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 semifinals are set at the boys’ Under-18 Rogers Junior Nationals at the Mayfair Parkway Racquet Club in Toronto.
B.C.’s Filip Peliwo, the top seed, advanced to Thursday’s semis with a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory over Under-16 champion, Ontario’s Brayden Schnur in Wednesday’s quarter-finals.
Peliwo faces 10th seed Daniel Bednarczyk of Ontario on Thursday. Bendarczyk stunned fourth-seed Damien David of Quebec 6-4, 6-2 in the quarters on Wednesday.
The bottom-half semifinal will put second-seed Samuel Monette of Quebec against province-mate and third-seed Hugo Di Feo. Monette defeated unseeded Osama Zoghlami of Quebec 6-2, 6-2 while Di Feo dumped Quebec’s Jean-Michel Blouin 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday.
In doubles, the top-seeded pair of Peliwo and Ontario’s Roman Trkulja advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ontario’s Zain Manji and Joshua Malyon in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. They will play the sixth-seeded pair of Filip Obucina and Brayden Schnur of Ontario in Thursday’s semis. Obucina and Schnur defeated third-seeds Jean-Michel Blouin and Frederic Cadieux 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 on Wednesday.
Second-seeds Samuel Monette and Hugo Di Feo of Quebec will face fifth-seeds Francis Bertrand and Damien David of Quebec in the other semi on Thursday. Monette and Di Feo defeated the unseeded pair of B.C.’s Todd Fought and Alberta’s Luke Manley 6-0, 5-7, 10-6 in one quarter-final on Wednesday while Bertrand and David edged fourth-seeds Daniel Bednarczyk and Eli Brown of Ontario 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 in the other.