Friday, October 23, 2015


Following up on their US Open Junior Boys Doubles championship, Denis Shapovolov of Ontario and Felix Auger-Aliassime of Quebec were in winning form again at the Junior Davis Cup,  played in Madrid, Spain.

Canada’s under 16 boys team were the top seeded team in the event. They beat Poland, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic in round robin play and Russia in the semifinals without dropping a match. Japan lost to Germany in their semi-final.

In the finals, against Germany, Denis led the way with a straightforward win over Marvin Moeller. Felix lost the next singles match to Nicola Kuhn. Denis and Felix then took on their singles opponents in the doubles match which would decide the tie. After taking the first set 6-3, the Germans fought back to win the second set. Fortunately the Canadian duo were able to seal the deal with a 6-2 win in the third set to win Canada’s first-ever Junior Davis Cup title..

The third member of the winning team was Benjamin Sigouin of Quebec. The best finish by a Canadian Junior Davis Cup or Fed Cup team before this year was second place — 2011, 2004, 2003 (Junior Fed Cup) and 2010 (Junior Davis Cup).

"It's very exciting being the first Canadians to ever win Junior Davis Cup," said Shapovalov. "We knew we had the team to do it as all three of the players on this team are great and contributed. We are very excited."

The women's junior Fed Cup team, made up Bianca Andreescu of Ontario, Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Quebec and Vanessa Wong of Ontario also competed very well. They won their round robin grouping with Japan, Great Britain and Japan. In the semi-finals they played top seeded and eventual champions, Czech Republic and regrouped to defeat Russia to take third place. USA was the other team in the final four.

15 countries qualify for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup, which is for under-16 players, through regional qualifying events. The host country teams automatically qualify. This year 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying for this event. This competition has been held since 1985. Formerly known as the World Youth Cup, it was rebranded as Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup in 2002.

The Sunshine and Connolly Cups, known informally as the junior Davis and Fed Cups, were competitions for under-18 players organized by the ITF. The Canadian team of Daniel Nestor and Rob Janacek of Ontario, along with Sebastien Lareau and Sebastien Leblanc of Quebec, won the Sunshine Cup in 1989. These Cup events have not been played since 2001.

Pictured here are the winning Canadian and Czech Republic teams. The Czech girls, Marketa Vondrousova, Monika Kilnarova and Anna Slovakova won their final over USA to take the Junior Fed Cup.  Photo by Martin Sidorjak.


The Tournament of Grand Champions, a series of “Tournament of Club Champions” events were held at the beautiful new University of Toronto,  Scarborough College Tennis Facility, which was upgraded for the Parapan Am Games.  Winners and Finalists of Club Championships for 2014 and 2015 from clubs across Ontario were invited to participate in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events spread over 3 weekends in September and October. All players were guaranteed 3 matches over the weekend.

The first event was for singles players. The women’s singles A was won by Leanne James of the Granite Club who beat Vienne Lu of Kew Gardens in the final. The women’s singles B was won by Renee James of the Cutten Club who beat Anne Hurtibise of Kew Gardens in the final.
Leighton Brandon of Kew  was crowned champion in the Junior Boys singles with his win over Tim Zeikowvsky of Newmarket. The men’s singles A winner was Justin Belanger of Davisville who defeated Luke Coles of Mayfair Lakeshore in the final. Andrew Falco of Heron Park took the men’s B honours with a win over Kew Gardens member, Justin David.

The men’s and women’s doubles events were held the last weekend in September. The women’s C title was won by Diane Howarth & Annette Brajer of Pine Point who defeated Natasha Stojanova & Alexsanda Stojanova in their final. The women’s B was won by Rhonda Kazdan & Lauren Tabatznik of Mayfair West who beat Mary Ruehlicke & Lisa Hoffman of Waterloo in their final. The women’s A final was won by Jacqueline Green & Sandra Barrett of Mayfair Lakeshore who defeated Mary Hall & Pat Hall of Curran Hall. The men’s A champions were Konrad Chan & Ilias Mourador of Henry Farms who defeated Brian Li & Bobby Gheorghiu of Thorncliffe Park in the final. Mandeep Singh & Arul Raj of Malton took home the B honours with a win over Wayne Ivey & Rhuel Maano of North York in their final.

October 3 and 4 saw the mixed doubles events on the courts. The mixed A champions are Paul Scotti & Christina Rustscheff  of Davisville, while Kanta Murali & Paul Kingston of Mayfair Lakeshore were the finalists (see photo from right to left). The mixed B honours went to Stephanie Wong & Tyson Wong of Agincourt who beat Mary Ruehlicke & Peter Gavaris of Waterloo in the final.

Special thanks go to Scott McRoberts of the U of T Scarborough College Tennis Centre who made this possible and to Tennis Access's Sandra Barrett and her team of volunteers for their unflagging energy and enthusiasm in getting this event off the ground.


The Intercounty tennis association league annual playoffs at the Aviva Centre were initially scheduled for September 19th but with a blustery, rainy and cold forecast, some of the matches were played on Sunday September 20th.  Thanks go to all the committed volunteers who make this event one that is so important to the many recreational players who compete every week throughout the summer.

Several matches were hotly contested and the winners determined by counting sets and even games.

