After 3 days and 195 matches, the three winners of the first-ever Canadian University Winter Tennis Championships have been crowned.
The tournament introduced fresh new features such as a fast four scoring format, a new Coed Club division and the option to include one alumni on the varsity player rosters, which resulted in the biggest university tournament ever run in Canada and a very busy weekend of tennis!
Alberta takes gold in women’s varsity action
In the women’s varsity division, University of Alberta swept round robin play to finish on top and earn the gold medal. They came into the tournament fresh off a win at the Western regionals where they earned a bid to the National Championships. They were sharp this week-end and it showed. Their solid performance makes them the favourite heading into the National Championships this summer.
It was a close race for second place as York, Western and Waterloo ended round robin play in a 3-way tie in overall record and head-to-head matches. The tie-breaker was ultimately decided by the individual match differential with York coming out on top by one win, proving that every match counts, even in team competitions!
Men’s varsity division comes down to final match
The varsity men’s division also came down to a single match where Mark Jensen from Western University clinched the gold medal with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tre Eli from York. Both teams took advantage of the alumni rule and brought in some crafty veterans who tapped into their experience and win important victories for their teams.
York alumnus, Filip Obucina didn’t miss a beat and comfortably joined the top of York’s line-up. He contributed to both of the team’s two points in the fixture with a 7-6,6-4 win in doubles, partnering Tre Eli, and a 6-3, 6-1 win in #1 singles. Western alumnus Simon Janik used his mix of spins and clever court coverage to give him the edge in a 6-4, 7-6 victory in #4 singles. Western trailed York 2-1 in the team scoring until Janik’s win brought the contest to a tie and set the stage for Jensen to complete the 3-2 team victory.
First-ever Coed Club division showcases exciting tennis
The Coed Club division provided the first-ever organized tournament competition for this group of university players. Some teams were formed from their organized tennis clubs on campus and others were students who gathered a few school friends and formed a team. The teams brought a lot of spirit and a zeal for competition that produced some of the most exciting match-ups during the weekend.
The draw was full with 8-teams battling it out through two boxes of round robin play. Western University went undefeated in their box and felt confident heading into the final. The second box in this category was a three-way tie between University of Guelph, Laurier and University of Toronto, who all posted 2-1 records. Laurier edged out the others in matches won and relished their chance to compete for the Championship.
The Championship match produced close contests throughout, as this division closed out the tournament and were last on-court to finish up. Ultimately, Western’s two 8-6 victories in ladies singles and mixed doubles made the difference and they were crowned champions of the 2018 Canadian University Winter Tennis Championships.
It was a fantastic weekend of tennis and team spirit as the tournament felt more like a large tennis festival showcasing the very best of university tennis.
The teams participated in competitive battles that tested them on-court and they appreciated the opportunity to represent their school while playing the sport they love. Congratulations to all participating teams for a great weekend of tennis.
Full tournament results can be found by clicking here.