Christopher Simnett: U16 Doubles Finals Set at Rogers Jr. Nationals

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***


While the combatants in the singles main draw took a day off at the Rogers Under-16 Junior Nationals at the Club de Tennis de I’lle des Soeurs in Verdun, QC on Thursday, doubles action was in high gear.

The top-seeded pair of Brayden Schnur and Robert Shulman advanced to Friday’s boys’ final with a 6-1, 3-6, 10-5 victory over sixth-seeds Iancu-Iustinian Ghinda of Quebec and Alejandro Tabilo of Ontario on Thursday. They will play the third-seeded Ontario pair of Martin Beran and Daniel Hoang in the final after Beran and Hoang defeated second-seeds Akhil Mehta of Alberta and MacKenzie Stearns of Quebec 6-4, 6-7, 10-7 in the Thursday’s semifinals.

In girls’s doubles, top-seeds Evangeline Repic and Erin Routliffe of Ontario defeated fourth-seeds Aissa and Patricia Muamba of Quebe 6-3, 6-0 in Thursday’s semis.

Repic and Routliffe will take on fifth-seeds Joulia Likhanskaia and Gracia Mboko of Ontario in Friday’s final. The Ontario pair defeated second-seeds Gloria Liang and Louise Kwong in Thursday’s other semifinal.

The singles semifinals also go Friday with top seed Brayden Schnur taking on unseeded Iancu-Iustinian Ghinda and fourth-seed Robert Shulman battling seventh-seed Alejandro Tabilo in boys’ action.

In the girls’ semis, top-seed Evangeline Repic takes on fourth-seed Gloria Liang in one while fifth-seed Louise Kwong will play second-seed Erin Routliffe in the other.

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).

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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.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

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Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…