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***
Alejandro Tabilo won Flight 1 of the boys’ Under-14 Rogers Jr. Nationals with a 4-0 round-robin record at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C.
Charles Cyrenne was second with a 3-1 record, Alek Lemay-Pouliot finished third at 2-2, Alberta’s Nolan Chan was fourth at 1-3 and Alberta’s Zack Perala finished fifth at 0-4.
In Flight 2, Dylan Bednarczyk of Ontario won at 4-0, Samuel Douville was second at 3-1, Marc Isaia finished third at 2-2, B.C.’s Neel Phaterpekar finished fourth at 1-3 and Alberta’s Joshua Peck was winless in fifth.
Ontario champion Raheel Manji won Flight 3 with a 4-0 record, Alexander Donski finished second at 3-1, Larry Zhao was third at 2-2, Isaac Davies finished fourth at 1-3 and Mark Wiebe of Prince Edward Island finished fifth at 0-4.
Alberta’s Harrison Scott won Flight 4 with a 4-0 record and Lazar Joksimovic was second at 3-1. Ron Heifets finished third at 2-2, Alberta’s Jamal Hinds was fourth at 1-3 and Alexander Waslen of Saskatchewan finished fourth at 0-4.
In Flight 5, Sid Donarski won with a 4-0 record, Alexis Galarneau was second at 3-1, Brett Stinson was third at 2-2, Max Korkh finished fourth at 1-3 and Alberta’s Ayush Gupta was winless in fifth.
Flight 6 saw Kyryll Kryvchun take top-honours with a 4-0 record, Benjamin Sigouin finished second at 3-1, Adrian Mag was third at 2-2, Mathieu Brisson was fourth at 1-3 and Jet Bent-Lee finished fifth at 0-4.
Nathan Rahier won Flight 7 with a 4-0 record, Victor Krustev finished second at 3-1, Arthur Dion was third at 2-2, Jack Davis of B.C. finished fourth at 1-3 and Darcy Taylor was fifth at 0-4.
Christian Lakoseljac won Flight 8 at 4-0 while Ontario’s William Tutecky finished second with a 3-1 record. Felix Fan was third at 2-2, Mathew Bendzsa of Newfoundland and Labrador was fourth at 1-3 and Alberta’s Jackson Koke was winless in fifth.
In doubles, the quarter-finals are set with top-seeds Alejandro Tabilo and Raheel Manji of Ontario taking on the B.C. pair of Max Korkh and Kyryll Kryvchun and the third-seeded pair of Harrison Scott of Alberta and Benjamin Sigouin of B.C. set to battle the sixth-seeds, Ontario’s Jet Bent-Lee and Victor Krustev in the top half of the draw.
Tabilo and Manji defeated Marc Isaia and Sid Donarski of Ontario 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 16 while Korkh and Kryvchun defeated Alexis Galarneau of Quebec and Alberta’s Jackson Koke 6-2, 7-6(11). Scott and Sigouin defeated Quebec’s Mathieu Brisson and Arthur Dion 6-4, 6-0 while Lee and Krustev took out Quebec’s Ron Heifets and Samuel Douville 6-3, 6-4.
On the bottom half, second-seeds Dylan Bednarczyk of Ontario and Charles Cyrenne of Quebec will face Quebec’s Alek Lemay-Pouliot and Alexander Donski in one quarter-final while fourth-seeds Adrian Mag and William Tutecky of Ontario will battle the fifth-seeded pair of Christian Lakoseljac and Nathan Rahier of Ontario.
Bednarczyk and Cyrenne defeated B.C.’s Neel Phaterpekar and Felix Fan 6-2, 7-6(5) in the round of 16 while Lemay-Pouliot and Donski beat Alberta’s Ayush Gupta and Josh Peck 7-5, 6-3. Mag and Tutecky defeated Brett Stinson and Lazar Joksimovic of Ontario 6-2, 6-2 while Lakoseljac and Rahier defeated Alberta’s Nolan Chan and Jamal Hinds 6-2, 6-1.