Canadian Tennis Craze — Raonic, Marino into Men’s and Women’s Finals at Memphis
by Jeremy Davis | February 19th, 2011, 2:17 pm

Historically never a tennis power, Canada has a lot to cheer for in 2011 with the breakthroughs of players Rebecca Marino on the women’s side and Milos Raonic on the men’s.
Both are physically imposing players — Marino stands at 6-foot, while Raonic looks somewhat like a tennis lab’s Dr. Frankenstein creation, a 14-year-old’s head and torso placed upon the legs and arms of a giant at 6-foot-5. He will grow into the body, but the legs let him cover the entire court, and the arms the entire net. You have to think he is not done growing. And he has that pigeon-toed walk, seen on really good movers like Andre Agassi.

Later today (Saturday) Marino will take on Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova in the Cellular South Cup women’s final in Memphis. In the semifinals the No. 6-seeded Canadian defeated Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-1 in the third after losing the first set in a tiebreak.

Marino has also been blogging for the WTA website during the week.

“During my match I had to take a medical time out for my left ab,” Marino wrote after her semifinal. “The trainer asked me if I needed to go off court for the treatment or if I wanted to stay on court. Since it wasn’t necessary to go off court (in my opinion) I stayed so she could treat me there. So if you were watching the match you got an extra little “side show” by seeing a sneak peek at my stomach. I hope my pasty white tummy didn’t blind you; it’s almost translucent it’s so pale! The reason it’s so white? I don’t go tanning, so most of my skin never sees the light of day!”

After last week winning his first ATP title at San Jose, this afternoon Raonic beat Mardy Fish 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the Memphis final. Only breaking on the scene last month at the Australian Open by reaching the round of 16, Raonic seemingly has no weaknesses. His serve is a monster. He batters forehand and two-handed backhand winners from the back court, and has variety with a slice backhand that is at his height is like playing ping pong. He is aggressive and doesn’t hesitant to push in and end the point at the net. His return of serve is big. His volley is solid. He hammered 23 aces on Fish. This kid is a nightmare for anyone he faces. Ask Top 10er Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, who lost to Raonic in the San Jose finals, then lost to him again a couple days later in the first round at Memphis.

Raonic will play either Andy Roddick or Juan Martin Del Potro in the Memphis final. Raonic and Frank Dancevic and Daniel Nestor give Canadian Davis Cup a lot to cheer aboot.

If you are a Canadian tennis fan the future is looking bright.

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20 Comments for Canadian Tennis Craze — Raonic, Marino into Men’s and Women’s Finals at Memphis

sharon Says:

It could be even crazier for Canada. Daniel Nestor might play in the doubles finals. Guaranteed there’ll never be another weekend like this for Canadian tennis.

Kim Rogers Says:

It is such a treat as a Canadian to finally see some wonderful tennis players from here starting to shine. I had seen Marino once before and was impressed and now Raonic – he is quite amazing, strong, well placed shots, and both seem quite cool, calom and collected.

GoCanada Says:

Did you know that Justin Bieber is also Canadian? LOL

barron Says:

GoCanada- lol Bieber!
For the author, Jeremy Davis. What’s this about the pigeon toed being good movers? Don’t know if its scientific, but you’re onto something, muzza is pigeon tied and we know he gets around the court! Sure plenty of non-pigeon toed are terrific movers, but its a funny coincidence to point out!

jane Says:

^ Yeah, but that one some of us are not so proud of, lol. “Arcade Fire” on the other hand, I can get behind!

But woot! This is exciting for Canadian tennis.

Andrew Miller Says:

U.S. will adopt the Canadian players soon…the USTA has to do something drastic!

Danielle Says:

LOL, that’s very funny.

Skeezerweezer Says:

What a time for Canada.

First there was Jane, then JB ( I’m a Beibliever ) then Milos. Oh Canada…..:-)

Kimmi Says:

Miller – Lol! Go Canada. its great to see a cheer like “GO Canada” on tennis..not just hockey :)

jane Says:

Skeeze, don’t forget Kimmi and Gordo, who else around here is from Canada? Can’t remember. :) But cheers!

Nestor and Mirnyi just won – so we have finalists in Ladies’ singles, Men’s singles, Men’s doubles.

“The Maple Leaf forever”, lol. I am not even that patriotic, as patriots go, but we’ve just never seen the likes of this in tennis. It’s something else.

jane Says:

Both blank and andrea are also Canadians I believe. :)

Kimmi Says:

nestor/mirnyi won! WOW! it is oh Canada in memphis!

Cherry Says:

Raonic continues to amaze us with his great performance. I hope he does well and win another title!

dari Says:

Who’s that guy in the pic for this article?

Kimmi Says:

looks like Olivier Rochus to me. why that pic?

Mike Swanquis Says:

What’s all the fuss aboot, eh? Jeez, the only good use for those there tennis rackets is as snow shoes in a bind, ya know? Any hoser knows that, eh!?

Andrew Miller Says:

I thought Dancevic and Polansky were the future of Canada on the ATP Tour…boy, was I wrong!

Kimmi Says:

ah, marino lost :( actually she retired injured. Too bad, no-one likes to retire in the final but if it is an injury then you cant do anything about that. good luck to her in the future. she is showing great promise already.

its now up to milos and nestor to keep the canadian flag pressure!

Skeezerweezer Says:


Kimmi, blank ,Andrea , gordo? Wow, very cool :)

blank Says:

Go Raonic!! :-)

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