CHRISTMAS BREAK OPEN TOURNAMENTS
There are two Open tournaments held each December over the Christmas break. These tournaments are particularly popular as those players who are away at university get a chance to catch up with one another while still keeping their games in shape, and for the up and coming juniors it is a chance for them to see hoe their skills match against those players who have recently moved into the adult ranks.
The $9000 ACE Circuit Canada Indoor Open Championships were held Dec 19 to 24.
The men’s singles was won by Winston Lin of the USA, who played fellow American, Marcus Fugate in the final. Malik Bhatnagar and Martin Beran were the semifinalists.
The women’s singles was won by Maureen Drake, who is now eligible to play seniors events but can still teach the youngsters a thing or two in competition. Sandra Dynka was the finalist and Charlotte Petrick and Katarina Kopcalic were semi-finalists.
The Copacabana Open was held at White Oaks Resort in Niagara on the Lake Dec 27th to 31st.
In the men’s singles another Lin, Jack Mingjie Lin, who is still a junior beat out American and winner of the ACE event, Winston Lin, in the final. Henry Choi and Martin Beran were the semi-finalists.
The women’s singles was won by Isabelle Boulais, who beat her doubles partner, Charlotte Petrick in the final. Isabelle is the daughter of Yves Boulais and Patricia Hy-Boulais who are now working at Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga. Petra Januskova and Louise Kwong were the semi-finalists.
In the men’s doubles, Martin Beran and Jesse Flores took the title beating the American duo, Winston Lin and Marcus Fugate in the final. The teams of Jack Mingjie Lin/Nicaise Muamba and Victor Krustev/Christian Lakoseljac were semifinalists.
The women’s doubles event was won by Isabelle Boulais and Charlotte Petrick. Petra Januskova and Maria Patrascu were finalists. While Sandra Dynka/Louise Kwong and Jade Hilton/Savanna Ly made it through to the semi-finals.
Thank you to Dr. Vijay Bhatnagar who sent us this photo of Malik Bhatnagar with Vasek Pospisil in Florida in early December.