As Canada’s Davis Cup team prepares to take on France this weekend in Guadeloupe, a mini version of the main event took place just down that road at the island’s regional tennis centre.
Canada sent a team of four U10 players to Guadeloupe to take on teams from France and Guadeloupe in the Karukera Kids Cup from Monday to Wednesday of this week. Canada came out on top of the pack at the event, going undefeated over the three days of play.
Canada’s team comprised two girls, Victoria Mboko and Martyna Ostrzygalo, and two boys, Ronik Sihota and Stefan Simeunovic with two team captains, Severine Tamborero and Carson Bell. Each round was a best-of-three encounter featuring two singles matches and a doubles match. On day one, Canada took on France and both the boys and girls won the series. The same result on Tuesday versus Guadeloupe vaulted Canada into the finals on Wednesday.
On the girls’ side, the duo of Mboko and Ostrzygalo took the first match and Mboko then went and sealed the victory for Canada with a hard-fought singles win against Camilia Samel Druz of France. On the boys’ side, the first two matches were split, leaving the decider in the hands of Simeunovic who defeated his French opponent in straight sets to give Canada the sweep in the competition.
“This has been a great experience for the kids,” said Tamborero after the finals. “The main goal was to have fun but of course we also wanted to win! These kids, even at this age, want to represent Canada and having this kind of a team competition is a great opportunity for them to have a taste of what that feels like and makes them feel a part of this Davis Cup week.”
Now that the competition is over, the players can enjoy the rest of their time here in Guadeloupe. They will take in an official Team Canada practice on Wednesday afternoon, get to see some of the sights of the island on Thursday and attend the opening Davis Cup matches on Friday.