On Monday, the City of Ottawa officially dedicated the Gabriela Dabrowski Tennis Courts at the Russell Boyd Park, on Bernard Street, in the south end, where the Canadian doubles star first honed her craft and still practices today. The city first arranged for needed repairs on the courts, which included aspects such as technical drawings, the rest came from a multi-year, $1-million “community contribution” by the Tomlinson Family Foundation.
Following a brief ceremony and practice session with a handful of teens, Gabriela told reporters, “So much blood, sweat and tears have been shed on this court, and it’s pretty remarkable that I’m still here years later,” adding, “I don’t know if I’ll ever be coaching some day, but hopefully I’ll be trying to grow tennis in the community as best I can, and around Canada. If I inspire one kid to pick up a racquet, to me that’s awesome.”
Up next for Gabriela, the current doubles World No.9 and two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion, a wild-card spot in the Vancouver Open. Then there will be a short vacation trip with an Australian friend from Florida before she heads to New York for mixed and women’s doubles in the U.S. Open, this year’s final Grand Slam event.
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