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pound cat
02-11-2005, 12:34 PM
Hey, tennis may overtake NHL. or, what NHL???




Rogers takes over sponsorship of ATP Tennis Masters Canada event
11/02/2005 2:07:00 PM

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TORONTO (CP) - In finally landing a new title sponsor for the ATP Tennis Masters Canada event, Tennis Canada has at long last recovered the guaranteed revenue stream it needs to develop the sport at the grassroots level.


Rogers Communications Inc., acquired the naming rights for the annual men's event as part of a four-year multimillion-dollar deal announced Friday.

The agreement runs from 2005 through 2008 and also extends the corporate giant's sponsorship of the country's annual WTA event.

Both tournaments, which alternate between Toronto and Montreal on a yearly basis, will be called the Rogers Cup.

"Corporate sponsorships, corporate activity and ticket sales at our events is where we get 90 to 95 per cent of our revenue," said Jack Graham, Tennis Canada's chairman. "So this is absolutely critical."

The men's event has been without a title sponsor since 2001, when Swiss marketing firm ISL went bankrupt. That was a huge blow to Tennis Canada, particularly after 1999 Federal anti-tobacco legislation ended Imperial Tobacco's 21-year sponsorship of both the men's and women's events.

"This has been a long time in coming," said Stacey Allaster, Tennis Canada's vice-president and tournament director. "We're just thrilled.

"The title sponsor makes the event more profitable, so that we can give more money to tennis development."

Rogers has sponsored the women's event since 2001, and its initial agreement ran through 2006. As part of that deal, Rogers had to tell Tennis Canada this year whether it wanted to extend the sponsorship.

"They finally realized that if they're going to own tennis, they should own all of it and the entire company should get involved," said Allaster.

The deal caps a busy two weeks of investing in sports properties for Rogers.

First, it closed a $25-million Cdn deal to buy the SkyDome, renaming it the Rogers Centre, and gave the Toronto Blue Jays $210 million US to spend on payroll over the next three years.

Then Rogers teamed up with rival Bell Globemedia to win the TV rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics for $153 million US.

"I think everybody is interested in sports, all members of the family," said owner Ted Rogers. "That's important to because we're a family company."

The Rogers Cup events will be promoted at the company's stores and through its various wireless, cable and Internet services. Tennis Canada hopes that helps boost ticket sales and further increase profits, which will go into its four-year strategic development plan.

Funding for grassroots level tennis had become scarce in the days without a title sponsor.

"It was post 9-11, it was difficult economic times," said Allaster.

Under its four-year strategic plan, Tennis Canada plans to:

-Give more support to top-level players;

-Increase support to provincial associations;

-Build more tennis development centres;

-Increase number and quality of coaches;

-Increase presence in parks and communities.

The deal with Rogers also calls for the start of a Rookie Tour, which will build on an existing Ontario Tennis Association program. The program's goal will be expand the network of kids playing competitive tennis and feed the most talented one into the high-level development programs.

It will be expanded outside the province if it succeeds.

"We said, 'Let's pilot this. Let's see if this is something that's really going to work,"' said Allaster. "This is that entry-level program for kids who just want to begin playing competitive tennis. We want to make it fun and motivating and hopefully find a few diamonds in the rough."

The men's Rogers Cup runs from Aug. 8 to 14 at Montreal's Stade Uniprix. The women's event takes place at Toronto's Rexall Centre the following week.

Aykhan Mammadov
02-11-2005, 03:03 PM
poun cat, will you invite me there ?

Marius_Hancu
02-11-2005, 03:58 PM
Well let's see this where this will be leading to, how much money will get to juniors and how much to bureaucrats.

For the time being, they've just shut down the best international junior tournament Canada has had, in Repentigny. Nautilus getting off the tennis business.

pound cat
02-11-2005, 04:51 PM
Marius, we're following pro. tennis, and pro tennis is all about money. It's the livelihood of every guy who plays ATP, and I'm glad to see Rogers is investing money in tennis & it will make my monthly cable bill a bit easier to pay. And Aykhan, sure I'll invite you. Where precisly are we going? I'm waiting for some posts re:Brazil Open ( under an assumed name of course) (has it even started yet?) as long as they're creative and entertaining.

Marius_Hancu
02-11-2005, 05:01 PM
Marius, we're following pro. tennis, and pro tennis is all about money. It's the livelihood of every guy who plays ATP, and I'm glad to see Rogers is investing money in tennis & it will make my monthly cable bill a bit easier to pay.

Sure, I am glad Rogers is footing the bill. I just hope the Federations would put more money into junior tennis and less into their bureaucrats.

Datacipher
02-11-2005, 06:23 PM
Well let's see this where this will be leading to, how much money will get to juniors and how much to bureaucrats.

For the time being, they've just shut down the best international junior tournament Canada has had, in Repentigny. Nautilus getting off the tennis business.

That's exactly it Marius. I almost posted, but my thoughts on Tennis Canada...I cannot even bear to start. But yes, things are worse than they have been in the past, funding for more grassroots and juniors has been promised for a LONG time....but then it get's funneled off for new stadiums etc.....apparently having homegrown canadian pros is not much of a priority. Not to mention..that compared to Western Canada you easterners are living in tennis paradise....we ain't got nothin out here...which is why we still often send our best juniors down to the US....no choice.

I will be happy when the situation ACTUALLY changes significantly.

We have had some fine talent and currently have some excellent world class juniors here in the west...but it's tough for them.

raftermania
02-11-2005, 09:31 PM
On a related note, Rogers also bought out our Toronto's famed Skydome. And by doing so, they renamed it the "Roger's Center."

"Skydome/CN Tower" have been a cultural combination representing Toronto and Canada for a long time! Sad to have to change our schemas to "Roger's Center/CN Tower."

However, great news that Rogers jumped on to TMS Toronto. I'm sure the tournament and tennis in Canada will get a nice boost by Canada's biggest communications conclomerate.

Rogers is just buying everything in Canada aren't they??? In the future, I'm sure that I'll be forced to name my child, Roger. And hopefully the bright side of that is I will also be naming him after a great tennis player by the same first name with Pete Sampras' tennis credentials - and more. :mrgreen:

Deuce
02-12-2005, 12:00 AM
So... if the men's tournament will now be called 'Roger's Cup', doesn't that sort of give away the ending?

I wonder if they'll still go through the motions of playing out the draw, or if they'll just give him the trophy right at the outset. I guess they'll play out the draw - what with money to be made, and all.

Is he really that good that the tournament organizers feel that people will still come out and watch him even if they know he's going to win?

By the way, Marius - where did you hear that the Repentigny Junior tournament was cancelled?

Richie Rich
02-12-2005, 06:06 AM
Tennis Canada still needs more $ for junior development since the best we can do on the men's tour is Dancevic and he is 160ish (nice game by the way but can't seem to breakthrough from the challengers). Nestor/Connell/Michibata were good but doubles specialists only.
They need to have juniors travel and play more international tournaments to get exposure to better players.

raftermania
02-12-2005, 08:25 AM
Hey did anybody read Wertheim this week?? What was with that comment about Nestor???

A woman asked if he could make the hall of fame and Wertheim said something like "let's not get carried away now." What's up with that? I know Nestor is a doubles specialist, but he's still a great player - Wertheim could have been a bit more respectful.

Marius_Hancu
02-12-2005, 08:29 AM
Hey did anybody read Wertheim this week?? What was with that comment about Nestor???

A woman asked if he could make the hall of fame and Wertheim said something like "let's not get carried away now." What's up with that? I know Nestor is a doubles specialist, but he's still a great player - Wertheim could have been a bit more respectful.

Yes, Nestor is a great player.

pound cat
02-12-2005, 11:31 AM
He's also a great singles player, but a chronic shoulder problem lead him to doubles. I still remember the DC match v. Rios when Nestor beat him, and Rios said he was embarrassed to have lost to him. It was this singles win which got Canada into the World Group.

Datacipher
02-12-2005, 01:05 PM
He's also a great singles player, but a chronic shoulder problem lead him to doubles. I still remember the DC match v. Rios when Nestor beat him, and Rios said he was embarrassed to have lost to him. It was this singles win which got Canada into the World Group.

But Rios was far from in form in that match, Nestor's best win I think was actually over Edberg in Davis cup when he was still a teen and Edberg was #1.

Having said all that, Nestor is very very far from a great singles player(when talking hall of fame terms). Nor did he reach his physical potential, but not because of injuries(the most serious of which were relatively recent) Most of his problems in singles were purely mental. He had a severe choking problem and he tended to go into a defensive shell against big groundstrokers. He knew his groundstrokes were too erratic to defend against the power baseliners so he'd get very tentative. I always knew it was trouble when he'd start using a chip forhand from the baseline! When I used to go to practice session with him, he was a strange player sometimes because his concentration would wink in and out and sometimes he'd be be like a zombie out there.

Still, he certainly fulfilled his potential in doubles and was a fine Canadian representative.

Richie Rich
02-12-2005, 01:44 PM
Nestor is known for not the brightest in the world. Any one who asks what tension their racquets were strung with and at what tension when they picked them up from the stringers tent is no genius.

raftermania
02-12-2005, 05:14 PM
Datacipher, are you pulling an Aykhan here? Have you trained with him? Or been to his practice sessions? Either one is pretty neat.

I met him when he was training for a DC match here and we talked about the one point where his opponent hit a **** during their AO finals and I congratulated him on the AO title. It was quite breathtaking, he was very approachable.

raftermania
02-12-2005, 05:15 PM
**** = b-i-r-d

Marius_Hancu
02-12-2005, 06:31 PM
How about Aleksandra WOZNIAK being the 3rd in the world in juniors, playing in the AO junior semis, what a great accomplishement ... Don't think Canada has ever had someone in this position ...

Girls Combined Ranking (07 Feb 2005)

1 Viktoria AZARENKA BLR 1515
2 Michaella KRAJICEK NED 1415
3 Aleksandra WOZNIAK CAN 973.75
4 Sesil KARATANTCHEVA BUL 937.5
5 Monica NICULESCU ROM 895
6 Yung-Jan CHAN TPE 887.5
7 Marina ERAKOVIC NZL 875
8 Olga GOVORTSOVA BLR 790
9 Agnes SZAVAY HUN 762.5
10 Dominika CIBULKOVA SVK 747.5

She's training at the same facility (Jarry Park, where the Master's and Ladies Tier I tournaments are taking place), where I am playing. Working very hard with her father (her coach).

Deuce
02-12-2005, 09:00 PM
I like Niculescu. She's got a fiery temperament and a very unique slice forehand - both of which keep her opponents off balance. Gutsy girl.

