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Where has the summer gone?
Above are two frustrated junior players trying to dry the centre court for the Whistler Racquet Club Junior Championships over the weekend, Sept. 20-21.

Where has the summer gone?  Rain, cold and mist have left summer tennis in BC ugly.

The trend brought rainy skies to the Whistler Racquet Club on its opening day, one day earlier than it was anticipated, and caught organizers by surprise.  A manageable situation became very hard to manage with only three indoor courts. First the consolation was cancelled, then came a switch to shorter matches, the pro-set (first to 8 games), and finally the doubles were cancelled (although outdoor play resumed the next day).

Photo 1 (left): Kirk Paterson and his assistant James Grant had to deal with the frustrated parents and players.

Photo 2: Jake Perkins had to wait five hours to play his first match on Saturday.

The Vancouver Open (July 26 - August 3), Jericho Masters (August 25-30), Hyack New Westminster Invitational (August 23 - September 1), and Coquitlam Junior Open (August 23-29) were among tournaments caught in rain.

The Senior Open was originally scheduled for the West Vancouver Tennis Club as in previous years,but moved to the Jericho Tennis Club this year due to West Van's court repairs.  Bad weather forced the Jericho Masters to cancel all its consolation matches.

Photo 3: Vicki Salter from the Jericho Tennis Club welcomes players at the reception where an excellent barbeque was served.

Photo 4: Players cheer for the lucky winner of the grand door-prize.

Photo 5: The West Vancouver Tennis Club major re-construction of its courts was interrupted by rain delays in August and September.

Delta Town & Country came to the rescue of the New Westminster Tennis Club and offered their indoor courts for their tournaments, the Hyack Invitational

Photo 6: Adrian Tan and his team at Coquitlam Tennis Club did a great job handling the situation.  Adrian posted a record 34 updates on the tournament's home-page in managing eight days of competition.  Good job Adrian!

At the Whistler Racquet Club Junior Championships, we came across the most improved player of this season, Benjamin Sigouin.

Photo 7: Benjamin Sigouin, a talented player to watch.  Nine-year-old Benjamin won the Boys' U12 final 6-1, 6-0.  Congratulation to him and his parents.

Now that the summer has officially ended, we look forward to loads of reliable matches indoors.  The first upcoming tournament is the Fall Harvest Champs (October 10-13) at the Grant Connell Centre.

See you on the courts.