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News Archives: December 2009

Sweet Season for Lindenwoods 16-year-old

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Evann Waschuk is hoping 2010 will be even better than her highly successful 2009 tennis season.
    Wed Dec 30'09
    Winnipeg, MB (Avi Saper, Canstar News) – It was a year to remember for Evann Waschuk on the tennis courts, but all she wants from Santa is an even better 2010.

The 16-year-old Lindenwoods resident was named Female Player of the Year by Tennis Manitoba earlier this month, which should come as no surprise considering she ended the season as the province’s top-ranked female player.

In a season that included three victories in Open Tour events, the undisputed highlight was Waschuk’s triple crown at the province’s biggest tournament, the Manitoba Open, where she won the women’s singles, women’s doubles (with partner Erika Fridrik) and mixed doubles (with Muzeen Ismath) titles.

“This was by far my best season,” said the Grade 11 Vincent Massey Collegiate student. “I consider the doubles just as important as singles, and the women’s doubles was the hardest one to win. We somehow pulled it out.”

Waschuk and Fridrik needed a third-set tiebreak to beat Anita Paskvalin and Clarissa Chen for the championship.

Jared Connell, who has been coaching Waschuk since September, calls her an “aggressive baseliner” who plays a “fearless and athletic” style.

“She has a little more mental maturity than some of the other girls locally,” Connell said, “and physically she’s very athletic naturally.”

In order to keep improving, Waschuk has been seeking out competition throughout North America.

“It’s really hard (in Manitoba),” Waschuk said, “especially since there’s not much female competition. I mostly play against my coach and some of the guys my age.”

Her 2009 tennis travels took her to tournaments in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. She also went to Prince Edward Island as a member of Team Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games, where she finished fifth.

Earlier this month, she was in Florida for two and a half weeks for the prestigious Prince Cup tournament as well as a college exposure camp where players can meet U.S. college coaches and learn about the recruitment process.

“I definitely picked up my travelling in the past year, and I want to do more travelling next year,” she said.

Both player and coach agree that improved fitness will be a key for Waschuk as she competes more on the national and international levels.

“The average rally here might be five or six shots,” Connell said. “She needs to be playing nine or 10 quality shots to play points on an international level.

“What she’s comfortable with as far as the length of rallies, these girls are used to double that.”

Since she started working with Connell and a personal trainer, Waschuk has seen an improvement.

“In Florida I saw during some matches how fit I was,” she said, adding that she plans to work on improving her mental and tactical “match toughness” in 2010.

On the court, Waschuk’s big goal for the coming year is to make it to the quarter-finals at the national championship (she’s been close before), and to establish herself in the International Tennis Federation’s world rankings.

Off the court, she’s hoping to secure an early scholarship to a Division 1 school in the U.S. by the time she starts Grade 12.

“I don’t want to have that pressure at the end of Grade 12,” she said.
 

Republished from the Canstar News print edition December 30, 2009

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2010 Half-court Community Team Tennis

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Progressive tennis is a tennis program which allows young players to learn and play the game more quickly, efficiently and successfully. It uses a systematic progression of court sizes, balls, and racquets, to scale the game down to an appropriate level for young players.
    Wed Dec 30'09
   

Winnipeg, MB (TM) – South Winnipeg Community Tennis, a Tennis Canada Building Tennis Communities Program, has announced their Half-court Community Team Tennis league. Starting in February 2010 at the St. Paul's High School, the league is designed for beginners with minimal tennis experience.

Kids aged between 5 and 12 years old will participate on teams of 4 to 6 players. The progressive tennis format with use half-court play areas with modified tennis balls to promote ease of learning. Games will consist of both singles and doubles play after an initial practice period meant to help with basic tennis fundamentals.

League play will take place between February and May 2010 and will cost $60 per player. The sign-up deadline is February 12th but a limited number of spots are available. For registration details click here.