"For the time being, they've just shut down the best international junior tournament Canada has had, in Repentigny."
Again, Marius - where did you hear that the Repentigny Junior tournament was cancelled?

raftermania
02-12-2005, 09:10 PM
Hehe when I visited Montreal at New Years, I went to Jarry Park's indoor facility - went to the ********* shop and brought a kick-butt Prince hat. A very nice place!

Datacipher
02-12-2005, 11:06 PM
[QUOTE=raftermania]Datacipher, are you pulling an Aykhan here? Have you trained with him? Or been to his practice sessions? Either one is pretty neat.
[QUOTE]

Hi, Rafter, No, I have not hit with Nestor, but yes, I have gone to a few of his practice sessions some years ago. I went to a couple with a junior whom I had done some casual coaching with as he was growing...since he had subsequently become a pretty serious Canadian prospect, he and a few other jjuniors trained with Nestor for a week or so....I came along as a friend and "coach". I merely sat court side....I did bring a racquet...but unfortunately, I could never quite justify trying to barge in on the hitting as there were always more qualified players around! (and of course, this was an opportunity for the juniors, not me!) ;-) I kept waiting for a few of the players to say....break their legs.....but it didn't happen. Also, a few years previous, I was able to attend practice at a Davis Cup tie because I knew some of the locals and Tennis Canada people, where I also met Sebastian Lareau, Albert Chang(whom I did play...but that is a long story), and Grant Connell along with Nestor...I did not hit that time either of course but it was fun to watch from any vantage point I wanted as they worked out. They were all nice, but I didn't chat with them much as they were obviously preparing for important matches.

raftermania
02-13-2005, 12:30 AM
Datacipher, that's pretty swell.

Has Lareau retired now? He was lucky to win a gold metal with Nestor at the Olympics! Albert Chang? Michael Chang's brother/coach??? Any chance we can hear the story behind that??? :mrgreen:

Marius_Hancu
02-13-2005, 03:23 AM
"For the time being, they've just shut down the best international junior tournament Canada has had, in Repentigny."
Again, Marius - where did you hear that the Repentigny Junior tournament was cancelled?

I heard it in December here at Jarry Park from some of the people playing, then I think again at the provincial federation. Now I do not find the event on the ITF schedule, but I do find it at the federation's site. I'd have to call them tomorrow to see what the latest update is:

http://www.tennis.qc.ca/tournois_frame.html
scroll to Aout (August)
27 août - 3 septembre
(samedi au samedi)
Internationaux de tennis junior du Canada; Tournoi FIT 18 ans et moins Groupe 1 / Information : www.tenniscanada.com
Parc Larochelle,
Repentigny

I find this site, which only mentions the 2004 event
http://www.tennis-junior-repentigny.com/

A search for Repentigny at the
http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/
doen't give anything.

Not shown at Tennis Canada site, but they don't display the full year schedule yet.

Marius_Hancu
02-13-2005, 03:31 AM
Has Lareau retired now?
Yes, Lareau has retired. He's now from what I read one of the coaching pros at Tennis 13:
http://www.tennis13.com/index.asp
He's coaching now and then at Jarry Park some of the Canadian players such as Frederic Niemeyer, who's also based in Montreal.

Marius_Hancu
02-13-2005, 03:48 AM
Hehe when I visited Montreal at New Years, I went to Jarry Park's indoor facility - went to the ********* shop and brought a kick-butt Prince hat. A very nice place!
Well they added this year 4 indoor courts, which bring it to 12 and has risen the level of play and excitement. You see now many more top juniors and seniors playing there, the Quebec junior team is having monthly training there too.

Also, as you were here in winter time, you probably couldn't check on the new outdoor Court 1. Very nice. Many of the outdoor courts have been slightly moved wrt this year Masters.

andfor
02-13-2005, 06:09 AM
Isn't what Canada really needs for tennis growth and development is a bonefide tennis star? Not a doubles specialist, a top ten singles player, a Grand Slam contender, a guy who won't go to another country once he gets a little sucess.

Marius_Hancu
02-13-2005, 07:05 AM
Isn't what Canada really needs for tennis growth and development is a bonefide tennis star? Not a doubles specialist, a top ten singles player, a Grand Slam contender, a guy who won't go to another country once he gets a little sucess.
success breeds success, thus this would help majorly:-)

but I'd like first to see a better competitional framework, including the amateurs, such as the French have.

and everything starts at the basics, at the grassroots. more people should play the game. thus make more of the municipal courts free in the summer time for them.

andfor
02-13-2005, 07:19 AM
success breeds success, thus this would help majorly:-)

but I'd like first to see a better competitional framework, including the amateurs, such as the French have.

and everything starts at the basics, at the grassroots. more people should play the game. thus make more of the municipal courts free in the summer time for them.

I agree. Many countries other than the US and Canada have better junior development programs starting at the grassroots, even at the regional and international levels. The USTA has made steps to improve (some) I can't speak for the CTA.

Datacipher
02-13-2005, 08:46 AM
Datacipher, that's pretty swell.

Has Lareau retired now? He was lucky to win a gold metal with Nestor at the Olympics! Albert Chang? Michael Chang's brother/coach??? Any chance we can hear the story behind that??? :mrgreen:

No, he wasn't M.Chang's brother....I'm sure he didn't get asked that much! ;-)

He was one of our better players though, was from Calgary. He had some good success at satellites/challengers over the years.....many wins over good players at that level. His ranking I think was generally around 200...but I think he may have approached top 100 at times. He beat Nestor and Lareau in singles play in tournaments.....he once went 3 sets with Edberg at Canadian.....and I think he beat Michael Stich and Arnaud Boetch at a tournment once to make quarters before losing to Kafelnikov. He was a DC practice player.

Anyways, once he just showed up at an open tourney to play mixed doubles with some young junior girl. Not exactly sure why....was rumoured he was friend of girl/girl's family. He was obviously a bit of a ringer. You're expecting to play top area amateurs/teaching pros/juniors/college players on summer break....not a guy with a 200 world ranking! But it was pleasant surprise. Played mixed doubles against him....lost....lol....actually probably could have beaten him if I had hammered the girl relentlessly, as she was surprsingly not very good....having said that, he hardly seemed tour intense himself....so he probably could have hammered us had he been so inclined. Seemed like a nice enough fellow off court....quiet.

Datacipher
02-13-2005, 09:09 AM
[QUOTE= Marius_Hancu]How about Aleksandra WOZNIAK being the 3rd in the world in juniors, playing in the AO junior semis, what a great accomplishement ...

[QUOTE]

We also have a 16 yr old BC boy who has since relocated to Bollettieri's (naturally, but unforunately) who was seeded #2 at the Orange bowl. Unfortunately he also lost in the 1st round of the Australian this year to some kid named Donald Young 7-6, 6-1....

raftermania
02-13-2005, 09:19 AM
DC and MH, thanks for the answers. Yeah I had a feeling that Albert Chang was not his brother, Carl is Michael's brother!

Marius_Hancu
02-15-2005, 10:28 AM
OK, I called the Quebec Federation, they made some inquiries and they told me that it's certain that the International Junior Tournament at Repentigny will take place this year (in August).

Glad to hear about it and glad to hear I was wrong on this one.

Something positive has happened since December and I do not necessarily want to know what that was, just the result, that a great tradition will continue.

Deuce
02-15-2005, 09:59 PM
Thanks, Marius.

pound cat
02-16-2005, 03:27 AM
Has anyone heard anything about the possibility of TTC being allowed in Canada? I called my cable provider when TTC first appeared, and Rogers said that the CRTC had not even heard of them at that point. Now that TTC is becoming established, there will be a channel for them to review...or is CRTC likely to protect TSN ...I don't see how TTC would interfere with Can content any more than the Golf Channel. Any news on this front???

baseliner
02-16-2005, 07:58 AM
Marius (or anyone else up on Canadian tennis, is Eva Marie Pelletier still trying to make it on the WTA? Saw her last year @ the AO make it through the qualies into the main draw and thought she had a very nice game. haven't heard much about her since.

Marius_Hancu
02-16-2005, 08:17 AM
Marius (or anyone else up on Canadian tennis, is Eva Marie Pelletier still trying to make it on the WTA? Saw her last year @ the AO make it through the qualies into the main draw and thought she had a very nice game. haven't heard much about her since.

She's now at 122, her best ever.
Though she lost yesterday 61 61 to Zuluaga (1), in Bogota.
Kind of slow progress, still.

If you read French, this is about her latest title:
http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/171597.html

baseliner
02-16-2005, 10:35 AM
Thanks Marius. Yes I grew up speaking French in my home. I can still read enough to get by. Hope to see Pelletier in more Grand Slams.

raftermania
02-16-2005, 11:39 AM
There is a corollary in no TTC availability in Canada -> I will be able to get my homework done! I registered almost no productivity during the Oz Open :P

TennisD
02-16-2005, 12:43 PM
I don't see that being good news for Canadian tennis at all. Let's see, we have NO junior development system (I get no help from TC whatsoever), we have NO good singles players ATP (who watches double?) and we are nearly the laughing stock of world tennis. Someone once asked me "where are you from' at an ITF tournament after watching me practice. When I said Canada, the person replied "oh, sorry!"

Tennis Canada is sad.

pound cat
02-16-2005, 01:42 PM
This has got to be the year for Canadian tennis...no NHL to distract us, probably well into 2006. In fact I've noticed the kids on the street wielding tennis racquets and trying to serve the puck over the top of the net. Oh Canada!

pound cat
02-16-2005, 02:17 PM
To request that CRTC review and OK the Tennis Channel for Canada, go to http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/welcome.htm to the Request section.

Marius_Hancu
03-07-2005, 07:09 PM
Great news for the tennis in Quebec and Canada:


Tennis Canada signs deal with National Bank (http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/news/sports/story.html?id=239af0b1-6299-44aa-9dd1-b50847820f8b)

National Bank is sponsoring six new regional events: four Futures tournaments, worth $10,000 US each in prize money, and two Challenger tournaments worth $25,000 US each.

The deal also includes the WTA's Tier 3 tournament, the $170,000 US Bell Challenge, another Challenger in Grandby, Que., worth $50,000 US and the junior international tournament in Repentigny, Que.

sambapati
03-07-2005, 07:42 PM
Have any of you ever been to the Repentigny tournament? I went one year, and I saw a young greek player named Eleni Danilidou. (wonder whatever happened to her?? )
and can someone tell me who is commentating on RDS now? Is it still Yvan moron and Helene Pelletier?

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2005, 01:29 PM
Have any of you ever been to the Repentigny tournament? I went one year, and I saw a young greek player named Eleni Danilidou. (wonder whatever happened to her?? )
and can someone tell me who is commentating on RDS now? Is it still Yvan moron and Helene Pelletier?

