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***
Brazilian exchange student Andre Selem de stefano did it the hard way, but he captured the men’s 5.0 title at the Broadmoor Tennis Club in Edmonton on Sunday.
de stefano, the third-seed at the event, edged fourth seed Jose Villarroel 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 in the championship match. In the semifinals, de stefano defeated second-seed Kevin Longworth in another marathon, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. Villarroel took out unseeded Benjamin Lawson in the other semifinal. Lawson upset top-seed Nigel Lilley 7-6, 7-6 in the quarter-finals.
Third-seed Robert Serafin captured the men’s 4.0 title with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over unseeded Jihyun Yun in the championship match. Serafin defeated second-seed Bernie Bennett 6-1, 6-2 in one semifinal while Yun defeated fourth-seed Dan Townsend 7-5, 6-4 in the other. Yun edged top-seed Rory Marusiak 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in the quarter-finals.