Christopher Simnett: Joksimovic Takes Two Titles

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***


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.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

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.

Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…