Two young Canadians Denis Shapovalov, of Ontario, aged 16 (see photo right) and Felix Auger-Aliassime of Quebec, survived a three hour rain delay during their boys doubles final at the US Open. They had won the first set and were down in the second when they stopped playing. Luckily they were able to pull things together to take the second set in a tie-breaker to take the coveted title, beating Brandon Holt and Riley Smith of the USA.Stephanie Myles of opencourt.ca put together this slide show to give everyone a taste of their match. Great play guys! DenisandFelixwingrandslamdoubles
Denis had also won the Under 18 national singles and doubles titles just a couple of weeks before. He beat Felix in the boys singles final.
Ontario Players at Junior Nationals
Junior nationals were played over three weeks this year. The under 18s played at Ontario Racquet Club August 14 to 19, the under 12s played at Tennis Tremblant August 19 to 25, the under 16s played at Gatineau Tennis Club August 21 to 26 and the under 14s played at Tennis Tremblant Aug 27 to Sep 2. Eleven of the sixteen singles finalists at junior nationals were from Ontario. Here is a list of those players from Ontario who ended in the the top 6 in singles or reached the semifinals or better in doubles. A spectacular showing at all levels.
U18 Boys Singles: Denis Shapovalov (Ch), Jack Mingjie Lin (3) David Volfson (4), Victor Krustev (5), Ivan Mitric (6). Doubles: Denis Shapovalov (with Alexis Galarneau) (Ch), Jack Mingjie Lin (& Joshua Peck) (F), Malik Bhatnagar & Ivan Mitric (SF), Victor Krustev & Christian Lakoseljac (SF).
U18 Girls Singles: Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Ch), Vanessa Wong (F), Isabelle Boulais (3), Sofija Zecevic (4), Savanna Ly (5). Doubles: Bianca Vanessa Andreescu & Isabelle Boulais (Ch), Sofiya Babych & Layne Sleeth (F), Anca Craciun & Natasha Irani (SF).
U16 Boys Singles: Victor Krustev (Ch), Ivan Mitric (3), Malik Bhatnagar (4). Doubles: Victor Krustev (& Nicaise Muamba) (Ch).
U16 Girls Singles: Isabelle Boulais (Ch), Daria Tomashevskaya (F), Anca Craciun (3), Ariana Arseneault (5). Doubles: Isabelle (& Tiffany Lagarde) (Ch), Anca Craciun (& Jessie Gong) (F), Sofiya Babych & Alisia Stephanie Manolescu (SF).
U14 Boys Singles: Liam Draxl (3), Nick Lagaev (5). Doubles: Stefan Storch (& Luka Vukovic) (F),Liam Draxl & Nick Lagaev (SF), Ilya Tirapolsky & Trevor Masi (SF).
U14 Girls Singles: Ariana Arseneault (Ch), Daria Tomashevskaya (4) Natasha Sengphrachanh (5). Doubles: Ariana Arseneault & Jada Bui (Ch), Natasha Sengphrachanh & Daria Tomashevskaya (SF).
U12 Boys Singles: Ashton Cross (Ch), Marko Stakusic (F), Alex (Xiang) Lu (3). Doubles: Stefano Liokossis & Alex (Xiang) Lu (F), Ashton Cross & Marko Stakusic (SF)
U12 Girls Singles: Rachel Krzyzak (Ch), Dasha Plekhanova (F). Doubles: Rachel Krzyzak & Ana Grubor (SF), Yochana Benchetrit & Marina Stakusic (SF).