Canadian Fans Angry at Tennis Canada On How they Handled US Open Victory

Published 09/25/2023, 1:01 PM EDT

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Tennis Canada’s response to Gabriela Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe’s US Open doubles victory has ignited controversy for one glaring omission. While Tennis Canada warmly congratulated Gabriela, Erin was notably absent in the post.

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This omission, however inadvertent, has cast a shadow over what should have been a moment of unbridled pride for Canadian tennis. Fans took immediate notice of this fact and lashed out at Tennis Canada almost immediately. While Tennis Canada has given an official response as to why they left Erin out, it still left a sour taste in the mouths of a lot of fans.

Erin Routliffe: A Canadian Journey

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Canada played a significant role in Erin’s Tennis Journey. Born to Canadian parents during a global sailing adventure in Auckland, Erin’s early years were marked by international exposure. However, at the age of four, her family returned to Canada, marking the beginning of her tennis odyssey. For eight years, she proudly represented Canada on the international stage, embodying the spirit of Canadian tennis.

In 2017, Erin made a significant decision to switch her allegiance to New Zealand, her country of birth. According to Tennis Canada, Erin decided to switch associations to make it easier for her to participate in the Billie Jean King Cup. She decided to represent New Zealand as it was a strategic choice that aligned with her professional aspirations. It allowed her to compete at a higher level, providing opportunities for growth in her tennis career.

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Tennis Canada used this switch as the reason to leave Erin out of the post, claiming she’s not associated with the Canadian federation. Naturally, a lot of fans were angry, asking Tennis Canada how it could not recognize Canadian heritage.

Tennis Canada’s Response: An Oversight Unveiled

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Tennis Canada’s response to the US Open victory was a mixed bag. While they rightfully celebrated Gabriela Dabrowski’s achievement, the omission of Erin Routliffe was an unfortunate oversight. It’s crucial to understand that Erin, too, played an integral role in securing the US Open doubles title. Her contributions should definitely not go unnoticed.

The organization’s statement regarding Erin’s switch to represent New Zealand provides some context for her absence in the celebratory post. However, it doesn’t excuse the failure to acknowledge her role in this victory.

The controversy surrounding Tennis Canada’s response underscores the importance of inclusivity and fairness in recognizing athletes’ achievements. The fans feel that the accomplishments of athletes should be celebrated, regardless of their choice to represent another country. This should particularly hold true when the victory comes at a stage as big as the U.S. Open.

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Tennis Canada’s handling of Gabriela Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe’s US Open victory has stirred controversy due to the omission of Erin Routliffe in the celebratory post. While the organization’s statement about Erin’s switch to represent New Zealand offers context, it does not justify leaving her out of the acknowledgment. This incident highlights the importance of fairness and inclusivity in recognizing athletes’ achievements, emphasizing that every contributor to a winning team deserves recognition, regardless of their national affiliation.

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Anirudh Kidambi covers Viral Sports Moments at EssentiallySports, and has been an avid writer for over 3 years. Apart from following Formula 1, eSports and cricket, he loves to read and swim whenever he gets the chance to. If you don’t see him in front of his laptop writing, gaming or watching movies, you can find him actively participating in local quiz clubs.
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