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Tennis Manitoba Raises a Racquet for Kids

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Left to right (back row) Martin Laurendeau, Phillip Bester, Peter Polasky, Hart Pollack, Jared Connell, referee Grant Wuckert, (front row) Tennis Manitoba "ball kids" Katzia Kubiz, Alexia Cholakis, Kylie Waschuk, Cole LaCap, Conner Davis and Emily Fridrik.

Phillip Bester, Frank Dancevic, Peter Polasky with Evann Waschuk, Female Player of the Year.

Title Sponsor: Dr. Ernest Cholakis of Kids Dental Group with daughter Christiana Cholakis

Jim Millican, President of Tennis Manitoba and Awards M.C. with Vice-President of Tennis Manitoba, Bob Gowenlock
    Wed Dec 23'09
   

Winnipeg, MB (Winnipeg Free Press, Community Profile) – Tennis Manitoba's 2009 "Raising a Racquet for Kids" Awards Banquet took place December 2nd at the Winnipeg Winter Club. Three of Canada's world-ranked professionals - Phillip Bester, Frank Dancevic and Peter Polasky - attended with Davis Cup Coach and Captain Martin Laurendeau.

The group hosted a two hour clinic for Manitoba's elite junior players, conducted a Pro-Am for donors and took part in doubles and singles matches that thrilled spectators when Polansky and Bester turned up the power.

The evening banquet celebrated the achievements of Manitoba's top players for 2009 including a third national Wheelchair Tennis title won by Lee Carter and a Community Champion Award presented to Boris Bachynski for volunteer work at the Victoria Beach Club.

Tennis Canada Vice President Hatem McDadi brought greetings and shared his personal enthusiasm for the grassroots development of the game and Dr. Ernest Cholakis, representing title sponsor Kids Dental Group, spoke passionately about how tennis teaches valuable life skills and lessons.

Funds raised this year will support new and existing junior tennis programs in the Aboriginal community, wheelchair tennis, schools, and junior high performance players.

Tennis Manitoba thanks major sponsors: Kids Dental, John Pollard and The Paletta Group and key contributors: Tennis Canada, Taylor Tennis, Winnipeg Winter Club, DIY Framing, Craig Guenther, La-Z-Boy Furniture, Quintex Services and Wilson for their generous support.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 23, 2009

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Pro-Am participants and pro partners Phillip Bester, Dr. John Perry, Alexia Cholakis, Allan Moorish, Lori Mann, Dean Coburn, Frank Dancevic and Peter Polansky

Pros present awards to juniors (back row-left to right) Phillip Bester, Frank Dancevic, Alexia Cholakis, Peter Polansky, Eagan Peters, (front row) Igal Mostkov, Chad LaCap and Conner Davis

Manitoba's elite juniors enjoyed a clinic with Canada's top ranked professional players Frank Dancevic, Peter Polansky and Phillip Bester and Canada's Davis Cup Coach Martin Laurendeau and coach Dean Coburn

Visitors from Tennis Canada receive gift of Manitoba Moose sweaters. Back row: Frank Dancevic, Jim Millican, Martin Laurendeau. Front row: Phillip Bester, Peter Polansky and Dean Coburn

Table Sponsor Doris Campeau (seated second from right) and Pierre Campeau (standing second from right) with guests

Tennis Manitoba Open Tour points winners with guest pros (back row): Alan Gardiner, Lori Mann, Phillip Bester, Evann Waschuk, Frank Dancevic and Peter Polansky. Front row: Jake Bergen, Jared Connell and Gregg Tkachuk

Tennis Manitoba board member Ainsley Bishop (front row right) and guests

 

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2009 Tennis Manitoba Most Improved Players

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Tennis Manitoba's most improved player award recipient Emily Fridrik shown at the 2009 U14 Rogers Junior National Championships held in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
    Tue Dec 22'09
    Winnipeg, MB (TM) – Emily Fridrik was presented the 2009 Most Improved Player Award at the 2009 Tennis Manitoba Awards Banquet. The award recognizes the Manitoban that gains the most points on the national head-to-head ranking system, Roger Rankings.

