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Champions crowned at Eastern Canadian senior indoor nationals

Mar 20, 2017
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The 2017 Men’s Eastern Canadian Senior Indoor National Championships wrapped up this past weekend in Toronto, and there are a number of new champions across 11 categories for ages 60-85 in both singles and doubles.

Jean-Pierre Côté claimed the title for the men’s over-60 event at Toronto’s Donalda Club. Côté defeated fellow fifth-seed James Cameron 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1) on Sunday. Côté dropped only three sets en route to the championship.

In the men’s over-60 doubles draw, Scott Cathcart and Fraser James Macdonald lifted the trophy following a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Robert Edward Donders and Gord Marinic. Cathcart and Macdonald’s run to the final included a major upset, as the pair defeated top seeds Sydney Azancot and James Cameron 7-6(2), 6-0 in the semifinals.

Another exciting showdown featured No. 1 seed Shaheer Mikhail meeting No. 2 seed Guido Weber in the men’s over-75 singles event. But just one day before, Mikhail and Weber were teammates and defeated No. 2 seeds William Berry and Jay Bochner 6-4, 5-7, 12-10 to secure the over-75 doubles title.

The teammates then made the switch to opponents as their paths crossed in the singles final. However, Weber was forced to retire after dropping the first set 6-0, resulting in the national title for Mikhail for the second straight year.

Gaston Blais also earned the sweep this year, defeating Rene Roptin 6-2, 6-0 in the men’s over-80 singles final following a 6-2, 6-2 victory earlier on Sunday alongside Roptin against David Brown and Morton Katz in the doubles championship match.
Here is the complete list of champions:

AGE CATEGORY SINGLES CHAMPION DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
60 Jean-Pierre Côté Scott Cathcart / Fraser James Macdonald
65 Rosti Brankovsky James Boyce / Dennis Ing
70 Fernand Martin Hani Ayoub / John Stanton Yeomans
75 Shaheer Mikhail Guido Weber/Shaheer Mikhail
80 Gaston Blais Gaston Blais / Rene Roptin
85 Brahm Robert Faber Not Played

The Eastern Canadian Senior Indoor Championships for men ages 65-85 ran from March -19 at Toronto’s Donalda Club. The event kicked off the 2017 senior indoor championships circuit, with three more events taking place in the following weeks.

The swing heads to Club Sportif Cote de Liesse in Montreal for the women’s event for Eastern Canada from April 5-9. The eastern men aged 35-55 will compete at the same venue from April 19-23, before the circuit travels to the Royal Glenora Club and Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton for the men’s and women’s Western Canadian Senior Indoor Championships.