One to watch! It was only a few years ago that Canada’s first female Grand Slam tennis champion was doing her laundry on the road and booking her own flights and hotels. Last year, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and India’s Rohan Bopanna won the 2017 French Open mixed doubles final. Later today, she and her Women’s Doubles partner Xu Yifan will be playing in the Australian Open Quarter finals. They are ranked 6th in that tournament. That game is scheduled for 10:30 PM, our time.
Gabriela grew up in Gloucester, and it was clear from an early age that she had the talent to make a go of a pro career. Her father accompanied her to her earliest international tournaments, often taking to the road for six months of a year, while her mother, who earned more, stayed in Ottawa. By the time she was 20, Gabriela was traveling on her own. She started off playing singles, but said she now focuses mostly on doubles as that’s what “pays the bills.”