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Hollyburn Winter Classic 2009
Above, Andre Sobati (left in the photo) shakes hand with Sam Gouneili after losing, 7-5,6-1, in the quarterfinals of the Boys' 12 in the first Annual Hollyburn Winter Classic, Dec. 3-6.   Nine-year-old Andre, a talented lefty, played well with some really good rallies in the first set against the top seed.

A record number of 210 players participated in the first tournament of the Junior National Indoor Qualifying Series.  The 2010 format has changed this year, with the second tournament scheduled for the mid. January and the third in March.

Photo 1: From left to right: Arisha Ladhani, Alexis Prokopuik and Stacey Fung.  Vivian Tsui, in the Girls' 16, beat Arisha in the semis, 6-1, 6-4, and Alexis in the final, 6-2, 6-3.  And for Stacey, she lost to Ivana Erdevicki in the Girls' 14 semis, 6-2, 6-0.

Photo 2: Aaron Chiu with his mom, Adri, left, and Gary Ho with his mom Ada.  Aaron beat Sam Gouneili to win the Boys' 12 final and Gary beat Eric Fought to capture the Boy's 14 title.

Photo 3: Todd Fought, left, and Tim Portnov.  Todd had to beat two talented 13-year-olds to win the Boys' 16 title; Tim Portnov in the semis, 7-5, 6-2  and Daniel Raw in  the final, 6-3, 6-3.

Photo 4: From left to right:  Alex Gravina (pro at the Hollyburn Country Club), Reggie Zebi (professional fitness trainer), and Philip Bester.

Photo 5: Michael Bitcon, left, and Joseph Chen.  Twelve-year old Joseph, from Portland, Oregon, was seeded 1 in the Boys' 14.  He beat  Michael, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round but came short in the quarters and lost to Gary Ho, 6-2, 6-3.

Photo 6: Ivana Erdevicki, left, and Mackenzie Campbell.  Ivana beat  exhausted Mackenzie, 6-2, 6-1, to win the Girls' 14 title.  Earlier, Mackenzie played a long match in the semis to beat the top seed Latonia Lam, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Photo 7: Eric Fought, left, and Adrian Chiu.  Eric beat Adrian, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, in an epic match which lasted close to 3 hours in the Boys' 14 semis.

Photo 8: Maria-Luiza Robu, left, and  Madison Shoemaker. Madison beat Maria-Luiza, 7-5, 6-3, to win the Girls' 18.

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Luna Crawford beat Carley Hunter, 5-7,6-3, 6-4, in the Girls' 12 final and Derek Lau beat Matthew Herron, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, to win the Boys' 18 title.

And our thanks goes to Rob Fought ....
for running such an excellent tournament and to all referees and volunteers who helped through out the event.