Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil is now a grand slam tennis champion.
Pospisil, who now lives and trains in Vancouver, and American partner Jack Sock won the Wimbledon men’s doubles title on Saturday in an upset of the defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in a three-hour, six-minute thriller.
Pospisil and Sock were playing together for the first time and are the first team since 2000 (Lleyton Hewitt and Max Mirnyi) to win a Grand Slam title in their first tournament together.
The Bryan twins were bidding for a 16th Grand Slam doubles title and 99th overall.
Pospisil, ranked 179th in the speciality, was playing in only his fifth doubles event at a major.
The last time there was a Canadian man in the Wimbledon doubles final was in 2009 when Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic won their second All England Club title.
Pospisil and Sock saved four match points over two fifth-set games before Sock drilled a winner down the line for the historic victory
“Words can’t describe,” said Pospisil on his Twitter account of Saturday’s stunning victory which capped a marvelous two weeks for Canadian tennis at the hallowed London Grounds.
Quebec’s Genie Bouchard lost the women’s final Saturday but became the first Canadian to reach a grand slam final in the open era.
Milos Raonic lost in the men’s semifinal Friday to seven-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland.
Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic of France lost to Mirnyi and Chan Hao-Ching of Taiwan 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the mixed doubles semifinal.