Guess you haven't watched tennis in while, if you don't know about Eleni:
http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40313

And yes, Yvan and Helene are still there, fortunately replaced from time to time by Sebastien Lareau, the former world #4 in doubles, the Sydney Olympics champion in doubles (with Daniel Nestor.)
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/Titles/default.asp?playernumber=L226

And heeeree's ........... Ponton:
http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/174208.html

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2005, 01:57 PM
Qualifiers in Indian Wells:
F. Dancevic b. Tsonga 61 62 v. good result, lots of noise about the
French juniors.
Dancevic needs to beat G. Lapentti to get into the main draw (I think he can do it).

Tsonga: Finished 2003 as No. 2 junior in world...Also reached SF at Wimbledon in 2003
(l. to Mergea)...Won US Open junior title (d. Baghdatis)...

Dancevic was never this high in juniors, but he's better now in seniors than Tsonga.

I met today F. Niemeyer at Jarry, talked to him, he's preparing for
Europe (he was being coached today by Lareau)

Pelletier lost 1st round in women's Q to Beygelzimer 6-4 in the 3rd).
Drake lost in 2nd, to Diaz-Oliva.
Kirilenko top seed in qualies, v. tough tournament.

raftermania
03-09-2005, 02:00 PM
Hey TSNers, they are airing Masters Cup Uncovered with Roger Federer this monday at 4 pm. (In addition to Indian Wells actions beforehand, sweeeeeet)

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2005, 02:37 PM
Hey TSNers, they are airing Masters Cup Uncovered with Roger Federer this monday at 4 pm. (In addition to Indian Wells actions beforehand, sweeeeeet)
Yes, this is the full program:
http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/tv_schedule.asp?sport=TENNIS

sambapati
03-09-2005, 03:49 PM
Guess you haven't watched tennis in while, if you don't know about Eleni:
http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40313

And yes, Yvan and Helene are still there, fortunately replaced from time to time by Sebastien Lareau, the former world #4 in doubles, the Sydney Olympics champion in doubles (with Daniel Nestor.)
http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/Titles/default.asp?playernumber=L226

And heeeree's ........... Ponton:
http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/174208.html




Actually, I was joking about Danilidou. I know she`s been playing on the WTA tour and had some pretty good wins, though dissapeared recently(injuries??)

Thannks for the other info though. I have a hard time picturing Lareau commentating. Is he any good??

Marius_Hancu
03-09-2005, 04:00 PM
I have a hard time picturing Lareau commentating. Is he any good??
I think so.

Marius_Hancu
03-10-2005, 02:56 PM
Qualifiers in Indian Wells:
F. Dancevic b. Tsonga 61 62 v. good result, lots of noise about the
French juniors.
Dancevic needs to beat G. Lapentti to get into the main draw (I think he can do it).
Couldn't. Lost 6-4 6-2 to Lapentti (who's 115).

pound cat
03-10-2005, 03:34 PM
And the bad news is Frank lost to Lapentti 4-6 2-6

raftermania
03-10-2005, 04:07 PM
Too bad Dancevic failed to get by Lapentti, he lost 2 sets to 1.

Marius_Hancu
04-03-2005, 01:52 PM
Aleksandra Wozniak, which is presently the 3rd junior in the world, was the runner up in the
Luxilon Cup Girl's Singles
taking place during the Nasdaq 100 in Miami.

Philip Bester, another Canadian junior, was in the final of the Luxilon Cup Boy's Singles.

Congratulations to both of them!

West Coast Ace
04-03-2005, 02:29 PM
When I saw the title of this thread I thought maybe Kim Clijsters and RF had gone to the Canadian Embassy and asked for political asylum. :-)

Maybe having the pros show up will spur some interest. But it's going to take a lot of money for indoor facilities, coaching and travel (go to warmer clims in the winter to play outdoors and compete in junior tournaments) to actually grow pros. In addition to some cultural changes - I'm sure most bigger boys will be looked down on if they turn their backs on hockey for tennis.

raftermania
04-03-2005, 09:14 PM
You didn't hear the latest news??? Kim and RF have been sworn in as Canadian citizens! Not only do we have to protect the states against Russian missile attacks, but Russian tennis players too!

pound cat
04-04-2005, 03:45 AM
No Canadian looks down on Steve Nash for choosing basketball. Oh, right, he's one of the smaller boys. I think with everyone who follows any sport anywhere knowing who Roger Federer is, I think any bigger boy could chose tennis,,,esp. as the NHL has alienated so many fans by not even playng this year. Unfortunately for tennis, unlike hockey, you have to have more than 1 indoor court in a building to train tennis players, $$. & parental interest.

Marius_Hancu
04-04-2005, 05:16 AM
I just confirmed this with Tennis Canada here in Montreal.

The two Futures tournaments which normally took place in Toronto (last year in Lachine) and Montreal during the summer are rescheduled this year for the autumn, probably after Oct 15.

Taking into account the weather in Canada, I'd say this is a quite unfortunate choice. Hope they won't disappear totally from the calendar ...

Marius_Hancu
04-05-2005, 11:31 AM
Erik Chvojka, the former top Canadian junior ... great S-Volleyer, 18yrs old now ...

it took him 3 rounds of Q to get into the main draw at
USA F7 Futures
Dates : 04 Apr to 10 Apr 2005
Venue : Little Rock, AR, USA
Grade : 6.02
Surface : Hard

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/229/FRR.pdf

he's based now in New York, has a sponsor and a coach there, and will
travel from there to various Futures, trying to establish himself

let's hope he gets more points .... he's presently 1440 or so on the
computer ... thus waiting for him it's hard work ... he has the talent.

Marius_Hancu
04-05-2005, 08:09 PM
Frederic Niemeyer (who's now 2nd in the Canadian rankings), after 3 rounds of qualifying, just beat Ivo Heuberger of Switzerland (ranked 135, the 4th seed), in the Challenger at Tallahassee, in 3 sets:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/tournaments/challenger/

The top seed is Jonas Bjorkman.

Frederic is scheduled to play in the 2nd round Tsonga of France, thus another tough match.

Marius_Hancu
04-06-2005, 05:38 PM
Frederic Niemeyer beat today Tsonga (Fra), the former #2 junior in the world: 6-2 1-0 ret.

He's on a 5 match streak including the qualies. He will be playing in the quarters Van Scheppingen (Ned).

In this Challenger at Tallahassee, several seeds were eliminated: Bjorkman (1), Gambill, Moodie (2), P. Goldstein.

Marius_Hancu
04-07-2005, 10:39 AM
Aleksandra Wozniak, which is presently the 3rd junior in the world, was the runner up in the
Luxilon Cup Girl's Singles
taking place during the Nasdaq 100 in Miami.

She just beat Tatiana Poutchek (Blr), a former WTA #55, at Tunica Resorts, MS, USA:

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100011537&event=1100067692

Marius_Hancu
04-07-2005, 05:57 PM
Frederic Niemeyer beat today Tsonga (Fra), the former #2 junior in the world: 6-2 1-0 ret.

He's on a 5 match streak including the qualies. He will be playing in the quarters Van Scheppingen (Ned).
Beat him 64 64.

Now's Gimelstob in the semis. Go Frederic!

Marius_Hancu
04-08-2005, 11:56 AM
Aleksandra Wozniak in now in the quarters of the
$25,000 Tunica Resorts, MS
after

WOZNIAK Aleksandra (CAN)
6-0 6-1
DEVIDZE Salome (GEO)

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100011537&event=1100067692

Now she has a huge task, to beat
AZARENKA Viktoria
who beat her, I think in the AO junior open.

Marius_Hancu
04-09-2005, 10:46 AM
Unfortunately, Frederic Niemeyer lost in SFs of that Challenger. Anyway, he won 6 matches there.

(5) Justin Gimelstob (USA) def. Frederic Niemeyer (CAN) 6-4, 6-3

Brian Vahaly (USA) def. Robert Kendrick (USA) 6-4, 6-4

raftermania
04-09-2005, 06:51 PM
ohhh no! Niemeyer has such a wicked serve.

Marius_Hancu
04-10-2005, 11:43 AM
Well, Aleksandra Wozniak lost in QF to Azarenka, but at least I found her site:-)

http://www.aleksandrawozniak.com/en/resultats.asp

Marius_Hancu
04-11-2005, 01:38 AM
Marie-Eve Pelletier, the top Canadian women's player (140 on computer) has qualified to the main draw at Charleston after a 76 36 76 victory against Perebiynis (80) and after beating Fujiwara (107). Check this (in French):

http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/176562.html

Marius_Hancu
04-11-2005, 01:40 PM
Marie-Eve Pelletier, the top Canadian women's player (140 on computer) has qualified to the main draw at Charleston after a 76 36 76 victory against Perebiynis (80) and after beating Fujiwara (107). Check this (in French):

http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/176562.html

First round, main draw:

(Q) Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) d. (WC) Jill Craybas (USA) 57 64 62

Very good tournament for Marie-Eve.
Let's hope she will get in top 100 soon.

Next is LINDSAY!!!

Marius_Hancu
04-21-2005, 10:29 AM
Federation Cup:

Great results for now:

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=10557

Pool B
20 April
Canada defeated Cuba 3-0
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Yanet Nunez-Mojarena (CUB) 63 62
Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) d. Yamile Fors-Guerra (CUB) 62 46 75
Stephanie Dubois/Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Lumais Diaz-Hernandez/Yanet Nunez-Mojarena (CUB) 63 64

21 April
Canada defeated Brazil 2-0
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Larissa Carvalho (BRA) 36 61 60
Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) d. Maria-Fernanda Alves (BRA) 06 64 75

raftermania
04-21-2005, 12:45 PM
Wow is that an "all-french" team???

Marius_Hancu
04-21-2005, 01:03 PM
Wow is that an "all-french" team???

You mean from Quebec (Wozniak is Polish-Canadian).

3 are indeed from Quebec, Sharon Fichman is from Ontario, she has 14yrs only.
------------
http://www.tenniscanada.ca/federation/english/

Canada’s Fed Cup team take to the courts in Uruguay

April 19, 2005

Pelletier, Dubois, Wozniak and Fichman battling for berth into World Group playoff

Veteran Marie-Ève Pelletier of Repentigny, Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville and Sharon Fichman of Toronto will represent Canada this week at the Americas Zone Group 1 Competition, April 19-23 at the Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club in Montevideo,Uruguay.

Pelletier, 22, has been a member of the Fed Cup team since 2002, posting an overall record of 11-8. The Repentigny native began the 2005 season on a strong note claiming the $50,000 ITF Event in Waikoloa, Hawaii. In February she reached her first ever WTA quarterfinal in Hyderabad, India. Pelletier saw her singles rank soar to a career-high No. 116 this week following an impressive performance at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, SC.

Dubois, 18, made her Fed Cup debut last year at the Americas Zone Group 1 qualifying in Brazil. The Laval native captured her second career ITF title in Rockford, Illinois and reached the quarterfinals of a $75,000 ITF event in Midland, Michigan. This week Dubois has reached No.162 in the world – a career-high.

