Another Canadian’s Wimbledon run came to an end today.
Daniel Nestor and French partner Kristina Mladenovic were dumped in straight sets by an American duo in the quarter-finals.
Nestor is one of this countries greatest athletes. Ever. We don’t see him a lot because he plays doubles, men’s or mixed, generally on the back courts at pretty much any time of the clock during tennis tournaments.
You might remember his big moment in singles play. At 19, he defeated then Aussie Open finalist from Sweden, Stefan Edberg here at the Agridome in Davis Cup play. The left-hander came from behind to win in five sets. At the time Vasek Pospisil was 20-months-old in Vernon.
In men’s doubles at the All England club, the Canuck and fellow 42-year-old geezer Leander Paes lost in the third round.
To show how remarkable Nestor is, here are some of his achievements. He has earned eight Grand Slam men’s doubles titles. He has at least one of each, and has triumphed at Wimbledon twice. Nestor has cashed a winner’s cheque 87 times, with nine different partners.
Since turning pro in 1991, he has banked almost $12 million in career prize money.
Nestor has an Olympic gold medal in doubles from 2000 in Sydney and would like to play for a sixth time at the five ring circus.
Hopefully the now 25-year-old Pospisil, who has credited his elder for some of his doubles success which includes a Wimbledon title, deems him worthy to play, sporting the maple leaf in Rio de Janeiro next summer.