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How Canadian tennis players fared across all four 2023 Grand Slams

From Felix Auger-Aliassime to Leylah Fernandez, Canada has produced some of the brightest young players on the tennis circuit but it is fair to say that 2023 has been a year to forget.

The nation's top players have had a tumultuous season, culminating in a US Open performance which was the country's worst showing at a major since 2008.

Here is a look at how the Canadians have fared across all four Grand Slams this year.

Auger-Aliassime shows promise at Australian Open

Defeat to Mackenzie McDonald in the first round of the US Open was Auger-Aliassime's 11th defeat in his last 14 matches in all competitions and it has been a down year for the 23-year-old.

It did not start out that way as Auger-Aliassime showed promise at the season's first Grand Slam - the Australian Open.

Auger-Aliassime made it to the fourth round in Melbourne as the sixth seed, having even taken a one-set lead against Jiri Lehecka, who knocked him out.

He followed that with a couple of decent showings in Rotterdam and Qatar but his season was downhill from there and it would not get any better than his Australian Open performance.

Andreescu and Shapovalov shine in underwhelming French Open

The French Open has always been Denis Shapovalov's weakest Grand Slam but this year it was the one in which he showed the most promise.

On the Paris clay, Shapovalov reached the third round but ran into top seed Carlos Alcaraz, who dispatched him in straight sets.

Before that, Shapovalov played well with wins over Brandon Nakashima and Matteo Arnaldi but the third round draw did him no favours.

Andreescu was another to reach the third round of the French Open singles, having set the tone with victory over 18th seed Victoria Azarenka to begin with before defeat to Lesia Tsurenko two matches later.

Little to shout about at Wimbledon

Shapovalov was once again Canada's most successful player at Wimbledon this year as he reached the fourth round - the nation's joint-best performance at any Grand Slam singles event in 2023.

After beating Radu Albot, Gregoire Barrere and Liam Broady, there was belief that Shapovalov could go further but he suffered a surprise defeat to the unseeded Roman Safiullin in four sets in his fourth match.

As was the case at the French Open, Auger-Aliassime crashed out in the first round, while veteran Raonic made it to the second round, as did Fernandez.

Andreescu, meanwhile, reached the third round, matching her performance at the French Open.

Absences hinder US Open progress

Playing across the border from their home country, the US Open often represents the best opportunity for Grand Slam success for Canadians: Andreescu won the tournament in 2019 and Fernandez was the runner up in 2021.

That could not have been further from this year's reality.

Not a single player progressed beyond the first round of the singles tournaments in New York.

Across the course of the year, there was no Canadian representation in the quarter-finals of any Grand Slam singles events.

Auger-Aliassime once again cut a frustrated figure as he went down against McDonald, following up poor performances in Wimbledon, the Washington Citi Open and the ATP Toronto.

Raonic could at least be forgiven for losing his opener given it was against seventh-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Fernandez was beaten in three sets by Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Canada were not helped at the US Open by absences either though.

A knee injury has restricted Shapovalov's progress all season and it caused him to withdraw from Flushing Meadows, while Andreescu was also kept out by a back problem.

That did not help Canada's cause at the end of what has been a frustrating and underwhelming campaign.

At the time of writing Auger-Aliassime remains 15th in the ATP world rankings - Canada's highest-rated player - but things will need to improve in 2024 if he is to stay there.

Shapovalov, meanwhile, was the most promising Canadian in Grand Slam singles events this year and was in 26th spot at the time of the US Open, while Andreescu is the highest-ranked women's player in 51st position in the WTA standings.

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