Christopher Simnett: Wolfman Takes out Three Seeds en Route to Title

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***


Unseeded Daniel Wolfman won the U12 boys’ title at the Capilano Jr. Champs tournament in Edmonton on the weekend, defeating the top three seeds along the way. Wolfman defeated second-seed Maximillian Szczypien 6-4, 3-6, 13-11 in the championship match. Earlier, Wolfman  edged top-seed Danny Wu 1-6, 6-2, 10-7 in the semifinals.

Szczypien defeated unseeded Matush Polakovic 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Polakovic knocked out fourth-seed Miguel Gonzalez 6-3, 6-1 in the quarter-final round while Wolfman, a one-man seed planting machine in the tournament, took out third seed Ryan Loke 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.

Top-seed Akhil Mehta of Edmonton won the boys’ U16 title at the Capilano Jr. Champs tournament on May 15.

Mehta defeated second-seed Harrison Scott 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the final. Earlier, Mehta defeated unseeded Jeffrey James 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-2 in the semifinals, blasted Austin Vrabel 6-0, 6-0 in the quarter-final and defeated Jerrod Parker 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

James eliminated fourth-seed Vuk Radovic 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.

Scott edged fourth-seed Alexander Berdnikoff 7-6, 7-6 in the other semifinal.

In girls’ action, top-seed Jena Cheng of Edmonton romped through the U16 draw, defeating second-seed Mikaela Bennett of Calgary 7-5, 6-1 in the final. Earlier, Cheng thumped Alexia Lombardi 6-1, 6-1 in the first round and took out Kelsi Oliphant 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals.

Bennett defeated unseeded Claire Koke 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 in the other semifinal.

Calgary’s Kiko Cunningham, the second-seed, defeated top-seed Ashleigh Jacobs of High River 6-2, 6-0 in the U12 girls’ final. Cunningham  defeated Maya Dukaric 6-1, 7-5 in the one semifinal while Jacobs defeated Marina Culo 6-0, 6-2 in the other.

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.