Christopher Simnett: Manji Brothers Breeze into Provincial Finals

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***


Fifth-seed Zain Manji continued his strong play at the Ontario Under-18 provincials with a 6-1, 7-6(0) victory over third-seed Joshua Malyon in the semifinals at the White Oaks Inn & Racquet Club in Niagara on the Lake on Saturday.

Manji, who defeated top-seed Daniel Bednarczyk in the quarter-finals on Friday, will take on second-seed Martin Beran in Sunday’s final. Beran defeated seventh-seed Aws Laaribi 7-5, 6-3 in the other semifinal on Saturday.

Second-seed Amy He will take on third-seed Nikolette Budai in the girls’ U18 final on Sunday. He edged fourth-seed Erin Routliffe 5-6, 6-1, 6-4 in one semifinal on Saturday while Budai defeated top-seed Evangeline Repic 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the other.

The boys’ U14 final will be contested between third-seed Raheel Manji and fourth-seed William Tutecky on Sunday at the ACE Tennis Academy in Burlington. Manji defeated top-seed Dylan Bednarczyk in one semifinal on Saturday while Tutecky took out fifth-seed Nathan Rahier 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 in the other.

Top-seed Nikki Carnovale defeated Katarina Kopcalic in the U14 girls’ semifinals on Saturday at the ACE Tennis Academy and will face second-seed Nicole Baloescu in Sunday’s final. Baloescu defeated third-seed Teona Velehorschi in Saturday’s other semi.

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.