Wozniak, 17, also made her Fed Cup debut in 2004 at the Americas Zone Group 1 qualifying. She holds a perfect 6-0 career record in Fed Cup singles play. Currently the World No. 4 amongst juniors, Wozniak began her 2005 season with a bang winning a G1 event in Costa Rica and reaching the semifinals of the junior Australian Open in Melbourne. In February, she qualified for her first ever WTA Tour event in Bogota, Colombia and was a finalist at this month’s Luxilon Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Fichman, 14, will be making her debut with the Fed Cup team. At 14 years old she becomes the youngest player to ever represent Canada in a Fed Cup tie. Currently the No. 16 ranked junior in the world, Fichman has had an impressive start to 2005. Following two semifinal appearances at both the 26th Argentina Cup and the 27th International Junior Tournament in Chile, the Toronto native recently claimed both singles and doubles titles at the prestigious Banana Bowl in Brazil.

Canada is currently ranked 16th in the world. The Fed Cup team led by Captain (non-playing) Rene Simpson and Coach Sylvain Bruneau will face Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The Eight (8) teams will be drawn into two Round Robin pools of four (4) teams. The Round Robin format will be played April 20-22.

On April 23rd, the teams that finish in 1st position in each pool will play-off to determine which team will be promoted to the 2005 World Group Play-Offs in July. Teams that finish in positions 2-4 in each pool will play off to determine positions 3-8, with the teams finishing in 7 and 8 position being relegated to Americas Zone Group II for 2006.

Canada has made it to the World Group Play-offs in each of the last three years and will look to earn a spot amongst the prestigious 16-team World Group for the first time since 1994.

For updated results please visit www.fedcup.com

Marius_Hancu
04-22-2005, 08:02 AM
Canada and Puerto Rico will meet on Saturday to decide which nation goes forward to the World Group II Play-offs in July from Americas Zone Group I.

Go Canada!

axl1892
04-22-2005, 09:35 AM
Canada and Puerto Rico will meet on Saturday to decide which nation goes forward to the World Group II Play-offs in July from Americas Zone Group I.

Go Canada!

That's a high mountain to climb for Canada, if both Brandi and Castellvi are playing for PUR. Does anybody know the surface they are playing on?
Speaking of Fed Cup, over in Turkey, Azarenka is single-handedly taking Belarus to the world group, with wins over Peer and Bondarenko, and Netherlands might have a shot too, with their new-generation team of Krajicek and Tamaela.

Marius_Hancu
04-22-2005, 11:19 AM
That's a high mountain to climb for Canada, if both Brandi and Castellvi are playing for PUR. Does anybody know the surface they are playing on?


Venue: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club, Montevideo, Uruguay. Dates: 20-23 April Surface: Red Clay, Outdoor

raftermania
04-22-2005, 11:40 AM
Yay! They beat Cuba!

I saw Sharon Fichman play an exhibition doubles against Kournikova when she was in Hamilton. She's got game! For such a small stature too!

Marius_Hancu
04-23-2005, 01:20 PM
Big fight ... but ....

Unfortunately, as a result of this, Canada will not have the opportunity of playing for qualification in the World Groups:
--------------------------------------------
Promotion play-off

Puerto Rico defeated Canada 2-0

Vilmarie Castellvi (PUR) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 7-5 4-6 11-9

Kristina Brandi (PUR) d. Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) 6-4 3-6 8-6

Doubles not played

Marius_Hancu
04-24-2005, 04:59 AM
Philip Gubenco is in the final of the Guadalajara Futures in Mexico, after beating the highly touted Brendan Evans of the USA in the SFs.

raftermania
04-24-2005, 10:31 AM
They televised the boy's 18 indoor nationals on tv yesterday. Peter Polanski has game and a Roger Federer like forehand.

TennisD
04-24-2005, 12:35 PM
They televised the boy's 18 indoor nationals on tv yesterday. Peter Polanski has game and a Roger Federer like forehand.
Polansky didn't impress me much when I saw him play. I think I was in his half of the draw at one tourney, but I lost first round due to fatigue. Would have been interesting to play him...

Marius_Hancu
04-24-2005, 05:15 PM
They televised the boy's 18 indoor nationals on tv yesterday.

which channel?

raftermania
04-24-2005, 06:54 PM
Tennis Canada broadcasted it on a local community channel, Rogers Community television - not tsn.

Marius_Hancu
04-25-2005, 05:17 AM
Well, in that Futures final in Mexico last week:

MELO Marcelo (BRA) 1
b.
GUBENCO Philip (CAN)
6-1 6-4

still, good performance for Gubenco. Tough in those leagues.

Marius_Hancu
04-28-2005, 06:22 PM
Americas Zone Group I 2005
2nd Round
Estado Carabobo, Complejo Rafael Yanez Gordils, Valencia, Venezuela
29 April - 01 May 2005

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo?slug=lven10404282039.venezuela_canada_davis_ cup_lven104&prov=ap


http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100006624

Let's hope they will do well.

Go Canada!

Marius_Hancu
05-02-2005, 08:59 AM
Canada defeated Venezuela 4-0 in Venezuela

R1 - F.DANCEVIC (CAN) def. Y.ROMERO (VEN)
6-4 7-6(4) 6-0

R2 - F.NIEMEYER (CAN) def. J.DE ARMAS (VEN)
7-6(2) 6-1 6-3

R3 - D.NESTOR / F.NIEMEYER (CAN) def. J.DE ARMAS / Y.ROMERO (VEN)
6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2

R4 - R.STECKLEY (CAN) def. D.VALLVERDU (VEN)
6-7(2) 6-1 6-4

Marius_Hancu
05-03-2005, 04:00 PM
Do you read it as I do, that the match with Belarus will be played at Canada?
--------------------------------------
http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13246

03 May 2005
World Group Play-offs Draw
The Draw for the 2005 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-offs has been made at the ITF Offices in London and appears here.


Austria (s) (c) (*)
v.
Ecuador

Belarus (s)
v.
Canada (c) (*)

Chile (s) (c) (*)
v.
Pakistan

Czech Republic (s) (c)
v.
Germany

Spain (s)
v.
Italy (c)

Sweden (s)
v.
India (c)

Switzerland (s) (c)
v.
Great Britain

USA (s)
v.
Belgium (c)


(s)=Seeded nation
(c)=Choice of Ground
(*)=Choice of Ground decided by lot

The ties will be played on 23 - 25 September 2005, the same weekend as the World Group Semifinals. The winning nations in the World Group Play-offs will secure places in the 2006 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in Zonal Group I in 2006.

Marius_Hancu
05-03-2005, 04:01 PM
Yes, it's clear from the home page it will be at Canada:

http://www.daviscup.com/
Canada vs Belarus Canada 23 - 25 Sep 2005
tough match, but Canada has a chance.

Richie Rich
05-03-2005, 04:26 PM
so what surface do we pick? Mirnyi can play on all surfaces - especially the slick fast courts Canada used to beat the Brazilians last year.

tough tie. Maybe Dancevic can play a couple good singles matches and Nestor can pull out the doubles win. It is possible!!

Marius_Hancu
05-04-2005, 01:44 PM
so what surface do we pick? Mirnyi can play on all surfaces - especially the slick fast courts Canada used to beat the Brazilians last year.

Belarus (s)
v.
Canada (c) (*)

(s)=Seeded nation
(c)=Choice of Ground
(*)=Choice of Ground decided by lot

Canada being the host should have the choice. Romania beat Belarus on clay.

The
(*)=Choice of Ground decided by lot
is confusing things though.
Don't get it.

Max G.
05-04-2005, 04:24 PM
(*)=Choice of Ground decided by lot
is confusing things though.
Don't get it.

Well, the way it works - the first time two countries play each other, it's randomly decided who gets home-court advantage first. After that they alternate. The * is saying that this is the first time the countries are meeting and so it was randomly picked that Canada would get to play at home.

Richie Rich
05-04-2005, 04:50 PM
Thanks Max. Clears it up. Still going to be interesting to see what surface gets picked. Boys playing a lot on clay lately so maybe we'll see a match in TO this time? There aren't that many Belarussions in TO to outnumber the Canadian fans!!

Marius_Hancu
05-08-2005, 01:29 PM
Steve Nash edges Shaq in fourth-closest MVP vote

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpZmFlcXBpBF9TAzk1ODYxOTQ4BHNlYwN0 aA--?slug=ap-nbamvp&prov=ap&type=lgns

this is NBA, but still great news for Canadian sports fans.

Marius_Hancu
05-14-2005, 05:13 AM
Alexandra Wozniak will play the junior Roland Garros. It is expected she will seeded 2nd.

Marius_Hancu
05-18-2005, 02:25 AM
F. Niemeyer has won the first round of Qs or Roland Garros:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/qs/r1s3.html

Marie-Eve Pelletier and Stephanie Dubois are also in the qualies, and might have to play each other in 2nd round:-[

Marius_Hancu
05-18-2005, 02:29 AM
Already the 16th junior in the world:

16 FICHMAN, Sharon CAN 03 Dec 1990

at 14 years old.

AndrewD
05-18-2005, 02:51 AM
Marius,
is that the girl who was named to your Fed Cup squad during the recent qualifying rounds?

Marius_Hancu
05-18-2005, 03:51 AM
Marius,
is that the girl who was named to your Fed Cup squad during the recent qualifying rounds?

yes, it's her.

raftermania
05-18-2005, 08:02 AM
Fichman is a prodigy child! I hope she doesn't burn out.

Marius_Hancu
05-18-2005, 09:33 AM
Marie-Eve Pelletier and Stephanie Dubois are also in the qualies, and might have to play each other in 2nd round:-[

Unfortunately, they will not get there, both lost first round:

Lenka Nemeckova CZE 1 6 10
Stephanie Dubois CAN 6 4 8

Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN (12) 2 3
Hana Sromova CZE 6 6

baseliner
05-18-2005, 10:41 AM
The same opponent Pelletier beat in Hawaii to win the tourney at Waikoloa in three sets (Sromova). had high hopes Pelletier would make it through the qualies. By the way we don't get much Canadian tennis news in Georgia, USA. Am I correct in assuming Marie Eve Pelletier is Helene Pelletier's daughter?

federerhoogenbandfan
05-18-2005, 11:12 AM
Hey, tennis may overtake NHL. or, what NHL???

Sorry but when the NHL gets under way tennis will never come close to overtaking it in Canada. Canadians will tend to gravitate towards something we actually are winning often in.

Richie Rich
05-18-2005, 11:37 AM
DuBois lost because she is absolutley terrible. Read the threads on 5.5 males beating WTA tour players then go see her play. Makes any 5.5 man want to hop on the court and wip her butt.

