Team Canada opens up against Greece in Brisbane

BRISBANE, Australia – The ATP Cup opens Friday in Brisbane with a delectable young guns encounter between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov.

But first, a match that is more indicative of what many of the country versus country battles will look like.

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Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime, age 19 and ranked No. 21, takes on Michail Pervolarakis, ranked No. 487 at age 23.

It’s a major mismatch on paper. But you never know what will happen on the court – especially as it’s the first match of the season for Auger-Aliassime.

The Canadian No. 2 has played just once since early October, when he came on in the final of the Davis Cup in Madrid and lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain.

Here’s what Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime looked like early this morning, when they warmed up on the stadium court.

Elsewhere on the grounds, teammates Peter Polansky and Steven Diez hit together, and doubles specialist Adil Shamasdin also had a hit.

Mismatch coming?

Here’s the scoreboard test the tournament had up all afternoon on Thursday.

We’ll see if that turns out to be prescient.

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