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Ontario Tennis 2017/2018 | Summer 2017

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F or the past three years Credit Valley Lawn Tennis Club has hosted an under 12 national selection tournament and I have been the tournament director. For me those three days have given me a chance to meet some of the youngsters, many of whose names I have seen while putting together Ontario Tennis magazine articles. It also has given me some time to watch the last few matches and see how these kids are playing and I have been impressed by their play and in particular their doubles play, given that they play so little competitive doubles. In our interview with Gaby Dabrowski, she emphasised how junior results count for very little as a predictor of ultimate success on the tour. They do however give players an opportunity to get financial assistance, to get noticed and be included in group training programs such as the National Tennis Centre programs. Among the finalists at this year's U12 national selection tournament there were 5 players who had been finalists in one of the OTA Champions events for U9/U10 players and thus had won funding assistance for their private coaching. Stefan Simeunovic (Oakville) was the ultimate winner of the boys' singles, beating Alexander Mitric in the final. Stefan had won the U9 Champions event in 2014. The boys doubles was won by Matthew Overvelde and Sasha Rozin. They beat Joshua Kim and Adrian Smith in the final. Singles semi-finalist and doubles finalist ,Adrian Smith, had been runner up in the U9 Champions event in 2014. On the girls' side, Kayla Cross won the singles, beating doubles' winner, Victoria Mboko in the final. Victoria had been a U9 Champions winner in 2014 and her doubles partner, Madison Lee, had been the Champions finalist that same year. Singles semi- finalist and doubles finalist, Scarlett Nicholson who was teamed with Iulia Cristina Bucea, had been the U10 Champions winner in 2016. Will these U12 national selection winners and former Champions' winners be the future of tennis in Canada? Will other players who enter the fray at an older age overtake them? Nothing is ever certain. But these youngsters are being given the opportunity to prove themselves in competition and to get plenty of expert coaching to ensure they get a sound foundation for their fitness and their technique. Then how they perform will be mostly between their ears and in their hearts. Do they have the passion, the patience and the perseverance and the maturity to continue their journey? Do they have the physical strength to keep training and playing as they grow? Do they have the intellect to figure out the strategies to best utilise their strengths and the appropriate balance between confidence and willingness to learn and adapt? No matter how they perform in competition, I do hope that they stay in love with the sport of tennis; and even if they do not become champions as juniors or as Open players that they still know they can realise dreams of representing country and traveling the world with tennis as senior players. UNDER 12 NATIONAL SELECTION Ella James, Cenan Liu, Madison Lee, Victoria Mboko, Maria Popova, Kayla Cross, Iulia Bucea and Scarlett Nicholson. Sasha Rozin, Matthew Overvelde, Stefan Simeunovic, Denis Granulo, Alexander Mitric, Milos Micic, Joshua Kim and Adrian Smith ready for semi- finals of doubles JUNIORS 22 SUMMER 2017 | TENNISONTARIO.com BY PAM OLLEY ARE THESE WINNERS AND CHAMPIONS THE FUTURE OF TENNIS IN CANADA? THEY HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF. WILL THESE U12 NATIONAL SELECTION WINNERS AND FORMER CHAMPIONS' WINNERS BE THE FUTURE OF TENNIS IN CANADA? WILL OTHER PLAYERS WHO ENTER THE FRAY AT AN OLDER AGE OVERTAKE THEM? NOTHING IS EVER CERTAIN. KAYLA CROSS

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