Marius_Hancu
05-18-2005, 02:30 PM
The same opponent Pelletier beat in Hawaii to win the tourney at Waikoloa in three sets (Sromova). had high hopes Pelletier would make it through the qualies. By the way we don't get much Canadian tennis news in Georgia, USA. Am I correct in assuming Marie Eve Pelletier is Helene Pelletier's daughter?

Not sure about this connection.

If you read French, this is a site which keeps one pretty well informed in Can tennis:

http://rds.ca/tennis/

For English, check
http://www.tenniscanada.ca/federation/english/
but they don't keep so up to date on news items.

wimbly
05-19-2005, 08:44 AM
Am I correct in assuming Marie Eve Pelletier is Helene Pelletier's daughter?

There is no connection between the two. Helene Pelletier sais so once during tennis coverage on RDS.

Also Niemeyer lost yesterday in the second round of qualification. It was a bad day yesterday for Canadian tennis.

Marius_Hancu
05-29-2005, 12:49 AM
field of 64 ...
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/gs/r1s1.html

Aleksandra Wozniak CAN is there as (4).

Sharon Fichman CAN
Valerie Tetreault CAN
Melanie Gloria CAN
are also there

Jessica Kirkland USA is (1)

Philip Bester CAN
Peter Polansky CAN
are there too.

Good luck!

verdasco67
05-29-2005, 01:35 AM
Bester is currently leading the 11th seed Dusan Lojda (CZE) 4-1

Marius_Hancu
05-31-2005, 11:37 AM
the only one in the 3rd round for both girls and boys is Peter Polansky.

Marius_Hancu
06-06-2005, 02:59 AM
Not too good here, unfortunately:

The Stella Artois Championships 2005

Qualifying Singles - First Round
N Djokovic (SCG) d F Niemeyer (CAN) 76(2) 64
A Sa (BRA) d F Dancevic (CAN) 63 63

raftermania
06-06-2005, 08:13 AM
Ouch, those guys have power games that rock on grass too. Hopefully they'll get more success at Wimby.

Marius_Hancu
06-13-2005, 09:06 AM
Alexandra Wozniak had a very good tourney at Marseille:

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/activity.asp?player=35013643

beating (even if she was a LL) Vakulenko and Pastikova and losing to Kutuzova.

Eric Chvojka is getting close to #1000 (he was under 1,500 3 months ago). Played several tourneys in Venezuela.

http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/activity.asp?player=100013184

Richie Rich
06-13-2005, 09:14 AM
Frank D and Fred just won their first round qualifying matches at Wimby

pound cat
06-13-2005, 02:15 PM
I hope they don't meet in the qualies! TSN is showing 9 hours of LIVE Wimbledon from Day 1.

Deuce
06-13-2005, 10:30 PM
Alexandra Wozniak had a very good tourney at Marseille:

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/players/activity.asp?player=35013643

beating (even if she was a LL) Vakulenko and Pastikova and losing to Kutuzova.

Eric Chvojka is getting close to #1000 (he was under 1,500 3 months ago). Played several tourneys in Venezuela.

http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/activity.asp?player=100013184

Marius, is there a reason that you didn't mention that Marie-Eve Pelletier reached the Final of the Marseille tournament? She lost to Conchita Martinez Granados (not to be confused with one-time Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez) rather unconvincingly.

Strange that you mentioned Wozniak getting to the quarterfinals, but not Pelletier getting to the Final...

Richie Rich
06-14-2005, 09:47 AM
Fred N just lost. Frank D won first set of 2nd round quali match

Marius_Hancu
06-15-2005, 03:10 AM
Marius, is there a reason that you didn't mention that Marie-Eve Pelletier reached the Final of the Marseille tournament? She lost to Conchita Martinez Granados (not to be confused with one-time Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez) rather unconvincingly.

Strange that you mentioned Wozniak getting to the quarterfinals, but not Pelletier getting to the Final...

Totally missed that, sorry.

Marius_Hancu
06-15-2005, 03:11 AM
Fred N just lost. Frank D won first set of 2nd round quali match

Unfortunately, he lost too in this marathon match:

Uros Vico ITA Winner 64 77 11

Frank Dancevic CAN 77 61 9

Vico is #250 ...

Marius_Hancu
06-15-2005, 03:15 AM
Marius, is there a reason that you didn't mention that Marie-Eve Pelletier reached the Final of the Marseille tournament? She lost to Conchita Martinez Granados (not to be confused with one-time

Yes, as a result, Marie-Eve achieved a:
Career-High Singles No. 107 (June 13, 2005)
this is quite good.

However, this seems to have been too late to be entered in the W main draw (she won 1st round Q).

pound cat
06-15-2005, 03:21 AM
I think only Norway of Western countries has fewer pros that we do. Or maybe Andorra.

Marius_Hancu
06-15-2005, 03:54 PM
No Canadian women will get in the main draw, I guess:

R: Court 16 - Ladies' Qual. Singles - 2nd Round
Match Statistics

Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN (4) 6 4 3

Seiko Okamoto JPN Winner 1 6 6

losing to someone classified much lower will not improve one's lot.

Marius_Hancu
06-29-2005, 01:57 PM
Aleksandra Wozniak is the only Canadian junior to pass the 1st round (the others were Philip Bester, Valerie Tetreault and Melanie Gloria):

Today:
Aleksandra Wozniak CAN (6) 5 6 6
Nikola Frankova CZE 7 4 2
thus's she's in the QF.

Go, Aleksandra!

Marius_Hancu
07-04-2005, 01:22 AM
Congratulations!
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-foresthills&prov=ap&type=lgns

raftermania
07-05-2005, 01:20 PM
He made tennisweek too

Andy Hewitt
07-05-2005, 01:22 PM
Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada!

Marius_Hancu
07-05-2005, 02:02 PM
Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada! Canada!

Thanks, mate!
We need all support we can get:-)

pound cat
07-11-2005, 03:11 AM
Tennis for a laugh is coming to Ottawa, Sept. 24. Kournakova, Courier, Johm McEnroe will be playing ...somewhere. The newspaper said when but not where. Maybe the Corel Centre, although it does seem a bit big for that. I guess Ticketmaster will have tickets later.

Deuce
07-11-2005, 09:45 PM
Tennis for a laugh is coming to Ottawa, Sept. 24. Kournakova, Courier, Johm McEnroe will be playing ...somewhere. The newspaper said when but not where. Maybe the Corel Centre, although it does seem a bit big for that. I guess Ticketmaster will have tickets later.
"CJOH-TV is proud to present Legendary Nights Tennis Classic featuring John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova and Jana Novatna, Saturday September 24th, 2005 at 7:00 PM. Tickets on sale as of Friday June 17th, 2005 @ 10:00 AM. Charge by phone at 613-599-3267, toll free 877-788-3267, visit www.capitaltickets.ca (http://www.capitaltickets.ca/), visit the Corel Centre Box Office or Sports Experts locations. Visit www.corelcentre.com (http://www.corelcentre.com/)."

pound cat
07-12-2005, 04:30 AM
Thanks for the information Deuce, you're more informative than the Ottawa Citizen I'll have to fight the thousands of eager Ottawa tennis fans for a ticket before they're sold out (capacity of the Corel Centre, 14,000) LOL

Rickson
07-12-2005, 04:35 AM
Roger Federer now has 2 tournaments named after him, the Fed cup and Roger's Cup. He's a living legend.

baseliner
07-12-2005, 07:33 AM
That's ptretty funny Rickson.

Marius_Hancu
07-29-2005, 06:05 AM
The Granby challenger is here:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/877/mds.pdf

Dancevic and Murray are still in.

raftermania
07-29-2005, 08:44 AM
That's in your neck of the woods, get a chance to watch?

raftermania
08-04-2005, 10:09 AM
Canada's golden boy Daniel Nestor, interviewed by Tennisweek:

http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=13513&bannerregion=

Marty Fish the funniest on tour??

mikejsb876
08-04-2005, 10:12 AM
Canada's golden boy Daniel Nestor, interviewed by Tennisweek:

http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=13513&bannerregion=

Marty Fish the funniest on tour??

spadea is also heellla funny

raftermania
08-04-2005, 01:30 PM
Yeah the funniest thing I saw Mardy do was pour two champagne bottles on Roddick when (I think) he was talking about year-end number one at a press conference.

Marius_Hancu
08-13-2005, 03:10 AM
OK, I was of course at Montreal TMS (for 6 days).

From the Canadians, IMO the best performance was
by Rob Steckley in this match on Court 1:

K Carlsen (DEN) d (WC)R Steckley (CAN) 57 64 63

Steckley is 25, and seems to be a character. He has a small diamond (?) in his nose, a hairdo a la Rafter (before the cut!), lots of stellar tattoos on his torso which he displayed during his training with Robredo, as well as purple/pink Adidas shoes.

He moves very well, very light on his feet, a la Federer. Being over 500 on the computer and Carlsen being about 60, this was a very good result. Let's see he will progress through the ranks ... even if this comes in a late-blooming fashion.

He plays with a Dunlop M-Fil 200, reason for which he was paired for training with Robredo, probably by the local Dunlop people.

raftermania
08-13-2005, 06:51 PM
Steckley is from my neck of the woods, the tennis folks around here got a good kick out of his performance.

hyperwarrior
08-13-2005, 07:22 PM
It is a good news for canadian tennis, we all want to see battle of the ages between Nadal-Agassi. :D

Deuce
08-13-2005, 09:09 PM
When I saw Steckley, I was immediately reminded of the Jenson brothers.

That's not necessarily a good thing.

Marius_Hancu
09-07-2005, 05:30 AM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/reports/2005-09-06/200509061126031548745.html

armand
09-07-2005, 05:51 AM
Thanks, mate!
We need all support we can get:-)
I understand why RafterMania uses "mate" but I don't see any reason why you should. People are gonna begin to think we talk like Australians up here or worse yet; hide our young in marsupials

raftermania
09-07-2005, 08:53 AM
hehe, I didn't know Australians hide their young in marsupials! ;) ;)

As for Bester, I was reading tennis-x and they said he is just a poor man's Federer. In which case, his name should be Besterer, or to an even greater accuracy: Worsterer!

Marius_Hancu
10-16-2005, 01:59 PM
http://rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/190149.html
(in French)

d. Olga Blahotova, by 2-6, 6-0, et 6-4

had a problem to warm up for the final, as all the other players had left the location; nice problem to have, being in a final:-)

will be now in the top 200

sunrise
10-16-2005, 07:59 PM
[QUOTE=pound cat]Hey, tennis may overtake NHL. or, what NHL


OOOOHHH Canada, makes me feel like moving back to Canada...

raftermania
10-16-2005, 09:21 PM
So much for tennis overtaking the NHL while it was gone. But, the Roger's Cup (men/women) had exceptional crowds this year. Also another stepping stone for Canada: Stacy Allaster, longtime Tennis Canada figurehead and tournament director in Toronto is now the president of the WTA tour.

