With the regular season wrapping up, all eyes are on the upcoming OUA Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Toronto this coming weekend, October 6-8, 2017 at Mayfair Parkway Tennis Club.
For the first time ever, the OUA will feature a full eight team draw for both men and women as Brock University joins the Championships for the first time. Other competing teams include University of Montreal, University of Toronto, Western University, University of Waterloo, York University, McMaster University and Carlton University.
After some epic battles through the regular season, many teams enter the championships motivated and full of belief that their team can contend for the title. The stakes are high with the much-coveted OUA Championship banner on the line.
If the men’s regular season matches are an indication of the drama that may unfold this weekend, then we are in for a treat. With so many of the matches decided in three-sets, the stage is set for some high-intensity tennis and competitive match-ups that could go either way.
University of Montreal comes in as the clear favourite going undefeated in regular season play. League Convenor and University of Toronto Head Coach Nabil Tadros says, “Montreal had close 4-3 wins against both Toronto and Western but they were legitimate wins and they are definitely a clear favourite. They will be the team to watch.”
Western, who comes in as the defending OUA Champions and defending National Champions, will no doubt want to disrupt Montreal’s momentum and avenge their 4-3 loss from this past weekend. But Toronto may stand in the way of a rematch as they can potentially meet Western in the semi-finals. Toronto Head Coach Tadros is hesitant to look deep in the draw. When pressed to preview a potential semi-final match-up with Western he says, “our goal is to win the gold but right now we’re focused on the first round.”
On the women’s side, York University and Western University come in as the favourites, finishing in the top two spots during the regular season. York is highly motivated after losing a heartbreaking 4-3 contest in last year’s OUA Championship round. While they were able to avenge the loss during this year’s regular season, it was another close 4-3 match. The teams are so evenly matched that it will be interesting to see what ultimately makes the difference if another re-match ensues in this weekend.
Don’t miss the action! Come out to cheer on these great athletes and find out which teams end up victorious. Will Western defend both men’s and women’s titles? Will the York women rebound from a heartbreaking loss last year to claim back the crown? Will University of Toronto be the spoiler on the men’s side? If you can’t get to the matches, be sure to check back here for match times and all of the results!
Tournament seedings and regular season standings: