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Now that the U12 Fischer National Indoor Cup and the U16 Fischer Indoor Junior National Championships have wrapped up, it’s on to Toronto and Vancouver for the U18 and U14 tournaments this week.
In Verdun at the U16 Fischer Indoor Junior Nationals, top-seeded Adam Faragcao took home the boys’ singles title after defeating sixth-seeded Alec Barin 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Barin may have finished as the runner-up in singles, but he was crowned champion in doubles alongside Loïc Petrecca. The pair topped Benjamin Azir and Miko Lapalme 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
Meanwhile, top-seeded Emma si yu Dong captured the girls’ singles titles thanks to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Neda Rahimkhani in the championship match. Rahimkhani and Clémence Mercier also lifted the doubles trophy after topping Lola Emilie Bean and Dylan Gelber 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 in the final.
In Calgary at the U12 Fischer National Indoor Cup, a new format was successfully adopted this year to become a National Team Cup competition involving a singles round robin with the players divided into eight groups for the boys and eight for the girls, doubles elimination and a new team competition with on-court coaching and fairplay initiatives.
The Fischer Indoor Junior Nationals will wrap up over Easter weekend. At the U14 tournament in Vancouver once again both the boys and girls singles players are divided into eight round robin groups with the winner of each group earning a spot in the championship flights for the chance to win a coveted title. Andy Tchinda Kepche, Caden Edward Colburne, Aedan Malik, Joshua Noah Adamson, Andrea Taylor, Andrea Cabio, Joyce Geng, and Anastasia Malysheva will all be players to keep an eye on at the UBC Tennis Centre. The matches will be streamed throughout the week on Tennis Canada’s YouTube channel.
The U18 Fischer Indoor Junior Championships are underway at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto with Ontario’s Duncan Chan and Teah Chavez of Saskatchewan sitting atop the boys’ and girls’ singles draws as the tournament’s no. 1 seeds. Junghee You, Kuang Qing Xu, Raphaëlle Leroux, and Nadia Lagaev are also among the top seeds.