We all know that Canada is not, per say, a tennis country. But it doesn’t keep the country from having very good players, even great ones. Right now, everyone in the tennis world is (rightfully so) crazy about the accomplishments of young Milos Raonic, and there are others coming up, such as Vasek Pospisil, all of them joining past players like Grant Connell, Sébastien Lareau, Simon Larose and Martin Laurendeau, for instance, in their pursuit of tennis success.
But another name is now legend, not only in the world of Canadian tennis, but in the tennis world and he’s recently received yet another great honour by being inducted onto Canada’s Walk of Fame, in Toronto. And this legendary player is the always very low-key but extremely good doubles champion Daniel Nestor.
After being appointed Member of the Order of Canada at the beginning of the year, it’s another well-deserved honour that befalls Canada’s most successful tennis player. The Belgrade native, Toronto-raised leftie is, after all, the only Canadian tennis player who can say he has a Career Golden Slam and has won all the Masters 1000 tournaments at least once. That last addition to his long list of credentials happened in Shanghai, as he and his partner Max Mirnyi won the title by defeating Michaël Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.
With 7 Grand Slam titles, 25 Masters 1000 titles, 1 Olympic gold medal and all in all a total of 74 titles, 39-year-old Nestor is, without a doubt, the greatest Canadian ever to play the game of tennis. And I’m sure he’ll have yet more titles before he is ready to hang his racquet for good.
Congratulations on this well-deserved honour, Daniel! You really do us proud!