Christopher Simnett: Riex Wins South Island Indoor Challenge

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***


Second-seed Clement Riex of Amiens, France, won the $15,000 South Island Indoor Challenge at Victoria’s Cedar Hill Rec Centre on Sunday.

Riex edged third-seed and defending champion Nima Roshan 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 in the championship match.

Earlier, Riex defeated Vancouver’s David Chu 6-4, 6-2 in the first-round, got past Vancouver’s Daniel Chu 6-4, 7-6 in round-two, and defeated Tony Larson of Fridley, MN 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Roshan, of Noble Park, XX, defeated qualifier George Jecminek of Port Coquitlam 7-5, 7-6 in the first round, edged Oren Motevassel of Sunnyvale, CA 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 in the second round and blasted Victoria’s Nick Coutts 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals.

Carson Bell of Edmonton won three tough matches in to qualify for the main draw, but fell 6-4, 6-3 to Coutts in the first-round.

Top-seed Rik De Voest of South Africa was upset 6-4, 6-4 by Vancouver’s Henry Choi in the first round. Coutts then defeated Choi 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 in the quarter-finals.

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