After failing to win a tournament in 2008, Emily captured the U16 Girls Singles Championship at the Big Sand Junior Classic in April and the U14 Girls Singles Championship at the LM Architectural Junior Open in July. Emily also competed on the Open Tour in 2009, finishing the year as the number 4 player in the Women’s 4.5 Singles rankings after winning the Kildonan Open.

Other players in Manitoba to gain more than 200 Rogers Ranking points in 2009 were Kevin Kylar, Alan Gardiner, Cole LaCap, Alexia Cholakis and Muzeen Ismath. For more Rogers Ranking details click here.

Proceeds from this year’s awards banquet will go towards supporting the development of wheelchair tennis, grassroots programs, school initiatives and junior development programs. To check out the other award winners profiled in the Tennis Manitoba 1st Serve magazine click here.

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2009 Tennis Manitoba Sportsmanlike Awards

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2009 Tennis Manitoba sportsmanlike award winners Jake Bergen (top) and Anika Campeau.
    Mon Dec 21'09
    Winnipeg, MB (TM) – Nice guys don't always finish last, especially this year on the tennis courts in Manitoba. While Jake Bergen was winning over new friends with his friendly courtside manner, he was also dominating the 2009 Tennis Manitoba Open Tour 3.5 level tournament events.

On December 4th at the fourth annual Tennis Manitoba Awards Banquet, Jake was presented the 2009 Tennis Manitoba Most Sportsmanlike Player. Junior player Anika Campeau was the recipient of the Art Foster Most Sportsmanlike Junior award, in honor of 2006 Manitoba Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Art Foster.

A longtime member of the Kildonan Tennis Club, Jake has been a fixture in the tennis community for many years. His pleasant demeanor has been appreciated by tournament directors and officials at tennis tournaments in Manitoba for quite some time. Jake continues to be a calm and steady player on the tennis court and he has the utmost respect for the game which is reflected in his attitude toward his opponents. His conduct on the court sets a great example for all tennis players in the province. Jake also continues to post strong results, finishing the year as the # 1 player in the Men’s 3.5 Singles rankings.

Anika Campeau was a tremendous teammate as a member of the Canada Summer Games training team this past year. Although she was not named to the final roster she continued to work extremely hard in an effort to support the other members of the team. Anika always shows respect for her opponents, coaches and officials and displays a positive attitude on and off the tennis court. Her great work ethic and desire to win, combined with her focus on fair play, make her a complete player. Anika is a great role model for the young junior players that are competing in our sport.

Proceeds from this year’s awards banquet will go towards supporting the development of wheelchair tennis, grassroots programs, school initiatives and junior development programs. To check out the other award winners profiled in the Tennis Manitoba 1st Serve magazine click here.

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Rogers Rookie Tour wraps up 2009 as a Big Success

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    Thu Dec 18'09
    Winnipeg, MB (TM) – The final Rogers Rookie Tour is scheduled for this coming Sunday, December 20th from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Winnipeg Winter Club. However, the 2009 edition of the national program that was designed to bridge the gap between entry-level tennis and the provincial competitive junior circuit has been a smashing success in Manitoba. Only Ontario had more kids attend Rogers Rookie Tour events held in that province during the past year.

The mission of the Rogers Rookie Tour is to create a positive, fun, entry-level competition opportunity for starter junior tennis players. The under 12 age groups use the Progressive Tennis format. Progressive tennis is a program for 5-12 year olds which allows young players to learn and play the game more quickly, efficiently and successfully through a progression of court sizes, balls, and racquets.

All participants will get a Rogers Tour t-shirt, towel, sling bag and sweatband. Events will be held for 3/4 and 1/2 court tennis. Participants that are capable of three hit rallies can play the 1/2 court events at the tournament.

For more information, a complete schedule and a copy of the Rookie Tour entry form click here.

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Lee Carter Video Profile

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Lee Carter
    Mon Dec 14'09
   

Winnipeg, MB (TM - Sean Grassie) – Lee Carter continues to bring great pride to the Manitoba tennis community. The Winnipegger is now a three-time Canadian wheelchair champion in singles and doubles after his wins in November. And he’s looking to give back by helping to increase participation in wheelchair sport.

