Another edition of the senior tennis season’s marquee event, the Steve Stevens Senior National Championships, has officially kicked off this past weekend in beautiful British Columbia. Over 500 athletes have culminated in Vancouver to compete across 38 different divisions for the prize of the 2017 national title.
There are 38 different divisions for men and women, across a series of age categories in both singles and doubles events. Stacked with plenty of notable names and fierce competitors, each draw promises a challenging route to the trophy.
Over the weekend, this year’s competitors mingled and caught up with old friends at the Gala Reception hosted by Shaughnessy Golf Country Club on Sunday. The official Welcome BBQ was held on Monday at the Arbutus Club to give players another chance to see familiar faces while enjoying local food and drink.
The tournament itself is off and running as well, as early stages of competition began on Sunday across five different areas clubs.
Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Jericho Tennis Club, Richmond Country Club, and The Arbutus Club are the five clubs that have split host duties for various events throughout the week.
As of Tuesday morning, all highest seeds were all remaining in their respective singles draws, with many of last year’s champions eyeing the possibility of a repeat. However, play came to a standstill for a half-hour on Monday. Matches were suspended for 30 minutes at the peak of the lunar eclipse.
Many players took the opportunity to catch sight of the eclipse, and pass around pairs of safety sunglasses and viewing apparatus to admire the natural phenomenon.
Play will continue at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Jericho Tennis Club, Richmond Country Club, and The Arbutus Club until Saturday, August 26. For the complete scores, full draws, and updated orders of play, please visit tc.tournamentsoftware.com.