As Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic continue to serve up wins on the biggest stages in the world, some say it's leading to a rise in the popularity of tennis here in Edmonton.
Ryan Schraffel, a tennis coach in Edmonton, grew up watching the sport and is thrilled to see Canadians doing so well at the highest levels.
“I was glued to the TV, just hoping there would be a Canadian that would make it deep into the second round of a grand slam like this and really put Canadian tennis on the map,” he said.
Schraffel coaches Danny Wu, 14, a junior tennis player who competes against players from around the world. Wu said opponents who hasn’t heard of him were not threatened by him going into games.
“When I was younger, it was like Canadian tennis was not very high level,” he said. “You go to international tournament and nobody expects much.”
Aliana Jurca has been playing tennis for nine years and says she is seeing a lot of new players joining the sport.
“I think a lot of juniors are just joining now because of all the success that’s been happening lately,” she said. “So there’s more tennis players now.”
Both Wu and Jurca are competing in an international tournaments this weekend. Watching Bouchard and Raonic has been inspiring and encouraging for these young athletes.
“Just maybe I have a shot,” Wu said. “Anyone from Canada can do it.”