the longest match in tennis history last month, also advanced, following an 83-minute match in which he defeated Columbia’s Alejandro Falla, whose own Wimbledon match was a grueling 198-minute battle with Roger Federer. Querrey, who won his first grass-court title last month at Queen’s Club and was a finalist in Newport last summer, defeated countryman Jesse Levine in straight sets. In another all-American match up, Fish defeated Michael Russell. In today’s final Center Court match, defending champion Rajeev Ram overcame Spain’s Ivan Navarro.

The action continues tomorrow with Fish facing India’s Somdev Devvarman first on Center Court, followed by No. 1 seed Sam Querry versus Jamaican Dustin Brown. Nicolas Mahut returns to Center Court for the third match, when he will face Canada’s Frank Dancevic. Wednesday’s final match on Center Court will be an All-American contest between 18-year-old Ryan Harrison and 17-year-old Denis Kudla, who both received wild cards for the tournament.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Order of Play for Wednesday, July 7.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Singles Main Draw.
Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Doubles Main Draw.

Following are Tuesday’s results and the Order of Play for Wednesday, July 7.

RESULTS – JULY 6, 2010
Singles – First Round
[1] S Querrey (USA) d J Levine (USA) 63 63
[2] S Giraldo (COL) d [Q] A Peya (AUT) 76(1) 16 64
[WC] N Mahut (FRA) d [3] A Falla (COL) 63 16 63
[5] M Fish (USA) d M Russell (USA) 61 62
[7] R Ram (USA) d I Navarro (ESP) 63 76(3)
B Dabul (ARG) d C Ball (AUS) 57 62 01 Retired
[Q] S Bubka (UKR) d C Guccione (AUS) 76(0) 64
[Q] R Klaasen (RSA) d I Bozoljac (SRB) 76(5) 76(0)
S Devvarman (IND) d K Kim (USA) 64 63
[WC] D Kudla (USA) d S Ventura (ESP) 63 36 75
[Q] R Bloomfield (GBR) d C Rochus (BEL) 76(1) 63

Doubles – First Round
T Bednarek (POL) / D Brown (JAM) d S Giraldo (COL) / O Rochus (BEL) 76(13) 62
N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d A Falla (COL) / S Prieto (ARG) 67(2) 76(4) 10-5
M Kohlmann (GER) / A Peya (AUT) d K Beck (SVK) / R Wassen (NED) 64 64
ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010

CENTER start 11:00 a.m.
[5] M Fish (USA) vs S Devvarman (IND)
[1] S Querrey (USA) vs D Brown (JAM)
F Dancevic (CAN) vs [WC] N Mahut (FRA)
[WC] R Harrison (USA) vs [WC] D Kudla (USA)
COURT 1 start 11:00 a.m.
B Dabul (ARG) vs G Soeda (JPN)
[Q] R Klaasen (RSA) vs [7] R Ram (USA)
[Q] R Bloomfield (GBR) vs [2] S Giraldo (COL)
[1] M Fish (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs C Ball (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS)
M Gicquel (FRA) / S Ventura (ESP) vs [2] R Ram (USA) / J Rojer (AHO)

COURT 2 start 11:00 a.m.
[3] R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) vs J Erlich (ISR) / S Lipsky (USA)
J Marray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) vs [WC] J Cerretani (USA) / A Shamasdin (CAN)
[4] O Rochus (BEL) vs [Q] S Bubka (UKR)
[WC] S Huss (AUS) / J Sirianni (AUS) vs [4] S Gonzalez (MEX) / T Rettenmaier (USA)

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About the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour event, will be held July 5 – 11, 2010 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament draws 32 top male players to Newport direct from Wimbledon to compete for the Van Alen Cup and $442,500 in prize money. Hosted on the legendary grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the only ATP World Tour event played on grass in North America. In conjunction with the tournament, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will host the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 10. The Campbell Soup Company is the title sponsor of the tournament In addition, the tournament is made possible through the generous support of numerous Official Partners, including BNP Paribas, Corona Extra, Chubb Personal Insurance and Rolex Watch U.S.A. For additional information, visit www.tennisfame.com