In the final Indoor Junior National event of 2019, the U14 boys and girls competed for a chance to take home the title at the UBC Tennis Centre in Vancouver.
Hometown player and tournament favourite Stewart Aronson took on Aleksandar Mitric of Ontario. While Aronson’s appearance in the final was not altogether surprising, it was his opponent who caused a bit of an upset. The Ontario native defeated the second seed Haitam Aboufirassi of Quebec in the semi-finals after dropping the opening set 6-1. Despite his successful results the previous day, Mitric was unable to repeat the feat on Friday as Aronson was crowned champion of his first Junior Nationals event thanks to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory. The moment couldn’t have been more special for the young Canadian, as he took home the title playing at home.
In the girls’ final, it was a battle of the top two seeds. The tournament favourite Kayla Cross of Ontario was taking on Martyna Ostryzgalo of Alberta. Both players were dominant in their quarter-final and semi-final matches, with neither dropping a single set. On Friday, Cross came away with the 6-1, 6-2 victory to capture her first Junior National title.
In doubles, Aronson and Mitric teamed up to take the boys’ title while the unseeded team of Alexia Jacobs and Nawal Issam Youssef of Alberta surprised the third seeds in the final and were crowned girls’ doubles champions.