The league winners were as follows
MIXED League
Majors: Dentonia Park beat Davisville on sets 3-3, 8-7
A Division: Don Mills won over Banbury (default)
B Division: Boulevard beat Pine Point 3-3, 7-7, 59-58
C Division: Richmond Hill Lawn 6 beat Richmond Hill Lawn 7, 4-2

Majors: Banbury beat ORC 1  9-3 (see photo above of the Banbury ladies team)
A Division: Ajax beat Brampton 12-0
B1 Division: Sheridan beat Ballantrae 12-0
B2 Division: Whitby beat King City 6-6, 5-5, 43-36

55 + League
Division 1: Newmarket beat Brampton (see photo below of the Newmarket over 55 team)
Division 2: ORC beat King City

Mixed Major: Glenview beat Unionville
Mixed A: Kleinburg beat Hillcrest
Girls: Rosedale beat Wanless Park
Boys Majors: Unionville beat Central
Boys A1: Newmarket beat Milton
Boys A2: Whitby beat Brampton

The Intercounty Tennis Association encourages would be photographers to bring their cameras to this event.  For more information on the leagues or to see the photo galleries that have been uploaded you can go to


The ITF Super Senior World Team and World Individual Championships were held in Umag Croatia Sept 21 to 26 and Sept 28 to Oct 3 respectively.
Several Ontario players represented Canada in the team events. Tim Griffin & John Payne (65s), John Tibbits & Shaheer Mikhail (70s), Guido Weber (75s), Lorne Main (80s), Mary Ann Gaskin & Coby Dommasch (65s). 
In the team events, the Canadian women’s over-65 team had the country’s best finishing position, placing eighth in the Kitty Godfree Cup. The best men’s finish for Team Canada was ninth in the over-70 Jack Crawford Cup. 
The Tennis Canada Seniors Committee decided not to send women’s teams in the 70, 75 and 80 age groups. Canada has been a great supporter of these women’s events in past years and encouraged new levels of competition to be introduced. For instance, Canada had won the women’s over 80 team event (the Doris Hart Cup) every year since its inception in 2011. The existence of senior teams and Canada’s active support of these events has been an inspiration and incentive for mature women to play and compete and there has been a corresponding increase in the number of entries at the Steve Stephens Senior Nationals. 
One of the women who was on all the triumphant Canadian over 80 women’s teams, Rosemarie Asch of Montreal, did make the trip to Croatia and swept the over-85 age category at the ITF Super Seniors World Individual Championships, claiming three gold medals. In women’s singles Rosie beat Monique Giffard of France, 6-0, 6-1 to claim the crown. Rosie won the over-85 women’s doubles title with Hungarian Erzsebet Szentirmay and the over-85 mixed doubles trophy with fellow Canadian Lorne Main (see photo).
Asch went a perfect 8-0, never losing a set all week and in fact dropping just 14 games in total. Asch, who will turn 85 in November, was playing in the over-85 age category for the first time. For the complete draws and results from the ITF Super Seniors World Individual Championships please visit 

Next year's Steve Stephens Senior Nationals (2016) will be held in Ottawa August 21 to 27. The next ITF World Team championships will be held in Croatia for the young seniors (O35,O40 & O45) May 1-6, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland for the senios (O50, O55 & O60) June 19 - 24, 2016 and in Antalya, Turkey for the Super Seniors (O65, O70, O75 & O80) Oct 16-21, 2016.  The individual championships for each group are played the following week.


The first Miele Masters Circuit concluded on Thanksgiving weekend with the Mayfair Senior Masters. This included a special century mixed doubles event and a reception on Saturday evening at the Miele Gallery in Vaughan.

Circuit points were accumulated over 4 events and all registered Ontario players who entered singles events were automatically entered. The four events were the Ontario Senior Provincial Championships – men’s and women’s singles, held July 6 – 12, the ITF Senior Championships at Donalda – men’s and women’s singles, held July 15 – 19, the Steve Stevens Senior National Tennis Championships – men’s and women’s singles, held in Montreal August 16 – 22, and the Mayfair Senior Masters – men’s and women’s singles, held October 9 – 12.

The  special century mixed doubles event was won by Sandra Cimetta & Barry Litman (see photo right) who beat Kerry Mitchell & Glenda Hirvela (see photo left) in the finals. Semi-finalists were Ben Woo & Akemi Seiriki and James Henkelman & Cindy O’Doherty.

The winners and finalists of the singles events were:-
MS35 Dave Rowat, Vahid Tahamtan
MS45 Nels Stanfield, Mike O’Neill
WS45 Cindy O’Doherty, Nancy Lin
MS50 Gary Meanchos, James Henkelman
MS55 Kerry Mitchell, Avi Singer
WS55 Sue Bye, Rudite Loze
MS65 Peter Gonda, Brian Fung.

This event also decided the final placements in the circuit. Singles Circuit Winners will receive Miele Gourmet Dinners and Prize money, Second Place will receive a Tennis Canada Prize Pack and Third Place players an OTA/Sponsor Prize Pack.

The final standings in the Miele Senior Circuit are
35 s   Dave Rowat, Vahid Tahamtan, Dane Smith              
40s    Jason Christie, George Virich, Catalin Codita           
45s    Mike O'Neill, Karl Hale, Jorey Middlestadt & John Murray (Tied)
50s    Gary Meanchos, James Jeffrey Henkelman, Kerry Mitchell
55s    Kerry Mitchell, Avi Singer, Paul Bedard
60s    Sergey Borodulin, Joe Novak, Rosti Brankovsky     
65s    Peter Gonda, John Payne, Brian Fung         
35s    Kanta Murali,  Jennifer Bishop, Liane Marr               
40s    Jennifer Bishop, Paula Myslivecek, Sophia Lynn Ronan
45s    Cindy O’Doherty, Nancy Lin, Janet Hofstra
50s   Erin Boynton,  Janet Vivian Bulger, Kelly Stobbe
55s   Erin Boynton,  Sue Bye, Charlotte Deheinrich
60s   Michelle Hall, Frances Critchley, Natalia Borodulin               
65s   Mary Ann Gaskin,  Cathie Joyce      

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this exciting addition to senior competitive tennis and look out for the Miele Senior Circuit announcements for 2016 to make sure you enter the events that make up the circuit, we expect there to be more opportunities to participate in year two!