Sean Grassie and fellow Red River College student Dan Timmerman produced this video of Lee for a class project.

 

 

   

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Change of guard at 2009 Winnipeg Indoor Open

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Alexia Cholakis (pictured top to bottom), Sean LaCap, Will McPherson & Dong Wong Kang, Jake Bergen & Joe Cyr, and a supportive crowd at the Winnipeg Winter Club.
    Thu Dec 10'09
   

Winnipeg, MB (TM) – The final Tennis Manitoba Open Tour tournament of 2009 held this past weekend at the Winnipeg Winter Club featured a new set of champions. In the Men’s Open final Sean LaCap defeated Stephen Dubienski, the winner of the event for three years leading up to this final, 6-4, 6-2.

On the women’s side the open singles event was settled in a three set marathon lasting over 2 hours. Fifteen-year-old Alexia Cholakis was victorious over fourteen-year-old Kylie Waschuk 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

The youth movement continued in the Men’s 4.5 title which went to sixteen-year-old Will McPherson. The 4th seed McPherson defeated unseeded Dong Wong Kang 6-4, 6-2 after getting past number 1 seed Marc Lloyd in the semi-finals. The Women’s 4.5 title went to Lisa Bayco after outlasting junior Lea Savatic in their round robin match, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8.

Five time event champion Glen Dyck was defeated by Jake Bergen in the Men’s 3.5 event semi-finals. Jake continued on to win the finals in a very close match with unseeded Joe Cyr 7-5, 6-4.

The Men’s Open Doubles title went to juniors Igal Mostgov and Muzeen Ismath who defeated Western Canadian Senior National title holders Jared Connell and Geoff Kirbyson 9-5. The junior pairing of Kylie Waschuk and Anika Campeau were able to win their round robin to take the Women’s Open Doubles title, while Hugh Hull and partner Myles Kraut were victorious in the Men’s 3.5 Doubles category.

Thanks to tournament director Peter Otto and his supporting staff at the Winnipeg Winter Club for hosting a successful event. Well done David Kives and Grant Wuckert for their officiating services which helped keep everyone on track.

For complete 2009 Winnipeg Indoor Open draws and results click here.

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Juniors sweep Top Player Awards

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Evann Waschuk and Sean Bailey shown at the 2009 Kildonan Open Tennis Championships where they both won the open singles and doubles, and also made it to the open mixed doubles event finals.
    Wed Dec 9'09
   

Winnipeg, MB (TM) – And the winners are... The top players of 2009 were announced December 4th at the fourth annual Tennis Manitoba Awards Banquet. Evann Waschuk and Sean Bailey took home the grand prize of Top Female and Male players of the year, respectively.

Evann Waschuk finished her year as the top ranked female player in the province and captured three Open Tour events. Among her tournament victories was her first ever Manitoba Open Singles Championship. In addition to the singles title at Manitoba’s premier tournament of the year, Evann added the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles championships to earn the Triple Crown. She represented Manitoba at the U16 and U18 Rogers Junior National Championships and was also an integral part of Team Manitoba at the 2009 Canada Summer Games.

Sean Bailey completed his junior tennis career by teaming up with Chad the Bronze Medal in Men’s Doubles at the 2009 Canada Summer Games. This was Manitoba’s first medal at the Games since 1973! Sean also represented our province at the U18 Rogers Junior National Championships and reached the quarter-finals at the ITF Junior tournament in Burlington. On the local scene, Sean captured the Men’s Singles title at the Kildonan Open and was the top Manitoban at the Manitoba Open.

This was the first year in the awards four year history where juniors took home both the Male and Female of the Year honours. The Tennis Manitoba Awards Banquet not only honours the most outstanding players and community members in their category, but also ensures a strong tennis presence in the future.

Proceeds from this year’s awards banquet will go towards supporting the development of wheelchair tennis, grassroots programs, school initiatives and junior development programs. To check out the other award winners profiled in the Tennis Manitoba 1st Serve magazine click here.

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