Montreal, – The official draw ceremony for Wimbledon was held early Friday morning. Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC), and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) will be competing in singles at the third Grand Slam event of the tennis season in London, England.
Raonic posted his best Grand Slam result by reaching the semifinals last year at Wimbledon. The 24-year-old will open against Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Raonic beat the Spaniard, ranked no. 62 in the world, in their only meeting last year at the Australian Open. Seeded no. 7, Raonic is in the top half of the draw and could meet fast rising Aussie Nick Kyrgios in the third round. They played eachother last year in the quarter-finals. Raonic is returning from minor foot surgery that forced him to miss Roland-Garros. He played in Queen’s last week and lost in the quarter-finals to Frenchman Gilles Simon.
For his part, Pospisil will face qualifier Vincent Millot of France. Currently ranked no. 54 in the world, the Canadian has only one career win in singles on the grass at the famed SW19. In 2014, he lost in the first round to Robin Haase of the Netherlands, but won the doubles title alongside American Jack Sock. The pair will be looking to defend their prestigious trophy over the next two weeks.
Seeded no. 12 in the women’s draw, Bouchard will take on Ying-Ying Duan on China in the first round. The 21-year-old could go up against American Madison Keys in the third round. Bouchard, who was forced to retire from her third round match this week in Eastbourne with an abdominal injury, is the reigning Wimbledon finalist after finishing runner up last year to Czech Petra Kvitova. That’s not the only success the Canadian has enjoyed at the All-England Club. She was also crowned junior girls champion in 2012.
Raonic will play Monday while Bouchard and Pospisil will take to the courts for the first time on Tuesday.