Peter Polansky and Philip Bester put their friendship aside – at least for a few hours – when they hit the courts Sunday afternoon at the Riverside Tennis and Badminton Club. The regular doubles teammates and close friends were pitted against each other in the championship match of the $25,000 Saskatoon Futures, the same tournament where they captured the doubles title just days before.
Competing for the Saskatoon sweep, Bester beat out Polansky 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The victory gave the No. 1 seed not only the singles and doubles sweep, but also provided his first win in three meetings on the ITF Pro Circuit versus Polansky. Bester fired off 11 aces, with six of those coming in the deciding third set. In just under two hours, Bester claimed the trophy and stopped Polansky from capturing his third consecutive Futures title.
Bester has little time to soak in his double win, as the singles and doubles champ is set on repeating his success at the $75,000 Winnipeg National Bank Challenger this upcoming week. Bester is the No. 4 seed in the singles main draw, and teams up with Polansky once again in doubles.
Polansky is unseeded in the main draw, and joins fellow Canadians Brayden Schnur, Benjamin Sigouin, Kevin Kylar, and Felix Auger-Aliassime in the men’s draw. On the women’s side, a $25,000 Challenger, Charlotte Robillard-Millette, Bianca Andreescu, and Carol Zhao are just a few of the notable names headlining the action in Winnipeg. The combined event runs from July 11-17.