Christopher Simnett: Petrick Wears Girls’ U14 National Crown

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***


Ontario’s Charlotte Petrick won the girls’ Under-14 title at the Rogers Jr. Nationals at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C. on the weekend. Petrick defeated Ontario’s Nikki Carnovale 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match.

Katherine Sebov of Ontario won the Flight 2 title with a 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over Quebec’s Charlotte Robillard-Millette while Tina Kreinis of Ontario took the Flight 3 title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Alberta’s Claire Koke. Flight 4 was won by Layne Van Buskirk of Ontario. Van Buskirk defeated B.C.’s Brooklyn Legault 6-0, 6-2 in the championship match. A notable result from Flight 4 was 10-year-old Kirsten Prelle of Alberta finished third, defeating fellow Albertan Kelsea Gorzo in the third-place match. Cassie Chung of B.C. took top honours in Flight 5 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Anne-Sophie Courteau.

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The two most widely reported second serve statistics in professional tennis are the number of double faults a player hit, and their second serve winning percentage. If we’re trying to understand the effectiveness of a particular player’s second serve, relying only on those statistics has significant drawbacks. Article by Michal Kokta.

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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

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.