Raonic to open against Carreno Busta at Wimbledon

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Milos Raonic

Canadians Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, and Vasek Pospisil learned their first-round opponents for Wimbledon on Friday, as the third Slam of the year conducted its official draw in London

The highest-ranked Canadian, Raonic is seeded No. 6 and will take on Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta who is currently ranked world No. 45. It will be the first meeting between the two athletes. Raonic is in the same quarter as world No. 1 and current holder of all four major titles, Novak Djokovic. Prior to a meeting with Djokovic, he could face No. 27 seed Jack Sock in the third round and No. 11 David Goffin in the fourth round. A 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist, Raonic made the third round last year. He will commence his 2016 campaign on Monday.

Pospisil is the second Canadian in the men’s singles draw. The world No. 44, who just turned 26 years old on Thursday, will also face a Spanish player in No. 36 Albert Ramos-Vinolas. It will be their first encounter. Pospisil reached his first career Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon last season, and if he gets past Ramos-Vinolas, his next opponents could be No. 25 seed Viktor Troicki in the second round followed by No. 7 Richard Gasquet.

In the women’s draw, Canada will have a lone representative in Eugenie Bouchard. The former finalist at the All England Club will take on Magdalena Rybarikova. Currently world No. 48 to Rybarikova’s No. 92, Bouchard owns a 1-0 advantage over the Slovakian from the hard courts of Beijing back in 2013. The 22-year-old is in the same quarter as No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who she lost to earlier this week at the WTA event in Eastbourne. Before then, standing in her way could be No. 16 Johanna Konta and No. 19 Dominika Cibulkova.

Both Pospisil and Bouchard will play their opening matches on Tuesday.

In doubles, Daniel Nestor is seeded No. 9 with British partner Dominic Inglot. The two will be competing in the Nottingham final this weekend before heading to Wimbledon. Pospisil is also in the men’s doubles draw, seeded No. 8 with Jack Sock, while Adil Shamasdin has received a wild card alongside Brit Jonathan Marray, the 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion.

On the women’s side, Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Bouchard will actually face off against each other in the first round. Dabrowski is playing with Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, with whom she just won her third WTA doubles title at Mallorca, while Bouchard is teamed with another former Wimbledon singles finalist, German Sabine Lisicki.

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