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-sees Filip Peliwo of B.C. and Quebec’s Francoise Abanda won the boys’ and girls’ U18 titles at the Rogers Jr. Nationals in Toronto on Saturday.
Peliwo defeated Quebec’s Samuel Monette 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Mayfair Parkway Racquet Club to capture the boys’ title while Abanda dumped Quebec’s Kimberley-Ann Surin 7-5, 6-2 to win the girls’ crown.
In doubles Surin teamed with Elianne Douglas-Miron to win the girls’ title, defeating Quebec’s Catherine Parenteau-St-Antoine and Michelle Dandik 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
Monette got a measure of revenge on Peliwo in the boys’ doubles final as he and partner Hugo Di Feo dumped Peliwo and Ontario’s Roman Trkulja 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match.