The 6th annual $25,000 Kelowna Futures ITF tournament kicked off this week at Parkinson Recreation Centre in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Eleven Canadians earned their spot in the main draw of the tournament including ATP No. 314 ranked Filip Peliwo.
Peliwo had a great first round against a formidable opponent. He was matched up against NCAA varsity player Josh Hagar from Notre Dame University. Peliwo proved to be too much for the American Hagar winning the match 7-5, 6-0. He will now face another American in Jayson Amos. The Oregon Ducks product will have a tough match against a confident Peliwo in the second round.
No. 5 seed Canadian Philip Bester also advanced to the second round after defeating Australian qualifier Mark Verryth 6-3, 7-6(4). The veteran tennis pro will now contend for a quarter-final berth against Deiton Baughman of the United States.
A pair of 18 year old Canadians were facing off in the first round as Calgary’s Joshua Peck battled Vancouver’s Benjamin Sigouin. Peck had just completed his freshman season with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and was hoping to swoop into the second round. However, Sigouin was able to withstand a first set flurry to win the match 7-5, 6-1.
Sigouin second round match is against No.2 seed American Marcos Giron. Giron defeated the 2016 U-18 Canadian singles champion Nicaise Muamba in the first round. The 16 year old from Gatineau dropped the first set 6-3 but rebounded with a strong second set pushing a tiebreak but ultimately losing 7-6(4).
A day in the life of Benjamin Sigouin at Montreal’s national training centre:
Calgarian and University of Texas Longhorns product Harrison Scott had a tough first round matchup as he faced No. 1 seed American Alexander Sarkissian. The Canuck put up a valiant effort taking the first set 7-5, however Sarkissian battled back taking the next two sets 6-1, 6-3 and advancing to the second round. Sarkissian’s second round matchup is against Jody Maginley of Antigua.
It was a match up of veterans as 36 year old Canadian Henry Choi and Uruguay’s Marcel Felder, 32, were on opposite ends of the court. Choi dropped the first set 6-3 and had a strong second set against the No. 7 seed Felder but ultimately lost 7-6(1). Felder will now face American qualifier Ronnie Schneider in the second round.
Canadian Riaan Du Toit did not have a strong start to his match against No. 8 seed American Connor Farren, losing the first set 6-0. However, he battled back to win the second set 6-4 and force a third set. Unfortunately for Du Toit, the higher seeded Farren took the the third set 6-4 and won the match. Farren will face Great Britain’s Mark Whitehouse in the second round.
It was a Canadian showdown between compatriots Alexander Day and Calvin Thalheimer. Both players received wildcards into the Kelowna tournament. Thalheimer is just 16 years of age while Day is five years his senior at 21. Day was able to defeat the young upstart in straight sets 6-3,6-3. He will now move on to face No. 4 seed American Raymond Sarimento.
Pickering, Ontario native and Indiana Hoosiers varsity player Raheel Manji was up against Deighton Baughman of the United States in the first round. Manji was looking to make the most of his wild card opportunity but lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
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