Canada Defeats Chile After Day 1 of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup

 Canada's junior team -- featuring Thomas Venos (Anmore, BC) and Tomas Bourassa (Delta, BC) -- beat Team Chile 3-0 this morning at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in wheelchair tennis. 

Considered to be the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis, the tournament will see 25 nations play across four different categories (men’s, women’s, quad, and junior) from May 1-7, 2017. This is the first time in 15 years that Canada has sent a junior team to the prestigious event.

"It was my dream to see these two young men play at a World Team Cup, and they exceeded even my expectations today," said Coach Steve Manley (Vancouver, BC). "They played with so much composure and grit."

Venos, 17, defeated Ezequiel Riveros 6-0, 6-4 . Thomas Bourassa, who is also 17, beat Eric Ignacio Fuentes 6-0, 6-0. Bourassa also partnered with Ontario's Puisand Lai to win a double's match.

Tomorrow, Canada's junior team will face The Netherlands. Canada's quad team -- which features Sarah Hunter (Surrey, BC) and Mika Ishikawa (Vancouver, BC) -- will play tomorrow against Great Britain.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the athletes via Skype, contact:
Arley Cruthers
Communications and Marketing Manager
BC Wheelchair Sports Association
Cell: 778-788-9091
Email: arley@bcwheelchairsports.com