Written by: Christopher Simnett
***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***
Charlotte Petrick followed up a victory in a Grade 5 U18 ITF event in Guatemala on March 6 with victory in the Ontario girls’ Under-16 provincials in Oakville/Mississauga on March 15.
Petrick, a 14-year-old from Niagara on the-Lake, defeated Joulia Likhanskaia 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to claim the title at the Ontario Racquet Club. Petrick was seeded fifth in the tournament while Likhanskaia was seeded third.
Second-seed Robert Shulman defeated fifth-seed Alejandro Tabilo 6-3, 6-4 to claim the U16 boys’ title at the Parkside Tennis Club in Windsor on Tuesday.
Another second-seed, Natasha Irani, won the U12 girls’ title at the Mayfair East Racquet Club in Toronto. Irana defeated top-seed Vanessa Wong 6-1, 6-4 in Tuesday’s final.
The ides of March was a bad day for top seeds as No. 1 U12 boys’ seed Jack Mingjie Lin fell 6-4, 6-3 to second-seed Denis Shapovalov in the boys’ U12 championship match.
Next up in Ontario is the U14/U18 provincials beginning Wednesday.
Daniel Bednarczyk is the top-seed in the boys’ U18 division and faces Kevin Mok in the first round at the White Oaks Inn and Racquet Club in Niagara on the Lake. Martin Beran is seeded second and faces Daniel Tsimerman in the first round.
Joshua Malyon is seeded third, Filip Obucina is fourth, Zain Manji is fifth, Kyle Macdonald is sixth, Aws Laaribi is seeded seventh and Ivan Markovic is seeded eighth.
Evangeline Repic is seeded first in the girls’ U18 event, also at White Oaks. Repic plays Alexandra Alekseeva in the first round Wednesday. Amy He is seeded second and faces Milana Drca in the first round. Seeds third through eighth include Nikolette Budai, Erin Routliffe, Solomiya Zinko, Gloria Liang, Joan Cannon and Kristina Sanjevic, respectively.
Dylan Bednarczyk heads the U14 boys’ field at Burlington’s ACE Tennis Academy. The top-seed will play Sergio Raez in the first round. Jack Van Slyke is seeded second and faces Alexander Mironov in the opening round.
Raheel Manji is seeded third, William Tutecky is fourth, Nathan Rahier is fifth, Stefan Marusic is sixth, Dane Dunlap is seeded seventh and Adrian Mag is eighth.
Nikki Carnovale is seeded first in the girls’ U14 division, which will also be played at ACE in Burlington. Carnovale will play Rebecca Herrington in the first round. Second-seed Nicole Baloescu faces U12 champion Natasha Irani in the first round.
Teona Velehorschi is seeded third, Katarina Koacalic is fourth, Ayan Broomfield is fifth, Victoria Dimuzio is sixth, Tina Kreinis is seventh and Anjana Suresh rounds out the seeded players at eighth.
Action in all events is scheduled to wrap up on Sunday, March 20.