Brayden Schnur of Toronto was the lone Canadian standing after the first round of the qualifying event for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at STADE IGA in Montréal.
The 20-year-old disposed of 12th seed Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium in two sets (6-4, 6-3). Last year, Schnur caused a stir when he fought his way into the main draw of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. On Sunday, he will face fifth seed Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan on National Bank Court at 10 a.m.
But the four other Canadians didn’t fare as well. Isade Juneau fell to first seed Nicolas Mahut of France (6-1, 7-5). Peter Polansky put up a good fight but lost in two tight sets (7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)) to tenth seed Rajeev Ram of the US. David Volfson lost to Schnur’s next opponent, Yen-Hsun Lu, in two (6-1, 6-1). Finally, Kelsey Stevenson was no match for Hyeon Chung of Korea (6-2, 6-1).
Thanasi Kokkinakis (2) of Australia lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France (7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5)), and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov (3) saved three break points at 5-5 in the last set to send Dudi Sela home (6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2)).
The remaining first-round survivors are Ernests Gulbis (9), Mikhail Youzny (13), Alejandro Gonzalez, Alejandro Falla, James Duckworth (11), Donald Young (4) and Denis Kudla (7).
On Sunday, the stadium gates open at 9 a.m. and the matches get underway at 10. Seven players will survive and enter the main draw, which starts on Monday.