Tennis Canada announced that a variety of young prospects have received wildcard entries into the Rogers Cup Masters 1000 main draw. Leading the charge is Aussie giant-slayer Nick Kyrgios and the reigning Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock.
Other recipients of wildcards were Canadians Frank Dancevic and Peter Polansky, who will join Rogers Cup mainstays Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil. Dancevic, ranked at world No. 123, reached the quarter-final stage of the tournament back in 2007. He will now be making his 11th appearance in the main draw of the tournament.
World No. 129 Polansky has never been past the second round of the Rogers Cup, which he succeeded in doing consecutively in 2009-10.
Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios enjoyed a breakthrough moment at the Wimbledon Championships last month when he toppled two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the tournament. The win propelled him from No. 144 to No. 69.
Jack Sock will likely earn a warm reception in Toronto after he successfully paired up with Vasek Pospisil to defeat the Bryan Brothers in an epic five set encounter at SW19. He will also be competing in doubles in Toronto, as the pair is 10-0 so far.
Four qualifying wild cards have also been handed out to four Canadians. World No. 259 Steven Diez (Toronto), No. 688 Pavel Krainik (Toronto), No. 270 Filip Peliwo (Vancouver), and world No. 609 Brayden Schnur (Pickering, Ont.) will be competing for a place in the main draw alongside several other top-ranked athletes on the ATP World Tour.