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2013 Tennis Year in Review
2013 was an exciting year for Tennis in BC.  From hosting the Davis Cup and Senior National to changes in Tennis BC organization, our Juniors' achievements, the new star (Vasek Pospisil), and even the new Ranking system.

Canada's magical Davis Cup run

Canada upset Spain on February 3 at the Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC, Vancouver, and then went on to beat Italy on April 7 to reach the Davis Cup World Group semi-finals for the first time in the tournament's history. Canada's magical Davis Cup run ended with semifinal loss to Serbia.

Our Juniors' achievements

Seventeen-year-old Alexis Prokopuik became the youngest top female player in BC. The 15-year-old Rosie Johanson won U16 Indoor National in March and went on to win the U18 National Outdoor National Singles and Doubles titles in August.

Benjamin Sigouin won U14 Indoor National in April and 15-year-olds Kyryll Kryvchun and Stacey Fung claim the singles titles at ITF Grade 5 tournament in October.  Kyryll also won the U16 Outdoor National in August.  Wow!

A New Star is Born!

Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil took the Vancouver Open and reached semis at the Rogers Cup in the summer. Vasek had a breakthrough season on the ATP Tour during which he climbed nearly 100 spots in the rankings after closing out 2012 at world No. 125 and ending this year at his career-high ranking of No. 32.

Big Changes in Tennis BC Organization

Sue Griffin joined Tennis BC as the new Executive Director, May 6.  Sue served as the President and CEO of the BC Sports Hall of Fame since 2006.

Stephen Kimoff resigned as a Director from the board and stayed on as Past President. The board appointed Sarah Dunbar to fill his vacancy.  Sarah is past president of the South Island Tennis Association.

Senior Outdoor Nationals

Jack Pedlar was introduced into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame by Tennis Canada during Steve Stevens Senior National Championships on Thursday August 22 at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club. Jack was honored for his lifelong dedication to the sport of tennis in BC.

Junior Ranking System once again is changing

After five years, Tennis Canada, again, is changing the National Rankings system that will be effective as of January 1, 2014. The existing head-to-head system which was introduced in 2009 and the way the system was calculating the rankings caused concern among parents and players. They had hard time  understandig the new ranking system. Tennis BC added to the confusion by introducing its own interpretation of the system. The points just didn't add up in many cases and system discouraged participation in competition. Read our 2009 article.

The new Rankings will be determined based on the number of rounds reached. This system will be used on a 52-week rollover period and will include the player's best results.