What does the future hold for Canadian tennis? Mon, August 17, 2009
By BILL LANKHOF, SUN MEDIA
It is slightly more than a decade ago that Medhat El Tabakh left Egypt in search of a brighter future for his family.
His daughter Heidi got a taste of that future when she won a spot in the main draw of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at York University's Rexall Centre.
Still just 22, Heidi has moved up in the world rankings this year, from No. 347 to No. 195, giving Canada six players ranked in the top 200 for the first time.
No. 39 Aleksandra Wozniak, No. 104 Stephanie Dubois, and No. 162 Valerie Tetreault are half of the six Canadians ranked within the top 200. That, coupled with the recent improved performances on the men's side by Frank Dancevic, Peter Polansky and Milos Raonic has Canadian tennis harkening back to its golden age in the 1970s.
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