Peter Polansky has shared his joy of having been drafted to the main draw of Wimbledon in putting on Twitter a picture of the Joker from the movie “The dark Knight”.
The picture representing the character played by Heath Ledger who is leading a police car, with his head out the window, eyes closed and hair in the wind, was accompanied by a sentence of Polansky that summarizes perfectly its season in Grand Slam tournaments so far : “You have to beat me twice to see me leave.”
His participation as a player drafted at Wimbledon was his third of the year. Ontario thus became the first tennis player of the modern era to be admitted to the main board of the three major tournaments consecutive season this way.
As to the qualifications of the International in the United States began on Tuesday, it could improve its own brand.
“I’d like to access it directly, gaining the qualifications this time, he admitted, laughing during a phone interview. But if I reach the last round of the qualification, it is still a possibility. I think it would be really cool , in fact, to reach the main draw this way. My name would be in the record books for a long time. I don’t think nobody could beat it.”
The players recovered — or “lucky losers” — the are when the heads of series or holders of laissez-passer, withdrew from a tournament, which allows players who have lost their last game of qualifying to take their place in the main table prior to the start of activities.
The four losers holding the best rank is found as well in a random draw to determine who gets the square, a process that ensures that the player with the best ranking only messes up not his last qualifying match intentionally.
This method has tested the nerves of Polansky this season, especially at Wimbledon, when he was drafted later than expected, once Pablo Andujar is to be removed.
“At Wimbledon, three guys were removed before qualifying, so we knew that there would be three losers who would reach the main switchboard, explained Polansky. I didn’t know it until the next day. So it was a little unnerving. I had a good hunch, but you don’t want to rely on luck.”
A tower and then goes
Polansky, who advanced to the 120th largest in the world, has enjoyed success on the circuit to challenge this season, winning including the tournament of Granby. But he has not yet signed to victory in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament in 2018.
It is tilted in front of the Russian Karen Khachanov in the Australian open, before defeats against the Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert in Roland-Garros and the Austrian Dennis Novak on grass in london.
“My duel at Wimbledon seemed, on paper at least, the more accessible, said Polansky. But I lost against an opponent who played the big tennis on grass, while all three games have been very difficult. It is a bit disappointing to be drafted and lose in the first round. I think that the odds of losing all of the majors in the first round are rather low.
“If you play well you will win games here and there. So it has been difficult. I would say, however, that it is quite a feat to achieve every time the last round of the qualifications.”
Polansky, who turned pro in 2007, has reached his highest world ranking this year, as he made his way to the 110th level on the 25th of June, 10 days after celebrating its 30th anniversary. Even after 11 years on the circuit of the ATP, there are no plans to slow down anytime soon.
“I know that I have more than 20 years and that the time plays against me, but I find that I progress, that my game is going in the right direction. I so much love this sport. But even more important, I still like to know a good day to workout.
“Some players lose their motivation. I think it has been one of my strengths in my career : to give everything day after day. I’ve always liked it.”
The three top players in men — canadian Milos Raonic (25th), Denis Shapovalov (18th) and Vasek Pospisil (88th) — have all had direct qualification to the main draw for the tournament at Flushing Meadows, which gets underway next Monday. The young Québécois Félix Auger-Aliassime (116th), it will be qualifications.
RAONIC RETURNS TO THE TOP 25
Milos Raonic has won four places, climbing to the 25th position.
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The Canadian Milos Raonic is back among the top 25 players in the ranking of the ATP, published on Monday.
Raonic, of Thornhill, Ontario, has gained four places, climbing to the 25th position after having reached the quarter-finals of the Masters in Cincinnati last week.
Raonic has had a very good tournament, even managing to remove a set at the future champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals before losing 5-7, 6-4, 3-6.
His fellow countryman Denis Shapovalov, defeated by Raonic in the third round of this tournament, has also won four seats and now holds the 28th rank.
The Spanish Rafael Nadal, who has not played in Cincinnati, remains at the top of the hierarchy of the tennis male. Switzerland’s Roger Federer remains the second-largest, followed by Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, of the German Alexander Zverev and the South African Kevin Anderson.
Djokovic, who has regained form after a difficult start to the year, has earned four places and is now sixth.
Vasek Pospisil, of Vancouver, has experienced the major growth in the Canadian, from the 94th to 88th place as a result of his presence in the semi-finals of the tournament in his hometown last week.
Bouchard wins five seats
In the women classification, the Romanian Simona Halep throne always at the forefront. It followed up a victory two weeks ago in Montreal with a defeat in the final round against Kiki Bertens in Cincinnati.
The Danish Caroline Wozniacki, American Sloane Stephens, German Angelique Kerber and Czech Petra Kvitova complete the top 5 of the hierarchy of the WTA.
Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard was the top Canadian, in the 123rd rank. Bouchard has won five places after reaching the quarter-finals in Vancouver. Carol Zhao and Bianca Andreescu follow, respectively, the 161st and 208e positions. Francoise Abanda has slipped to the 210th position.