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Former champions come out on top at Senior Nationals

Aug 28, 2018
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The Steve Stevens Senior Nationals wrapped up on Sunday with the crowning of some new and mostly former national champions after a week of play in six clubs across Montreal featuring more than 500 players in 40 different categories.

In fact, 12 of the 20 top seeds in the different draws successfully defended their titles.

In the men’s 80 and over draw, the much-anticipated final between Gaston Blais and Robert Bédard did in fact happen much to the delight of Blais who had hoped he could play Bédard, a man he greatly respects and admires. In the end, Bédard, who was playing in the 80+ category at the age of 86, was impressive en route to a 6-1, 6-1 victory. He also took home the doubles titles alongside François Godbout after the pair defeated Blais and Rene Roptin in the championship match.

On the women’s side, there were a few surprises. Unseeded Andrée Martin won the 65 and over singles crown, defeating four seeded players en route to lifting the trophy including third-seeded Michele Hall in the final. Meanwhile, Inge Weber captured another national title in the 75 and over category. She promised she was playing for fun, but still managed to remain a national champion.

Seven players were able to complete the singles and doubles title sweep in their respective age categories: Olivier Borlée, Kenneth William Dahl, Shaheer Mikhail, Robert Bédard, Cristina Popescu, Jennifer Bishop, and Erin Boynton.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s winners:


35 Henry Choi Fiachra Michael Lennon / Jeremy Salvo
40 Philippe Pourreaux Mathieu Giguère / Julien Payment
45 Olivier Borlée Olivier Borlée / Joachim Nierfeld
50 Lorne Goldberg Hannes Blum / Max A Brown
55 Gary Meanchos Stephen Kimoff / Tim Shoveller
60 Patrice Rousso Richard Viau / Cary Wilson
65 Tim Griffin Dennis Ing / Keith Porter
70 Kenneth William Dahl Hani Ayoub / Kenneth William Dahl
75 Shaheer Mikhail Shaheer Mikhail / Guido Weber
80 Robert Bédard Robert Bédard / François Godbout
85 Brahm Robert Faber


35 Cristina Popescu Leigh Bradwell / Cristina Popescu
40 Kanta Murali Patti Henderson / Sophie lynn Ronan
45 Jennifer Bishop Jennifer Bishop / Andréanne Martin
50 Caroline Frenette Erin Boynton / Adrienne Simmons
55 Erin Boynton Karen Clarke / Mary Manley
60 Michelle Karis Patricia Babcock / Brenda Cameron
65 Andrée Martin Christa Cameron / Michelle Hall
70 Patricia Mclachlan Jeannette Mcglone / Janet Turner
75 Inge Weber Claude Cherniak / Gisela Heidemarie Nouisser