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The Fischer U12 National Indoor Cup and U16 Fischer Indoor Junior Nationals kicked off this weekend as the top players across Canada in both age groups go head-to-head for the chance to win a coveted national title.

Underway at the Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre in Calgary, the U12 tournament is adopting a new format this year to become a National Team Cup competition involving a singles round robin, doubles elimination and a new team competition with on-court coaching and fairplay initiatives. These changes are meant to improve the overall positive sport experience and provide an environment allowing players to develop and reach their potential.

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As for the players to keep an eye on this week, Deniz Karabulut of Ontario is the top seed in both the boys’ singles round-robin event and the doubles draw alongside Ilya Sherifali. Ethan Guo Stefan Djuricic, Matthew Popa, and Sherifali round out the top 5 seeds in singles.

On the girls’ side, Amy Shen of British Columbia leads the way as the no. 1 seed in both singles and doubles. Her partner, Isabella Yan, is the second seed in singles followed by Milagros Pastuszka (no. 3), Elle Tucci (4), and Elisabeth Djabourian (5).

We’ll be live streaming the matches at the U12 National Indoor Cup on Tennis Canada’s YouTube channel, including the championship contests on Saturday, so be sure to tune in.

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Meanwhile, the U16 tournament being held at the Île des Sœurs tennis club in Verdun, Quebec has reached the Round of 16 stage with the top players very much in contention for the hardware.

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In the boys’ singles draw, four of the top five seeds are still alive including top-seeded Adam Faragcao of Alberta, Owen A.K. Nguyen (no. 3), Hans Deng (no. 4), and Miko Lapalme (no. 5).  Sava Uncianschi of Ontario knocked out second-seeded Dani Szabo in the second round.

The girls’ singles draw is headlined by pair of players from British Columbia, Emma si yu Dong and Eliana Kook. Both have advanced to the third round along with third-seeded Sophie Kathleen Stanton and fourth-seeded Isabella Marton. 

Both doubles draws have already reached the quarter-finals with action set to wrap on Thursday.