Christopher Simnett: Barankowski Breezes to Eastern Canadian Men’s Over-35 Crown

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***


Top-seed Adam Barankowski breezed to the men’s Over-35 title at the Eastern Canadian Senior Indoor National Championships at Toronto’s Mayfair West Fitness and Racquet Club on Sunday. Ontario’s Barankowski defeated second-seed Charles Gembes, also from Ontario 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday’s final. Barankowski lost a total of 10 games in three matches en route to the title.

Ontario’s Ben Woo, the top seed, defeated Sylvan Lake Alberta’s Rene Simon, seeded second, 6-3, 6-2 in the men’s O40 final. Jean-Guy Sauve, the top seed in the men’s O45 division, defeated second seed Gary Meanchos 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 in that division’s championship match.

Quebec’s Jean-Pierre Cote, the top-seed in the men’s O50 division, dumped second-seed and fellow Quebecker Denis Dumas 7-6(4), 6-4 in the O50 final while top-seed James Cameron defeated second-seed Sergey Borodulin 6-1, 7-6(2) to win the men’s O55 title.

In women’s action, Jennifer Black won the Over-30 title with a 2-0 round-robin record. Paula Sousa was second, winning once and losing once while Louise Greig pulled up the rear. Andreanne Martin won the women’s O40 title with a 4-0 record in the round-robin. Jennifer Bishop was second, going 3-1, Janet Hofstra finished third with a 2-2 record and Nancy Behm was third.

Second-seed Diane Blondeaux of Ontario won the women’s O45 crown, defeating top-seed and fellow Ontarian Alison Taylor 6-3 6-2 in Sunday’s final at Toronto’s Granite Club. Blondeaux defeated B.C.’s Karen Clarke 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals while Taylor beat Red Deer, Alberta’s Marianne Badenhorst 6-3, 6-1 in the other semi.

Second-seed Erin Boynton of Ontario defeated unseeded Susanna Sekely of Ontario 6-0, 6-3 in the final of the women’s O50 division also at the Granite Club. Sekely upset top-seed Michelle Karis of Nova Scotia 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in Saturday’s semifinals.

Unseeded Patricia Babcock of Ontario won the O55 title with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over second-seed Christa Cameron of Ontario in the final at the Granite Club. In Saturday’s semifinals, Babcock upset top-seeded Frances Critchley of Ontario 6-3, 6-3.

Top-seed Louise Moulin of Quebec won the O60 title, defeating Ontario’s Anke Magnus, the second-seed 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s final. Top-seeded Ontarian Mary  Ann Gaskin claimed the O65 crown, with a 6-0, 6-2 win over unseeded Louise Langston of Quebec in Sunday’s final. Langston defeated second-seed Susan Gilbertson of Alberta 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the semifinals.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

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.

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.

Peter Straub: “Removing Mental Obstructions to Playing Our Best Tennis”

To have the ideal mental conditions to play our best tennis we have to train our mind regularly and correctly. Training our mind entails lessening and eradicating negative minds, increasing our positive minds and improving our mental capabilities like concentration. When we start getting results from this training everything in our life becomes better.

Clement Golliet: “Spine Stability”

Spine stability is a widely misunderstood topic and its concept is often misused. Most of the time exercises are done on the assumption that they will help athletes reinforce their back, but in fact it is the opposite that happens. I will try here to define what spine stability means, review the mechanisms that lead to injuries and the importance of maintaining a tight torso.