chris_simnett

Christopher Simnett: Top-Seed Bednarczyk Upset at U18 Provincials

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***

__________

The Ontario Under-18 boys’ provincial quarter-finals saw two upsets on Friday as top-seed Daniel Bednarczyk went down 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to fifth-seed Zain Manji and fourth-seed Filip Obucina fell 7-6(3), 6-3 to Aws Laaribi at the White Oaks Inn & Racquet Club in Niagara on the Lake.

The two quarters went as per the rankings as third-seed Joshua Malyon edged sixth-seed Kyle Macdonald 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 7-6(4) and second-seed Martin Beran defeated eighth-seed Ivan Markovic.

Saturday’s semifinals will see Beran face Laaribi while Malyon is pitted against Manji.

The top four seeds survived to the semis in the girls’ division. Top-seed Evangeline Repic defeated seventh-seed Joan  Cannon 6-3, 6-2 while third-seed Nikolette Budai edged sixth-seed Gloria Liang 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Second-seed Amy He defeated eighth-seed Kristina Sanjevic 6-3 6-3 in another quarter-final while fourth-seed Erin Routliffe dumped fifth-seed Solomiya Zinko 6-3, 6-1.

Repic takes on Budai in one semifinal on Saturday while He and Routliffe will battle in the other.

In U14 action at the ACE Tennis Academy in Burlington, top-seed Dylan Bednarczyk defeated fifth-seed Stefan Marusic 6-1, 6-3 to set up a semifinal date with third-seed Raheel Manji. Manji defeated unseeded Christian Lakoseljac 6-2, 6-2 on Friday. Fourth-seed William Tutecky defeated unseeded Jet Bent-Lee 6-1, 6-1 on Friday while fifth-seed Nathan Rahier upset second-seed Jack Van Slyke 6-4, 6-2. Tutecky takes on Rahier in the other boys’ U14 semi on Saturday.

As in the U18 draw, the top-four seeds in the girls’ U14 division all made the semifinals. Top-seed Nikki Carnovale will take on Katarina Kopcalic while second-seed Nicole Baloescu faces third-seed Teona Velehorschi.

Carnovale defeated seventh-seed Tina Kreinis 6-2, 6-4 in one quarter-final on Friday while Kopcalic beat unseeded Vanessa Wong 7-6(1), 6-0, Baloescu beat eighth-seed Anjana Suresh 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 and Velehorschi defeated sixth-seed Victoria Dimuzio.

The semifinals in all divisions go Saturday while the finals are scheduled for Sunday.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.