Sebastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor are Canada's men's doubles entries a the
Olympics. At the recent Tennis Masters Series-Canada, the sixth-seeded
Canadian duo captured the doubles for the biggest win of their recently
formed partnership. They had joined forces in January with the intent of
making a serious run at a medal at next month's Olympics. They were the
first Canadian team to win a major title at home since Harry Fauquier and
John Sharpe in 1968.
Their recrod this season is 15-3 with a top-10 ranking after the Tennis
Lareau and Nestor had come close several times to winning a title this
year. Their best result was reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last
month before losing a fifth-set heartbreaker to the world's No. 1 team of
Australians Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. The "Woodies" are among
their toughest opponents at the Games along with Paes and Bhupathi of
India, Kulti and Tillstron of Sweden, O'Brien and Palmer of the U.S.,
Kuerten and Oncins of Brazil and Rafter and Hewitt of Australia.
Lareau started playing at age five following in the footsteps of his
parents who enjoyed the sport as a recreational activity. His strengths
are his cat-like reflexes and hand-eye coordination. He competed at the
1996 Games in singles and was eliminated in the first round.
Men's doubles: Sebastien Lareau, Boucherville, Que., and Daniel Nestor, Toronto, def. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, Australia, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (2), won gold medal.
Men's doubles: Sebastien Lareau, Boucherville, Que., and Daniel Nestor, Toronto, def. David Adams and John-Laffnie De Jager, South Africa, 6-1, 6-2 in semifinals, advanced to final.
Men's doubles: Sebastien Lareau, Boucherville, Que., and Daniel Nestor, Toronto, def. Tommy Haas and David Princsmil, Germany, 6-0, 6-4 in quarter-final match, advanced to semifinals.
Men's doubles: Sebastien Lareau, Boucherville, Que., and Nestor def. Jimy Szmanski and Jose de Armas, Venezuela, 6-3, 6-4, in second-round, advanced to next round.
Men's singles: Sebastien Lareau, Boucherville, Que., lost 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to Mikael Tillstrom, Sweden, in second round, eliminated.
Men's doubles: Lareau and Daniel Nestor, Toronto, def. Gustavo Kuerten and Jaime Oneins, Brazil, 6-1, 6-4, in second round, advanced to quarter-finals.
Men's singles: Sebastien Lareau, Boucherville, Que., def. Michael Chang, U.S., 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in first-round play.
Lareau and Nestor hold up their medals
Canadians on the podium
Nestor and Lareau celebrate
Daniel Nestor celebrates
Nestor and Lareau in the heat
Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau
Daniel Nestor serves
Daniel Nestor & Sebastien Lareau win
Lareau & Nestor both go for a shot
Sebastien Lareau returns a shot
Sebastien Lareau reaches high
Canada's Sebastien Lareau returns a shot
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