The Canadian Tennis Federation has announced on Wednesday that Heidi El Tabakh is the new Fed Cup captain, replacing Sylvain Bruneau who will now become the Head Coach for the National Women’s Program and switch her focus on Bianca Andreescu. The 31-year-old El Tabakh was born in Alexandria and she started playing under the Canadian flag back in 2005, almost reaching the Top 30 on the ITF junior list and entering the top 150 in singles in 2012, winning eight ITF titles overall.
She retired after Charlottesville event in late April 2016 and immediately started to work on her coaching career, leading the Canadian U16 Junior Fed Cup team. Bruneau was in charge of the Fed Cup team since 2010 and the girls scored seven wins in a row under her leadership between 2013-14 to reach the World Group I in 2015.
“It’s an honor for me to accept this position. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the development of Tennis in Canada and to be able to give back to my sport. I know the female Canadian players very well and I believe in this team.
I am already looking forward to our upcoming tie next February. » “It will also be quite a challenge to follow in the footsteps of a captain like Sylvain. Having seen him in action as the team’s captain and having worked with him throughout my career, I can attest to the fact that Sylvain was an exceptional captain for our team,” stated El Tabakh.
“Since retiring from professional tennis, Heidi has demonstrated a great desire to contribute to the success of Canadian tennis and to help our athletes develop and reach their full potential,” noted Louis Borfiga, Vice-President of High Performance.
“Heidi certainly has the support of all the players and Tennis Canada staff members. We know that she has the right leadership qualities, all the necessary skills and the willingness to bring the team back into World Group I in the coming years.”
“I would like to thank Sylvain for being captain of our Canadian Fed Cup team.ALSO READ: ATP ANALYSIS: Roger Federer cracks Roddick's forehand to win Canada 2004
He was the only captain I ever had, so he introduced me to Fed Cup and taught me all about it. He was amazing and will be missed,” said Eugenie Bouchard. “The team and I are looking forward to starting a new chapter with Heidi.
We are confident she will be great for the team.”