Mwahaha, with a Canadian now in the captain's chair my dreams of ice tennis are only coming closer.

Yours!05
10-16-2005, 11:26 PM
So much for tennis overtaking the NHL while it was gone. But, the Roger's Cup (men/women) had exceptional crowds this year. Also another stepping stone for Canada: Stacy Allaster, longtime Tennis Canada figurehead and tournament director in Toronto is now the president of the WTA tour.

Mwahaha, with a Canadian now in the captain's chair my dreams of ice tennis are only coming closer.Bah! Heads are rolling at Tennis Australia. Blood everywhere. Soon I expect to start a thread entitled "Good news for Australian tennis>>>" (which will be a change from "Flip flops again").
Und zen ve vill be re-konquering ze vorld heheh...

Marius_Hancu
10-24-2005, 04:26 AM
she lost to ARGERI, Maria-Jose (ARG) 3
6-4 4-0 Retired
but good result ...

$25,000 Challenger

Marius_Hancu
10-24-2005, 04:31 AM
as a matter of fact, the Qualies for it are this week

this seems to be the first (F1), which is a shame, Futures in Canada for the year (and one of only 3!--the other 2 beeing in Rimouski and Montreal, QC)

Bester and Steckley will play there

http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentfactsheet.asp?tournament=1100012446

France and Romania have 18 Futures, Italy and Spain about 25 ...

armand
10-24-2005, 07:02 AM
Hmm, the Rexall Centre has been converted into an indoor facility? And how come there is no mention of this event on the Rexall website? http://tor.tenniscanada.ca/rexall/
Something fishy's going on with Canadian tennis and I'm not just talking about the lack of Models as ball retrievers either...

Marius_Hancu
10-24-2005, 07:58 AM
Tennis Canada Names Grant Connell Tournament Director, Rogers Cup Toronto

October 12, 2005

For Immediate Release:

Wed, Oct 12, 2005

Tennis Canada Names Grant Connell Tournament Director, Rogers Cup Toronto

Native Canadian and Former International Tennis Star to Join Rogers Cup Team

Toronto (TC) – Tennis Canada announced today that Grant Connell, a former World No. 1 Doubles player and winner of more than 20 ATP tour events, has accepted the position of Tournament Director, Rogers Cup presented by American Express.

Connell, currently a member of the Tennis Canada Board of Directors, will assume the position immediately, allowing outgoing Tournament Director Stacey Allaster to help with Grant’s transition. Stacey begins her assignment as President, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on January 1, 2006.

Marius_Hancu
10-25-2005, 12:44 PM
just hit her career best:
-------------------
WTA Ranking History

Season-Ending Singles 2004-491; 2003-878; 2002-569
Career-High Singles No. 201 (October 24, 2005)

Marius_Hancu
11-01-2005, 02:14 AM
(WC) Stephanie Dubois (CAN) d. (7) Jamea Jackson (USA) 75 64
(6) Amy Frazier (USA) d. (WC) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 36 76(6)

tough, but a good result, Wozniak is #201, Frazier #70
------------
http://www.wtatour.com/newsroom/stories/NewsArticle_8342_rx.asp
third set looked to belong to Wozniak as the Canadian opened a 5-1 lead in the tie-break.
-------------
The tournament might be shown later on on RDS, I believe.

baseliner
11-01-2005, 08:50 AM
My French has deteriorated through non use. What does "Suivi de" mean? Reading the draws I know what "contre" means but am drawing a blank on Suivi de.

Thanks

raftermania
11-01-2005, 08:57 AM
I think it means followed by

Marius_Hancu
11-04-2005, 03:01 AM
Quebec City
http://www.wtatour.com/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=/global/Pdfs/events/2005/quebeccity_draws.pdf
Singles - Second Round

Shenay Perry (USA) d. Julia Schruff (GER) 76(4) 63
(3) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Emma Laine (FIN) 26 61 75
(1) Nathalie Dechy (FRA) d. Maria Emilia Salerni (ARG) 61 76(5)
(WC) Stephanie Dubois (CAN) d. Anastassia Rodionova (RUS) 36 64 62

Rodionova is #175 and she eliminated Pelletier (#146) in 1st, thus some sweet revenge for us:-)
Dubois (#159) will now be playing Dechy (1) in the QF.
As a result of this, Dubois will probably become the best ranked Canadian.

Today (QFs):
Court Bell (from 12.00hrs)
1. Arvidsson vs. Vesnina
2. Perry vs. Bartoli (NB 14.00h)
3. Rodionova/Vesnina vs. Kostanic/Pastikova
4. Dechy vs. Dubois (NB 18.30h)
5. Nagyova vs. Frazier

Marius_Hancu
11-04-2005, 03:09 AM
Bester has taken out the (1) seed!
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100012446&event=1100071779&round=1
Rob Steckley has probably finally decided to bypass the tournament, I don't see it in the draw.

Next week, it's the Futures at Rimouski:
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentoverview.asp?tournament=1100012447
Gubenco, Bester and Chvoja are entered there.

Funny thing, Steckley retired from Rimouski, only to appear entered in
another futures next week at Waikoloa, HI, USA. Guess he prefers more the sun. Too bad for us looking forward to watch him.

Then the Futures in Montreal, to which I will go watch.

Marius_Hancu
11-04-2005, 05:53 PM
OK, here's the deal:

assuming fate tells you:
you, a newcomer, can take a set 6-2 off one of the top 20 players in the world, but only if you're losing by the double bagel the last two, would you take the deal?

guess I would:-)

Bell Challenge
Singles - Quarterfinals
(8] Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 26 64 61
(3) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Shenay Perry (USA) 60 64
(1) Nathalie Dechy (FRA) d. (WC) Stephanie Dubois (CAN) 26 60 60

Marius_Hancu
11-04-2005, 05:57 PM
In one of the local tennis magazines I found a picture of Daniel Nestor as a bridegroom, beside a very becoming young lady (blonde, tall?). Seems to be a relatively recent event.

Congratulations to our Olympic Champion!

raftermania
11-04-2005, 06:17 PM
Yeah, Nestor has a pretty hot wife. There is a video of him and his wife on the atp site celebrating Lareau's induction into the Canadian Hall of Fame.

Marius_Hancu
11-06-2005, 04:29 AM
.... was flying under the radar for a while.
I saw him in Montreal Masters this summer and he seems to have lost some muscle, kind of too lean.

Now he got in the final of a $75,000 (not bad!) Challenger:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/3355/mds.pdf

He beat Kevin Kim and Erik Taino.
Let's see him in the ATP level tourneys.

Richie Rich
11-06-2005, 04:50 AM
Dancevic is a frustrating player to root for. saw him at davis cup vs belarus and he played an excellent match (5 set win over voltchkov) and then he go's to challengers and loses first round. glad to see him playing well again. hope he wins.

however, he is geting older and his chances of making it to top 100 get slimmer and slimmer every year.

Marius_Hancu
11-07-2005, 05:02 AM
Damn, Dancevic lost to that omnipresent Paul Goldstein:

http://www.usta.com/protennis/fulls...icategoryid=200 (http://www.usta.com/protennis/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=268793&itype=921&icategoryid=200)

Marius_Hancu
11-08-2005, 02:48 PM
this is news for me. good surprise:
--------------------
http://www.tenniscanada.ca/federation/english/

Tevlin Challenger Kicks Off

November 07, 2005

Following the superb tennis at the men’s F1 Futures event last week, it is now the women’s time to shine at the Rexall Centre for the inaugural Tevlin Challenger. The $25,000 Challenger is part of a generous High Performance Development donation made by the Tevlin family. The event will run all week culminating with the finals on November 13, 2005.

The Tevlin Challenger will showcase a number of up and coming women including four members of the Canadian Fed Cup team. Blainville, Quebec’s Aleksandra Wozniak, who comes into the tournament as the No. 3 seed, will face Tanja Ostertag of Germany in first round action on Tuesday. Meanwhile Melanie Gloria of Montreal will face off against Colombian qualifier Paula Zabala-Alvare. Toronto-native Sharon Fichman and Valerie Tetrault of St. Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec will play their first round matches against Great Britain’s Sarah Borwell and Croatia’s Ana Vrljic, respectively, on Wednesday.

Also entered in the main draw is Canadian veteran Maureen Drake. Ranked 218th on the women’s tour, Drake will face Antonia Matic, a qualifier from Germany, in the first round.

The Tevlin Challenger marks the second week of competitive tennis held at the Rexall Centre. The $10,000 Canadian F1 Future’s tournament concluded on Sunday. The all-American singles final showcased Philip Stolt, who defeated Vancouver’s Philip Bester in the semi-final, against the No. 6 seeded Matthew Behrmann. In a competitive match-up, Behrmann came out on top 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5. In the doubles final, Stolt came out victorious alongside partner Benjamin Becker of Germany. The pair beat second seeded Marco Crugnola of Italy and his partner Yordan Kanev of Bulgaria 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. Stolt and Becker were seeded fourth and this tournament marks the first time they have played together as a team.

armand
11-08-2005, 04:12 PM
Thanks for the link Marius! It seems like Canada isn't as bad a tennis breeding ground as I had been led to believe. A friend of mine got a WC into the qualies and she beat someone ranked inside the top 1,000! And this was her only first ever WTA event, as she's only played OTA and ITF events so it's a good sign that they can take their limited(inbred) experience and still play well.

Marius_Hancu
11-11-2005, 09:06 AM
finally, Tennis Canada cared enough to post some results here:

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100012719&event=1100073064&round=1

4 Canadians are in the 2nd round.
------
in Men's, in Rimouski, Polanki's in the QF (sole Canadian):

http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100012447&event=1100071782&round=3

raftermania
11-11-2005, 08:01 PM
I saw a bit on that futures even on the local tv station here (city tv). They said admission is free for everyone in the GTA (greater toronto region) who is listening.

Marius_Hancu
11-11-2005, 10:24 PM
beat (1) seed in SF:

(en Francais):
http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/191881.html

got to #189!
go Aleksandra!

Hope many Torontonians will go there tomorrow to encourage her!

Marius_Hancu
11-13-2005, 02:03 PM
She won the Challenger in Toronto:

b. Olena Antypina (UKR) 6-4, 6-3

Her 3 title since July, when got into the pro ranks.
The other two were in Hamilton and Mexico City.

Curious what her ranking would be after this.

Congratulations!

