Canadian Vasek Pospisil will be back at STADE IGA, which, two years ago, set the trajectory for his career.
In 2013, the British Columbian reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, taking down Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and John Isner of the US on his way.
Pospisil was then stopped in his tracks by Milos Raonic in a match that went to a tiebreak in the third.
“There’s a good energy for me,” said Pospisil at a press conference on Sunday. “And I’ve been playing well. In 2013, I raised my game and playing here again could help.”
In the two years since his success in Montreal, things have changed considerably for Pospisil. He’s coming back as the 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion, a title he shares with American Jack Sock.
Currently ranked world no.49, the Canadian spent a few weeks in the Top 30 before falling out due to injuries.
Plagued by back problems in 2014, Pospisil suffered a wrist injury at Wimbledon, where he played two five-set matches: one in singles versus Viktor Troicki of Serbia and one in doubles with Sock against Jamie Murray of Great Britain and John Peers of Australia.
“It took a bit of time for my body to heal and for me to get back into it,” explained Pospisil. “I played great tennis last week, I feel good at the moment and I’m excited for my first-round match.”
The 25-year-old received a wildcard from event organizers into the main draw and will face a qualifier in the first round.
If he gets by, he could face Isner (16). The two met a few days ago in the third round in Washington. Isner took the match in two.
Stan Wawrinka (3) and Raonic (8) are in the same side of the draw as Pospisil.
The British Columbian will not play doubles.
“I’m playing in the qualifications in Cincinnati [next week],” explained Pospisil. “If I play well in doubles, I can’t play in the qualifying event there. And Montreal is a tournament where I have a good chance of doing well in singles.”