Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil wins Wimbledon doubles final

Vasek Pospisil

Vancouverite Vasek Pospisil and his American partner Jack Sock are the champions of the 2014 Wimbledon Gentleman’s Doubles, marking a major breakthrough in Canadian tennis.

Pospisil and Sock were underdogs, 24 and 21 respectively, came out of nowhere in the competition to upset American twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan – last year’s champions. The young pair won the title in a nail-biting, tug-of-war match of five sets (6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7) that lasted for just over 3 hours.

They are the first team since 2000 to win the Grand Slam title in their first competition together.

On Friday, Pospisil and his partner won in the semi-finals with a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-4 upset victory against India’s Leander Paes and Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek. He entered the Wimbledon doubles event at the very last minute after overcoming a series of injuries throughout the series.

While Pospisil succeeded, fellow Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard failed to win a title at Wimbledon this year. However, their collective performances in their respective competitions were unprecedented for Canadian tennis.






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