Christopher Simnett: Damien David Crowned Quebec U18 Champion

Written by: Christopher Simnett

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***Chris grew up playing tennis in B.C. and was ranked as high as No. 2 provincially in the U12 and U16 divisions. He played in two junior national championships in the 80s. Now 39 years old, he is the “community champion” for the Tennis Canada Building Tennis Communities strategy in Airdrie, AB, where he lives with his wife and eight-year-old son. Chris spent 15 years as a journalist writing about sports for newspapers in B.C. and Alberta. He now works in public relations in Calgary. To learn more about Chris and his blog, please visit www.alltennis.ca***

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Top-seed Damien David won the Quebec boys’ Under-18 title with a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory over second-seed Jean-Michel Blouin in Laval on March 6.

David cruised through the first two rounds, defeating Osama Zoghlami 6-4, 6-1 in the first round, dumping David Raymond 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter-finals before squeaking past third-seed Frederic Cadieux 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4 in the semifinals.

Blouin dumped MacKenzie Stearns 6-2, 6-0 in the first round, defeated Graham Ball 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 in the quarters and dumped fourth-seed Francis Bertrand 6-2, 6-2 in the semis.

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ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.
 

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