Marius_Hancu
11-13-2005, 06:25 PM
she lost Saturday in SF to Osterloh ... very good results in general

http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/191893.html
(in French)
----------------------------
NEWS ARCHIVE

DUBOIS MOVES ON IN PITTSBURGH

November 11, 2005

After her big win against Czech Kveta Peschke, ranked 26th in the world, Canadian Stéphanie Dubois posted another impressive win at Pittsburgh’s PNC International Tennis Classic, this time against the former number 35 in women’s tennis, Australian Nicole Pratt. By defeating Pratt 6-4, 6-4, Dubois earns a spot in the quarterfinals and will next face Severine Bremond, of France, on Friday.

“These last two wins were the best macthes I ever played” said Dubois after her match. “Yesterday, after my win, I said I would remain the same person. Today, I had a match to play and that’s exactly what I did”. The 19 year old from Laval, Quebec, had to come back from behind after trailing 3-1 in the second set. “I served very well at 4-4 and remained agressive. The points eventually turned in my favor.”

Dubois will play in a second straight quarterfinal. She had reached the same stage at Quebec City’s Bell Challenge last week.

Marius_Hancu
11-20-2005, 12:32 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100012448&event=1100071785&round=3

BECKER, Benjamin (GER) 3
b.
HUTCHINS, Ross (GBR) 7

a quite good peformance for Becker, which has also won the last week's Futures in Rimouski

Quite a good final.

Becker (not even close in physical aspect to Boris) was the steadier from the baseline, also having good serving.

Hutchins (paired in doubles with Jamie Murray, Andy's brother) is a solid all-courter, but his 2HBH is not agressive enough, also his 1st serve was down today.

The Canadians were doubles final in more than one way. Clay Donato and Jesse Levine play out of Bollettieri's, but are both Canadians, while the losers (Peter Polanski and Shamasdin) are both Torontonians.

Marius_Hancu
11-20-2005, 12:34 PM
I learned during the Futures in Montreal that Tennis Canada and Bollettieri's have entered an agreement whereby NBTA is Tennis Canada's base outside of the mother country:-)

Marius_Hancu
11-20-2005, 12:39 PM
By no showing LIVE the Masters Cup final, TSN and RDS have shown utter disregard for the tennis public in Canada and for the development of tennis in Canada.

The time of the match was something around 6am EST, which would've provided ample time for a live broacast.

Instead, TSN and RDS were providing regurgitated news at that time, and of course, will not show the entire 4 hours extra of this great final.

This is utter disregard and disrespect for the tennis lovers which have carefully watched all the related broadcasts during the week, which unfortunately weren't live either.

And don't tell us ESPN was just as stupid.
TSN could've taken the ESPN Latino feed, which broadcast all the matches live.

VOICE your LOUD and CLEAR opinions at:
http://www.tsn.ca/broadcast/email_form.asp?mailto=programming
which I of course did.

raftermania
11-20-2005, 05:09 PM
Marius, TSN is broadcasting the match at 12:30am tonight for me in Ontario. Just in case, have you checked your listings to see if it is being replayed?

This match has just been fulled with frustration from the spoilers on the board to the horrendous broadcast hours/coverage.

FedererUberAlles
11-20-2005, 05:16 PM
I used to live next to the former female no. 2 Canadian. Angela Marczak is her name, I believe.

EDIT: Just found out her surname on the tour was different.

pound cat
01-13-2006, 06:10 AM
Frank Dancevic plays Julien Benneteau in R3 of the qualies. I guess he's the only Canadian singles AO hope.

Marius_Hancu
01-13-2006, 09:49 AM
http://www.rds.ca/omniumaustralie/chroniques/195627.html

what a fight by Niemeyer! too bad he lost ...

Wozniak will play Azarenka (tough) ..., Dancevic - Benneteau in the last round of Qs.

The Q draws:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/qs/r3s1.html
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/us/r3s1.html

Common!

Marius_Hancu
01-13-2006, 05:02 PM
Dancevic lost 23 to Benneteau.
Azarenka leads Wozniak 76 31 ...

hyperwarrior
01-13-2006, 07:13 PM
Let's cross our finger for Dancevic. I always believe he's the hope for Canada. :D

P.S: By the way Marius, do you play tennis during this time of the year?
It's a little expansive playing indoors in Montreal...

PM_
01-13-2006, 09:58 PM
http://www.rds.ca/omniumaustralie/chroniques/195627.html

what a fight by Niemeyer! too bad he lost ...

Wozniak will play Azarenka (tough) ..., Dancevic - Benneteau in the last round of Qs.

The Q draws:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/qs/r3s1.html
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/us/r3s1.html

Common!

Marius_Hancu
01-14-2006, 04:12 AM
P.S: By the way Marius, do you play tennis during this time of the year?
It's a little expansive playing indoors in Montreal...

I am playing much less, at Jarry, best prices and courts (one loves the leve-tot). Doing lots of conditioning, that's much less expensive, having already the Nautilus Plus membership.

Plus at Jarry, you see some of the pros, whoever they are, around, from time to time. Niemeyer, Wozniak, etc.

pound cat
01-14-2006, 05:00 AM
The good AO news is that TSN is showing 40 hours of live/taped AO tennis in the first week!

Appreciaton to TSN may be e-mailed to

audience_relations@tsn.ca

Marius_Hancu
01-27-2006, 06:34 AM
In the QFs:

Sharon Fichman CAN (5) 4 6(5)
Raluca-Ioana Olaru ROM (2) 6 7(7)

quite a good result. Fichman will be 16 in March. She's at #17 in the junior rankings.

Peter Polansky lost first round, unfortunately.

In the over 18, Wozniak lost in the last round of the Q's to Azarenka, which lost 1st round in the main draw to Sania Mirza ...

tom-selleck
01-27-2006, 06:39 AM
In one of the local tennis magazines I found a picture of Daniel Nestor as a bridegroom, beside a very becoming young lady (blonde, tall?). Seems to be a relatively recent event.

Congratulations to our Olympic Champion!

this last summer. decent coverage in toronto papers.

i played right beside him the very next night. ("hey, that guy looks like daniel nestor! that's because.... ")

his groundstrokes had more bite than mine.:confused:

raftermania
01-27-2006, 11:06 AM
his groundstrokes had more bite than mine.:confused:

hehe, hard to feel proud about your game when you're playing beside nestor. That's funny.

Richie Rich
01-27-2006, 11:48 AM
Thanks for the link Marius! It seems like Canada isn't as bad a tennis breeding ground as I had been led to believe. A friend of mine got a WC into the qualies and she beat someone ranked inside the top 1,000! And this was her only first ever WTA event, as she's only played OTA and ITF events so it's a good sign that they can take their limited(inbred) experience and still play well.

Fichman?

armand
01-27-2006, 01:04 PM
Fichman?I am not aware of any such activity nor would I have the liberty to divulge any knowledge of activities if they did in fact exist. Sir.

Richie Rich
01-27-2006, 02:21 PM
I am not aware of any such activity nor would I have the liberty to divulge any knowledge of activities if they did in fact exist. Sir.

can't be Fichman, she lost first round of qualies at York in 2005. my bad.

BTW, can you reply in english (and not be so clandestine) next time? :) You must think you're important or something.

pound cat
01-27-2006, 02:50 PM
Mixed Doubles - Finals AO

Daniel Nestor CAN (6)
Elena Likhovtseva RUS (6)
vs.
Mahesh Bhupathi IND
Martina Hingis SUI

Deuce
01-27-2006, 10:16 PM
When I saw Sharon Fichman, I was amazed at how someone so young could have such an obnoxious and unsportsmanlike demeanor. A true spoiled little brat.

Unless she drastically and dramatically alters her attitude, no matter how much success she may or may not achieve, she will be little more than an embarrassment to Canadian tennis.

Marius_Hancu
01-30-2006, 03:55 AM
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki
of Denmark 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 for the girls title.

She teamed with Sharon Fichman of Canada to win the doubles, defeating
Alize Cornet of France and Corinna Dentoni of Italy 6-2, 6-2.

Martina Hingis teamed with Mahesh Bhupathi of India to defeat Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in the mixed doubles final.

Richie Rich
01-30-2006, 09:03 AM
Dancevic won the Hawaii Challenger in 3 sets over Lu of Taiwan on Sunday.

tom-selleck
01-30-2006, 09:32 AM
Dancevic won the Hawaii Challenger in 3 sets over Lu of Taiwan on Sunday.

congratulations frank!!

baseliner
01-30-2006, 12:25 PM
I think Marie Eve Pelletier won the doubles at Waikoloa Sunday (and got to the semis in singles)

Marius_Hancu
02-06-2006, 07:25 AM
Dancevic won the Hawaii Challenger in 3 sets over Lu of Taiwan on Sunday.

great stuff:-)

Aleksandra Wozniak is now at #145, won 3 Q matches in Thailand, including the last one vs Fedak (#127), who was (4), thus she will win more points.

First match in the main draw tomorrow against Na Li (#63), not easy.

Marius_Hancu
02-06-2006, 01:43 PM
Dates : 30 Jan to 05 Feb 2006
Venue : Rockford, IL, USA

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyRound.asp?tournament=1100013102&event=

Comments in French:
http://www.rds.ca/tennis/chroniques/197412.html

Marius_Hancu
02-07-2006, 03:37 AM
Pattaya Women's Singles

(Q) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Na Li (CHN) 63 61

Na Li is #65.

This is 4 matches won in that tournament, including the Q.

She plays next Llagostera Vives (#45), even tougher.

pound cat
02-07-2006, 06:04 AM
Nestor/Knowles win Doubles title....Delray

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (CP-AP) - Daniel Nestor of Toronto and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas won the International Tennis Championship doubles title Sunday, beating Chris Haggard and Wesley Moodie 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

The top-seeded duo picked up the championship after a slow start to the season, in which they were knocked out of the quarter-finals of the Sydney International before losing in the first round of the Australian Open.

They were able to take advantage of their third-seeded rivals Sunday, as the South African pairing was in their second match of the day. They earlier beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and American Vince Spadea in a semifinal.

Nestor and Knowles played their semifinal Saturday, defeating Oliver Marach of Austria and Cyril Suk of the Czech Republic, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (13) and a 10-4 tiebreak.

Marius_Hancu
02-15-2006, 04:57 PM
in Quebec:

http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100013114&event=1100076435

pound cat
02-27-2006, 02:36 PM
Seeing as we can't hope to have taped this, so no results to screw up, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor def. Federer/Almagro at Dubai 1-6 7/6 (4) 10-6.

Richie Rich
02-27-2006, 02:44 PM
Dancevic lost in the finals of a challenger in France to Nicolas Mahut. Climbed up the rankings this week too with his win a couple weeks ago and finals yesterday. hopefully makes direct entry to US Open?

Marius_Hancu
02-27-2006, 03:32 PM
Seeing as we can't hope to have taped this, so no results to screw up, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor def. Federer/Almagro at Dubai 1-6 7/6 (4) 10-6.

great stuff. make Fed work on his S-V, gentlemen:-)

Question: are they playing under No-Ad rules now in doubles?

