Christopher Simnett: Yukon Juniors Show Well in Anchorage

Written by: Christopher Simnett

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***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***

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Story courtesy of Tennis Yukon

Fresh from their Capital Cup success in Juneau, AK, two weeks ago, five Tennis Yukon juniors (Kieran Halliday, Khang Pham, Roan Evans-Ehricht, Trygg Jensen, and Alex Roberts) travelled to Anchorage, AK, this past weekend to participate in the 2011 Mayor’s Cup Junior Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Alaska Club North.

Halliday played in the Boys 18s and 16s singles draws. Losing his first round 18s draw match 6-0, 6-2, he went on to win the 18s consolation final, defeating Christopher Rush of Anchorage in an 8-game pro set 8-2. In the 16s draw, Halliday won his first match 6-1, 6-3, but was defeated in the quarter-finals by Eddie Lewis (Anchorage) 6-0, 6-4.

Pham also played in the Boys 18s and 16s singles draws. He won his first match in the 18s draw 6-3, 6-3, and was defeated in the next round by the #1 seeded player, John Hendrickson, 6-2, 6-2. In the 16s draw, Pham lost his first round match 6-3, 6-4, and played in the consolation draw, losing in the consolation semi-final 8-2 to Anchorage’s Cole Fox.

Evans-Ehricht played in the Boys 16s and 14s singles draw. In the 14s draw, he won his first match 6-2, 6-4, and lost in the next round to #3 seeded player, Joseph Hemry, 6-3, 6-0. In the 16s draw, he had a bye into the second round, and was defeated 6-0, 6-0, by Anchorage’s Jayden Hodgson. In the 16s  consolation draw, he was defeated 8-0 by Anchorage’s Cole Fox.

Jensen played in the Boys 14s singles draw, winning his first round match 6-0, 6-1, but losing to the #1 seeded player, Jayden Hodgson, in the next round, 7-5, 6-2.

Roberts played in the Boys 12s singles round robin (8 game pro set), and was defeated 8-0 by Ben Westwick, 8-1 by Eli Neslund, 8-1 by Joseph Hemry. He was 1 game up in a match against Nicholas Alvord when Alvord retired due to injury.

The Jensen/Roberts team played in the Boys 14s doubles draw, winning their first-round match 6-2, 7-5, and then playing Anchorage’s Hemry/Neslund in the finals.  Jensen/Roberts finished as runners-up, losing the finals with a match score of 6-1, 6-3.

The Whitehorse players, who train in the college gym from October-May, all adjusted quickly to the real court surface, and played well against very tough competition.  Anchorage has 9 indoor courts and several newly resurfaced outdoor courts in parks and schools across the city; the junior players there play year-round on real courts, and the level of play is high, comparable to a major centre down south.

For more information, please contact Stacy Lewis (President, Tennis Yukon) at tennisyukon@gmail.com or 393-2621.

Check out the story that appeared in the Whitehorse Star here.

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