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Hollyburn Junior Classic - 2011
Above photos, top row, left to right, in the Girls' 16 final, Mackenzie Campbell, left, beat Latonia Lam, 6-0, 6-0; in the Girls' 18, Tracy Dong, left, beat Vivian Tsui, 4-1 Ret, and in the Boys' 14, Neel Phaterpekar, left, beat Jack Davis, 6-3, 6-2. Second row, in the Boys' 12, Isaac Davies, left, defeated Kiran Phaterpekar, 7-5, 6-0; Rob Fought, tournament director, and in the Girls' 14, Luna Crawford, right, beat Kyla Jarrar, 6-1, 6-1.  Third row, in the Girls' 12, Michelle Lim, right, defeated Andreea Craciun, 6-1, 6-4; in the Boys' 16, Alexander Day, right, beat Iacopo Beltramo, 6-1, 7-6, and in the Boys' 18, Todd Fought overcame Stas Pakhomov, 6-3, 6-0.

This year's event held, May 19 - 23 used a different formula for seeding.  Ranking points were not the only factor in seeding, as the current ranking system was thought to be over-inflating players playing up, with results based on playing players in younger age divisions. Head-to-head and the latest results from the Indoor Provincials were used.  Players, accordingly, were being allowed to play up but not seeded unless they had head-to-head wins vs. other players in that age category.

Photo 1 (left): Thank you Rob!  This is Rob Fought's seventh year running the tournament and we hope he will continue doing so for many years to come.

Photo 2: Tracy Dong and her father, left, and Vivian Tsui and her dad.

Photo 3: Milos Pospisil, Vasek ' dad, was spotted watching matches at the tournament.  Milos is no longer coaching Vasek.

Photo 4: Susie Fought, left, and Reggie Zebi are enjoying a nice sunny day on the weekend.  Susie won the Women's 45 Singles' event of this year's Van Lawn Masters, April 24.

Photo 5: Seventy-six year old Pam Hunter, a five time National Champion, singles and doubles, watched her grandson, Todd Fought, win first place at the Boys' 18 competition.   Pam's other grand-children, Eric Fought, Carley Hunter and Lindsay Hunter, were also playing in the tournament.

Photo 6: James Choi.  James lost to  Daniel Raw in the Boys' 18 Plate, 6-2, 6-4.

Photo 7: Andrea Gu with her dad, Gary, left, and Luna Crawford with her mom. Thirteen-year- old Andrea won the Girls' 16 Plate by beating Lindsay Hunter, 6-1, 6-2.

Photo 8: Long walk!  Todd Fought and Stas Pakhomov are coming up the stairs to the tournament desk.

Photo 9: Jeremy Salvo, top ten player in BC, left, and Dimitri Penchev.  Jeremy came to watch Michelle Lim win the Girls' 12 event.

More ....
We have many clubs with indoor facilities throughout BC but only few are willing to host tournaments for our juniors. Here we have Hollyburn Country Club , which has hosted six tournaments in the past six months alone, December to May, while there are clubs with no interest at all in participating in the development of our juniors.

We asked why competitive opportunities are limited for our juniors in BC, and Luke O'Loughlin, Tennis BC, Director of High Performance mentioned the above as one  of the main reasons.   'It is also important to recognize that there are clubs currently not involved in hosting Champ level events,' he said, 'which makes it more challenging and perhaps quite burdensome on other clubs who regularly pick up the slack.' 

So, what can we do to encourage them to engage in this process?


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