Canada's Wimbledon stars spark Calgary tennis fever
Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic both in semi-finals for 1st time ever
For the first time, two Canadians have made it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon — and some say that success is doing wonders for the sport in Calgary.
Calgarians have watched Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic rise to fame over the past several years and as they rise through the rankings, more people have been signing up for tennis camps and dropping in to play around the city.
"It gives me a lot of motivation to set goals and achieve them," said Alec Morariu, a young Calgarian who comes with his friends to the Calgary Tennis Club.
Morariu says his friends at school are talking about tennis more than ever before, and they aren't the only ones noticing that.
William Tuer is assistant manager at the Calgary Tennis Club and says interest tends to peak in the sport around the time of the majors like the French Open and Wimbledon.
"There's definitely been lots more people picking up tennis rackets and signing up for camps and just coming in as drop-ins at the club as well," Tuer said.
But as the sport's popularity grows, so too does the pressure on existing facilities trying to catch up with demand.
And as Canada continues to become a major player, that pressure isn't expected to die down anytime soon.