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U12 Indoor Ranking Ladder - 2008
West Vancouver Tennis Club hosted the first in a series of three Under 12 Indoor Ranking Ladder Tournaments, January 18-20.  A total of 60 players (32 boys and 28 girls) competed over the course of two and half days.

The tournament used a round robin format, with all players guaranteed three matches. Players were assigned to boxes of four, based on the year-end rankings. The top players in each box then advanced to a higher box, while losers moved to a lower box, for the next event in the series, at Jericho Tennis Club.

A few players new to the challenge ladder found that the first one or two contests on the ladder were mismatches. However, as the season progresses, the ladder will sort itself out, and mismatches will become rare.

This format not only offers local U12 tennis players a competitive ranking system, it also functions as a motivational tool, as each match is considered just as important as any other, and all players continue on to the next round.

Photo 1 (left):  Eric Fought, left, and Mark Nguyen just finished their match in Boys' Box 1.  Eric beat Mark 6-1, 6-7, 10-5.

Photo 2:  Nine-year-old Max with his dad, Vadim Korkh, a tennis pro at Jericho Tennis Club.

Photo 3:  Angie Walker, left, and Natalie Raw reporting their score to the tournament desk. Natalie won 6-0, 6-4, and moved up to Girls' Box 5.

Photo 4:  Alexis Prokopuik and her dad, Karlos.  Grandpop Paul was also there to support her.  Alexis is in the Girls' Box 1, where the top four players are listed.

Photo 5:  Brendan Guay and his dad, Serge.  Brendan's older brother, Justin, is the winner of 2007 Boys' 16 Provincial Championships.

Photo 6:  Gan, left, looked on as his daughter Runjia Gan played one of her matches. Runjia won all her matches to gain the top spot in the tournament.

Photo 7:  Mark and Sandra Hoole brought their twin boys all the way from Vancouver Island to play in the tournament.  Brook, left, was playing in Box 7 and Austin Box 4.
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