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-seed Lazar Joksimovic won both the boys’ Under-16 and Under-14 titles at the ACE Super Series Easter Classic at the ACE Tennis Academy in Burlington on Easter Sunday.
Joksimovic defeated unseeded Stefano Benedetti 6-1, 6-2 in the U16 final. Benedetti took out second-seed Marcel Molina 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 in the semifinals. Joksimovic defeated Zilin Xie 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the other semi.
In U14 action, Joksimovic, mowed down the competition, losing just four games in four matches. He dumped second-seed Elijah Ogilivy 6-0, 6-0 in the final.
Nick Lagaev won the U10 title at the event with a perfect 3-0 round-robin record. Adam Mussani was second. Mussani’s only blemish was a 4-0, 4-0 loss to Lagaev.
In girls’ action, unseeded Montana Crawford stunned the field to win the U16 division. Crawford defeated second-seed Viktoriya Tabunshchyk 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals and upended top-seed Yanna Smaliuk 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
Third-seed Anca Craciun won the U14 division with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over unseeded Silvia Verebes in the final. Craciun defeated second-seed Viktoriya Tabunshchyk 6-2, 6-2 in one semifinal while Verebes edged top-seed Elise Edwards 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the other.
Unseeded Nifemi Akinbiyi won the girls’ U12 title with a 7-6(2), 7-5 win over top-seed Dana Singer in the final. Akinbiyi defeated second-seed Taylor Cheung-Damonte 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals.