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Fall Harvest Champs Classic - 2009
Twelve-year-old Kennosuke Nouchi of Japan was the star of this year's event held at The Grant Connell Centre October 9-12.  Kennosuke, unknown and un-seeded in the tournament, surprised everyone with his play and won the Boys' 12 title.  Later, we found out that he is ranked 16th in Japan!

Photo 1: Daniel Raw, left, and Eric Fought.  These two 13-year-olds keep getting taller and taller. Daniel lost to Patrick Walker, the winner of last year's event, 6-4, 6-4, in the Boys' 16 quarterfinals, and Eric lost to  Benjamin Sigouin, 6-4, 6-4, in the U14 semis.

Photo 2: The Hoole family, all ten of them, came from Victoria to support Austen and Brook Hoole.  Austen lost to Eric Fought, 6-1, 6-4, in the Boys' 14 quarters, and Brook lost in the first round to George Luca.

Photo 3: Gerard Siucho, back from Peru with his fiancee for a short visit.  Gerard, is a former tennis coach at the Grant Connell Tennis Centre, the Hollyburn Country Club, and the West Van Tennis Club. It's good to see you back again, Gerard.

Photo 4: From left to right: Brandon Fung, his sister Stacey Fung, and Larry Zhao.  Brandon lost in the Boys' 14 quarters to Mark Nguyen, the eventual winner, 6-3, 6-2.  Stacey beat Mackenzie Campbell, 6-2, 6-2, to claim the Girls' 14 title, and 10-year-old Larry overcame Neel Phaterpekar in a close match, 8-7(5), in the Boys' 14 consolation final. 

Photo 5: Sam Gouneili, left, and Todd Fought.  Sam lost to Kennosuke Nouchi, 6-3, 6-0, in the Boys' 12 final and Todd beat James Choi, 6-3, 6-4, to win the Boys' 16 title.

Photo 6: Tim Portnov, the Boys' 16 top seed, receives comfort from Vadim Korkh after losing to Daniel Shen, in the quarters, 6-4, 6-4.

Photo 7: Wayne Elderton, left, and Rob Fought enjoy watching the games. Wayne is the tennis director at the Grant Connell tennis Centre and Rob was the Hollyburn Junior Classic's tournament director.

Photo 8: Claire Allan is updating the results on line. She and the other referees worked hard to handle 200 players over the long weekend.

Other final results
Girls under 16 &18 : Vivian Tsui def. Maria-Luisa Robu, 6-2, 6-2. Girls under 10 : Mikayla Fan def. Madison Fan, 6-3, 6-4.  Girls under 12 : Andrea Gu (right in the photo) def. Luna Crawford, 6-4, 6-2.

Boys under 18 : Nathaniel Sauder def. Wesley Bertsch, 2-6, 7-6, 10-5.  Boys under 14 : Mark Nguyen (left in the photo) def. Benjamin Sigouin, 6-0, 6-0.   Boys under 10 : Anand Dhatt def. Andy Sun, 6-1, 6-1. 

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