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***
Top seeds Filip Peliwo of B.C. and Samuel Monette of Quebec cruised into the quarter-finals of the Under-18 boys’ Rogers Junior Nationals at Toronto’s Mayfair Parkway Racquet Club on Tuesday.
Peliwo, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, defeated B.C.’s Riaan Du Toit 7-5, 6-3 in the round of 16 on Tuesday to set up a Wednesday quarter-final clash with seventh-seed and U16 champion from last week Brayden Schnur. Ontario’s Schnur defeated James Choi of B.C. 7-5, 6-0 in the round of 16 on Tuesday.
At the bottom of the draw, Monette defeated B.C.’s Stas Pakhomov 6-1, 6-3 and will play unseeded Osama Zoghlami of Quebec in the quarters. Zoghlami edged fifth-seed Roman Trkulja of Ontario 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0 in the round of 16 on Tuesday.
Other quarter-final matchups will see third-seed Hugo Di Feo of Quebec take on the sixth-seed, Quebec’s Jean-Michel Blouin and fourth-seed Damien David of Quebec battle Ontario’s 10th seeded Daniel Bednarczyk.
Di Feo defeated unseeded Franceis Bertrand 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday while Blouin took out ninth-seed Zain Manji, the Ontario champion, 6-4, 6-2. David, the Quebec champion, defeated Alberta champ Luke Manley 6-4, 6-2.
In boys’ doubles action, the top-seeded pair of Peliwo and Trkulja blasted B.C.’s James Choi and Tim Portnov 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 16 on Tuesday. They will face the Ontario duo of Zain Manji and Joshua Maylon in Wednesday’s quarters. Manji and Maylon defeated Taylor Thorne of PEI and Dennis Keaveney of Nova Scotia 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday.
The other top-half quarter-final will feature third-seeds Jean-Michel Blouin and Frederic Cadieux of Quebec against the Ontario pair of Filip Obucina and Brayden Schnur. Blouin and Cadieux defeated B.C.’s Riaan Du Toit and Stas Pakhomov 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 on Tuesday while Obucina and Schnur beat Ontario’s Daniel Hoang and Aws Laaribi 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
On the bottom half, the second-seeded pair of Samuel Monette and Hugo Di Feo of Quebec will play the unseeded duo of Alberta’s Luke Manley and B.C.’s Todd Fought while the foruth-seeded Ontario pair of Daniel Bednarczyk and Eil Brown will face fifth-seeds Francis Bertrand and Damien David of Quebec in Wednesday’s quarters. Monette and Di Feo defeated Luke Saunders of Nova Scotia and Ontario’s Kyle Macdonald 6-0, 6-3 on Tuesday while Fought and Manley defeated Ontario’s Kevin Mok and Matthew Cohn 6-2, 6-1. Bednarczyk and Brown defeated unseeded Zachary Green and Ivan Markovic of Ontario 7-6(5), 6-1 on Tuesday while Bertrand and David beat Quebec’s MacKenzie Stearns and Osama Zoghlami 6-4, 6-3.