Ball of Timelessness


— Organizers of an exhibition tennis event are hoping the rising star power of Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard will help fill the Bell Centre for a night.

Raonic, Canada’s top-ranked men’s player of all time at No. 15, and Wimbledon junior champion Bouchard will take on opponents yet to be determined at the Montreal Rendez-Vous on March 18.

“It was a delightful opportunity because I’ve tried to do the same thing in Toronto to help the sport grow,” Raonic said at the announcement on Monday. “Tennis is difficult.

Players and organizers spoke of top talent like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or even Roger Federer as possible opponents for Raonic and Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova for Bouchard, but it remains to be seen who they will face.

“Anyone’s special,” said 18-year-old Bouchard, the Westmount, Que., native who won junior titles in singles and doubles at Wimbledon and is now tackling…

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