June 24th, 2024

Canada’s Andreescu to make her return at French Open, Diallo qualifies

By The Canadian Press on May 23, 2024.

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu will make her anticipated return to action at the French Open. Andreescu returns to Camila Giorgi of Italy, during the National Bank Open tennis tournament in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

PARIS – Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu will make her anticipated return to action at the French Open.

Andreescu was in Thursday’s official draw for the clay-court Grand Slam event and will face Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo. The 23-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., hasn’t played since August after injuring her back at the women’s National Bank Open in Montreal.

The 2019 U.S. Open champion had her best career performance at Roland-Garros last year when she reached the third round.

The other Canadians in the main draw are Leylah Fernandez from Laval, Que., on the women’s side, and Felix Auger-Aliassime and Gabriel Diallo, both from Montreal, along with Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., on the men’s side

The 22-year-old Diallo advanced to his first career Grand Slam main draw with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Switzerland’s Alexander Ritschard on Thursday in the final round of men’s qualifying.

Nineteen-year-old Marina Stakusic of Mississauga, Ont. can advance to her first Grand Slam main draw when she faces Ukraine’s Yuliia Starodubtseva on Friday in the final round of the women’s qualifying tournament.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2024.

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