ROBILLARD-MILLETTE AND TABILO CROWNED U18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
April 5, 2014
Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Quebec and Ontario’s Alejandro Tabilo are the winners of the 2014 Rogers Indoor Junior National Tennis Championships following well-earned victories in their respective finals at Mayfair Parkway in Markham, Ont. on Saturday.
No. 3-seeded Robillard-Millette was a 7-6(4), 7-5 victor over Ontarian and No. 5 seed Ayan Broomfield in a close duel. After falling behind 0-2 in the first set, Robillard-Millette reeled off four straight games to take the lead. Though Broomfield ultimately came back, Robillard-Millette was able to control the ensuing tiebreaker to notch the opening set. A tight second set saw the left-handed player break at the 5-5 mark and then stay steady to hold her serve and claim the crown.
“It’s a relief,” she said following the match. “I came here this week and I was really nervous because every time I go to nationals, I want to do well, see where I am, play these players I’ve been playing against for so long, and keep up a good level. So I was nervous but I was excited at the same time. It’s a great feeling that I have right now, and I’m just going to enjoy it.”
Robillard-Millette, who joined Tennis Canada’s full-time National Training Centre in Montreal in the fall of 2013, also captured the prestigious U16 Orange Bowl last December. She gives credit for her progress to the work she’s done at the NTC.
“It’s mostly because of my coach and my training at the NTC in Montreal,” said Robillard-Millette, who just turned 15 years old in January. “My coach Ralph Platz is helping me a lot and I think we’re doing a great job together. And the fitness part is amazing as well, Kieran Foy is really good. And just all of the organization and the tournaments we travel to and everything, I think that’s helped me a lot this year and it’s why I’ve improved so much.”
For his part, top-seeded Tabilo defeated fellow Ontarian and No. 3 seed David Volfson 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 to net his third straight U18 national title. Currently Canada’s highest-ranked junior player, he also captured both the indoor and outdoor trophies last year.
After Tabilo evened up the final at one set apiece, a pattern developed which saw him jump ahead in the deciding set but Volfson fight his way back. The defending champion, also a lefty, opened up a 2-0 lead before Volfson levelled it and the pair exchanged a few service breaks. Tabilo then went up 5-3 and served for the match before Volfson again climbed back into contention. Tabilo, age 16, was finally able to clinch it on his third match point.
“I’ve played a lot of matches and I’ve played ITFs as well, so it’s just experience and knowing that you’ve got to focus and that you’ll have other chances,” said Tabilo in reference to his ability to withstand his opponent’s comebacks. “It feels great to win here again, and I feel like I can compete with most of the top 18-year-olds in the world.”
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