Chalk up another doubles victory for Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski! She and her doubles partner, Xu Yifan, moved into the round of 8 at the French Open with a win earlier today. On Tuesday, she and her mixed doubles partner, Mate Pavic, will play a quarter final match. Gabriela, or ‘Gaby’ as she prefers to be called is the last remaining Canadian player at the Roland-Garros Grand Slam tournament in Paris.
She won the French Open mixed doubles title with Rohan Bopanna in 2017, becoming the first Canadian woman to win a senior Grand Slam title. With Mate Pavić, she also won the 2018 Australian Open mixed doubles title.
Gabriela Dabrowski was born in Ottawa and grew up in Gloucester. She started playing tennis at age 7, and it was clear from an early age that she had the talent to make a go of a pro career. Her parents couldn’t afford to both travel with her, so Gabriela’s father accompanied her to her earliest international tournaments, often taking to the road for more than six months of a year, while her mother, who earned more, stayed in Ottawa.
Gaby started off playing singles, but said she now focuses mostly on doubles as that’s what “pays the bills.” Ottawa is not conducive to year-round outdoor preparation for world-class tennis, though, so the 27-year-old has made Tampa, Fla., her training base and home away from home.
We wish her continued success in Paris and throughout the year!
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