Photo : Caroline Grégoire, Le Soleil
The second iteration of the ITF M25 tournament in Saint-Augustin, Quebec, concluded this weekend with a new winner taking home the trophy.
Charles Broom of the United Kingdom faced off against defending champion Aziz Dougaz, who hails from Tunisia, in a match that ended 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 in favour of the Brit.
Broom had a fairly easy time in his quest to the finals, winning each match in straight sets. Dougaz was the only one to win a set against the British player but could not follow it up with a second in his bid to defend the title.
Despite a thrilling opening set, Dougaz quickly ran out of steam, allowing Broom to win the second set and take an early lead in the third, breezing his way to victory.
Though many Canadians participated in the tournament, only one made it to the quarter-finals. Before facing the eventual champion Broom in the last eight, Dan Martin defeated fellow Canadians Liam Draxl, seeded sixth, and Kuang Qing Xu in straight sets.
A year ago, Dougaz defeated Canadian Justin Boulais, who most recently represented Canada at the 2023 Pan American Games, to notch the first-ever title in Saint-Augustin.
In the doubles draw, Broom also competed in the finals alongside fellow Brit Ben Jones. Despite their best efforts, the two could not complete their run, dropping the final to the duo of Max Westphal from France and his American partner Theodore Winegar.
While Broom and Jones won the first set, their opponents quickly bounced back, preventing Broom from notching two titles in one weekend.
Before reaching the finals, Westphal and Winegar faced the Canadian duo of Draxl and Jonathan Sorbo in a tightly contested match that went three sets.