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National Bank Circuit : Eleven Countries will be represented at the Gatineau National Bank Futures Tournament

The players list for the Garineau National Bank Futures was unveiled on Thursday. Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the tournament, which offers $15, 000 U.S. in total prize money, will be held from March 3-11, 2012 at the Sporthèque in Gatineau.

“We are very happy to be coming back to Gatineau as it is an event that is very much appreciated by the players,“ said Richard Quirion, Director of the National Bank Circuit. “This is a unique opportunity for those who appreciate tennis to watch the game’s stars of tomorrow.”

The tournament promises to be rich in emotion. With eleven countries represented in the main draw, the 2012 edition of the tournament will have the deepest field ever assembled in Gatineau given that the tournament is now a $15,000 event for the first time instead of a $10,000Futures.

It is also a chance to get to know our up and coming Canadian players. Named Newcomer of the Year on the ATP World Tour in 2011, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) played the Gatineau event in 2007 and 2008. Hoping to follow in Roanic’s footsteps using Gatineau as a stepping stone will be promising Canadian prospect Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC). Ranked no. 5 on the ITF world junior rankings, Peliwo, who reached the final of the junior Australian Open in January, has been granted a wildcard into the main draw. Three more Canadians will be given main draw wildcards in the next few days.

Several other players will also be worth keeping an eye on including top seed Stefan Seifert of Germany, ranked no. 240 in the world. Second-seeded Vincent Millot of France returns to Gatineau after being crowned champion of the event in 2009. In addition, South Africa’s Fritz Wolmarans, who played the National Bank Circuit in 2011 and won his first Challenger title in Rimouski, will be back in Quebec again this year.

The Gatineau National Bank Futures is the first in a series of three consecutive tournaments that will be held throughout the province during the month of March. The circuit will makes stops in Sherbrooke for another Futures event and end in Rimouski where a $35,000 will be played.

For more information on the National Bank Circuit, please visit http://www.circuitbanquenationale.com

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