BTW, there are 3 Futures in Canada in March, two at Laval/Montreal.

shawn1122
02-27-2006, 04:26 PM
I think it is no-ad as well as a match tiebreak at 1 set all.

Marius_Hancu
02-28-2006, 01:57 PM
Tournament Name :Carrefour Multisports Laval
Address : 3095 Autoroute Laval, Laval, Quebec

I think the qualies are next week, the tournament itself March 6-12

Entry list:
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentacceptanceList.asp?tournament=1100012961&event=&order=Position

pound cat
03-02-2006, 05:12 AM
Toronto's Daniel Nestor and partner Mark Knowles continue to roll at the Dubai Open.

The No. 1 seeded doubles team had little work to do in defeating Czech teammates Petr Pala and Cyril Suk, 6-4, 6-0 in Wednesday's doubles quarterfinl.

The pair will next face the winner of the Fabrice Santoro, Nenad Zimonjic versus Tomas Berdych,
Radek Stepanek match.

iksmols
03-02-2006, 07:27 AM
How about Aleksandra WOZNIAK being the 3rd in the world in juniors, playing in the AO junior semis, what a great accomplishement ... Don't think Canada has ever had someone in this position ...

Girls Combined Ranking (07 Feb 2005)

1 Viktoria AZARENKA BLR 1515
2 Michaella KRAJICEK NED 1415
3 Aleksandra WOZNIAK CAN 973.75
4 Sesil KARATANTCHEVA BUL 937.5
5 Monica NICULESCU ROM 895
6 Yung-Jan CHAN TPE 887.5
7 Marina ERAKOVIC NZL 875
8 Olga GOVORTSOVA BLR 790
9 Agnes SZAVAY HUN 762.5
10 Dominika CIBULKOVA SVK 747.5

She's training at the same facility (Jarry Park, where the Master's and Ladies Tier I tournaments are taking place), where I am playing. Working very hard with her father (her coach).
I was wondering if her parents are originally from Poland (Her first and last names are very common in Poland).

pound cat
03-02-2006, 07:36 AM
All except one are of Eastern European origin except for one.

(Are Hungarians considered Central Europeans?)

pound cat
03-03-2006, 04:29 AM
Knowles/Nestor def Santoro/Zimnovic 6/7 64 10/2 and are in the Dubai finals.

armand
03-03-2006, 08:30 AM
All except one are of Eastern European origin except for one.

(Are Hungarians considered Central Europeans?)Politically/traditionally, yes. But not really geographically.
Hey, how come the druggie is still on there? Isn't she supposed to have been stripped of her rank?

Mr.Federer
03-03-2006, 08:34 AM
Tournament Name :Carrefour Multisports Laval
Address : 3095 Autoroute Laval, Laval, Quebec

I think the qualies are next week, the tournament itself March 6-12

Entry list:
http://www.itftennis.com/mens/tournaments/tournamentacceptanceList.asp?tournament=1100012961&event=&order=Position


Will you be going to that tournament Marius?

Marius_Hancu
03-03-2006, 02:31 PM
I was wondering if her parents are originally from Poland (Her first and last names are very common in Poland).

Re: Aleksandra Wozniak
Yes, they are of Polish ancestry

Marius_Hancu
03-03-2006, 02:33 PM
Will you be going to that tournament Marius?

trying to, not sure on which days.

as you can see, there will be 2 Futures at that location in Laval during March.

armand
03-03-2006, 04:15 PM
trying to, not sure on which days.

as you can see, there will be 2 Futures at that location in Laval during March.Marius, have you ever used the phrase "I'm going back to the futures tournament...."?
That woulda been funny. You have my permission to use that joke, make people laugh, and spread joy.
Cheers!

giver deaner
03-04-2006, 11:30 AM
Hey, any picks to win the futures in Laval. I'll go first.

Steckley I heard he's been training real serious in Florida

pound cat
03-16-2006, 04:14 PM
4 hours of IW Live tennis on RDS... for anyone in the Ottawa/Montreal area. 14:00 to-day (Dementieva, Federer), to-morrow 14:00 . They show first 2 matches up on Stadium 1. Sunday 14:00 Men's final live.

pound cat
03-19-2006, 02:29 AM
Nestor/Knowles win IW doubles title def. Bryan/Bryan 6-4 6-4

(Playing doubles is not the way to get rich quick)

http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story.asp?id=159233

giver deaner
03-20-2006, 07:44 PM
Hey, any picks to win the futures in Laval. I'll go first.

Steckley I heard he's been training real serious in Florida
Whooopps, OK new picks for F3
anyone, Bueller...

Marius_Hancu
04-08-2006, 09:19 AM
Not too good ...
http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100007723
but to be expected on clay ...

Marius_Hancu
04-12-2006, 05:04 PM
http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100013595&event=1100078671

let's wish her well

armand
04-12-2006, 05:27 PM
And Stefani Dubois is the 5th seed. Let's wish them both well. Go Canada!

Marius_Hancu
04-13-2006, 04:47 PM
unfortunately Wozniak lost first round:
6-4 7-6(2) to KIX, Daniela (AUT), someone worse ranked, not good ...

Dubois however won: 6-3 1-6 6-1

Marius_Hancu
04-16-2006, 04:27 PM
That must be Boris Becker in the final:-)

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2006/3412/mds.pdf

Joking of course, I saw this Becker last year in a Futures in Montreal ...

Good result for Niemeyer to beat Taino and Jeff Morrison ... and the new Serb Bozoljac, who hit recently 153mph ...

Marius_Hancu
04-25-2006, 01:50 PM
Joining Sampras and the others ...

http://www.wtt.com/players.asp?season=2006&player_id=200

raftermania
04-25-2006, 08:43 PM
Marius, do you think Frederic serves faster than Pete?

armand
04-25-2006, 09:13 PM
That must be Boris Becker in the final:-)

Joking of course, I saw this Becker last year in a Futures in Montreal ...Oh Marius, you're getting way out of hand!

That's a great win for Niemeyer! $50 grand ain't bad! But what was Bogdanovic doing in that tournament? I thought he was way passed this level.

Hey, does anyone know if a Dancevic works or trains at Mayfair? I thought I saw him or a sibling there.

hyperwarrior
06-09-2006, 07:48 AM
Philip Bester in the final of the French Open junior. Quite impressive!!! A canadian on clay.

LN_Dad
06-09-2006, 03:44 PM
Philip Bester in the final of the French Open junior. Quite impressive!!! A canadian on clay.
Has anyone ever seen him play? What kind of game does he have?

armand
06-09-2006, 05:28 PM
Wonder if he's any relation to Alan Bester, former Maple Leafs goalie tender.

Marius_Hancu
06-11-2006, 09:47 AM
OK, Bester lost in the boys final, but not many get there:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2006-06-11/200606111150034206991.html

Sharon Fichman won the girls doubles final with Pavlyuchenkova:-)

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/draws/gd/index.html

Marius_Hancu
06-11-2006, 12:46 PM
Great stuff for him.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2006/311/QS.pdf

Frank plays tomorrow with K. Carlssen and I think he has a serious chance.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2006/311/OP.pdf

Fred Niemeyer lost in the 2nd round of Q's to Bogomolov, who didn't qualify though.

Marius_Hancu
06-11-2006, 12:49 PM
Great achievement for the Doubles Master. He's played with Likhovtseva.

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2006-06-09/200606091149875707701.html

Marius_Hancu
06-12-2006, 10:07 AM
Frank plays tomorrow with K. Carlssen and I think he has a serious chance.

He beat the guy. Gets some good points:-)

9000tennis
06-12-2006, 11:51 AM
Who is Frank Dancevic by the way? He's quite young right? Has he beaten any good players on the tour, and did he do well as a junior?

Mr. Kenneth Carlsen has the amazing record of losing most times in the first round in Grand Slams, and he's Danish too... (like me) :)
Time to retire old man!

hyperwarrior
06-13-2006, 08:38 PM
Our #1 canadian VS the #1 american...Roddick VS Dancevic.

Can't wait to see the result. lol!

raftermania
06-13-2006, 10:00 PM
lol, no offence but it's like the US Army versus the Canadian Military. haha

Marius_Hancu
06-14-2006, 06:53 AM
Our #1 canadian VS the #1 american...Roddick VS Dancevic.

Can't wait to see the result. lol!

Not sure what you meant.
The Canadians _can_ play:

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Stella Artois Championship, Queens Men's Singles

F. Dancevic 6 4 3
A. Roddick 2 6 6
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Rhino
06-14-2006, 07:00 AM
I will be in Toronto during this event (Rogers Cup).
Can anyone tell me, is it easy to get tickets on the day? Can I just turn up and expect to get into the main show court? Do I have to line up early?
Any info appreciated.

Marius_Hancu
06-14-2006, 07:05 AM
I will be in Toronto during this event (Rogers Cup).
Can anyone tell me, is it easy to get tickets on the day? Can I just turn up and expect to get into the main show court? Do I have to line up early?
Any info appreciated.

Not sure about Toronto, but no problems in Montreal.

It might be difficult to get good seats (the 100s are given here to the sponsors), but you should be able to get 200 and 300s).

100s should be available at the scalpers.

Be there 1 hour in advance though.

Also, I strongly suggest to get there in the first 3 days, to be able to see the players close up on outer courts and court no 1. It's much different than being perched up in the damn 300.

Rhino
06-14-2006, 07:16 AM
Not sure about Toronto, but no problems in Montreal.

It might be difficult to get good seats (the 100s are given here to the sponsors), but you should be able to get 200 and 300s).

100s should be available at the scalpers.

Be there 1 hour in advance though.

Also, I strongly suggest to get there in the first 3 days, to be able to see the players close up on outer courts and court no 1. It's much different than being perched up in the damn 300.
Thanks Marius.

Richie Rich
06-14-2006, 08:00 AM
Rhino,

no problem getting tickets for first couple days. just buy the cheapest ticket and go to the outside courts. you get really close to the action. Montreal is much the same - outside courts usually provide the best way to see matches up close.

hyperwarrior
06-14-2006, 03:12 PM
Not sure what you meant.
The Canadians _can_ play:

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Stella Artois Championship, Queens Men's Singles

F. Dancevic 6 4 3
A. Roddick 2 6 6
-----------

I know the canadian can play. I meant it's been a while I didn't see our canadian against a superstar...

Dancevic did great, he took a set from Andy and that's a huge hope for here.

Marius_Hancu
06-20-2006, 07:36 AM
Unfortunately, they haven't done too well:

Ladies' Qual. Singles - 1st Rnd.

Barbora Strycova (CZE)
def Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)[23]
6-2 6-4

Ivana Abramovic (CRO)
def Stephanie Dubois (CAN)
6-3 6-3

Niemeyer lost first round too.

Dancevic, however, is in the 3nd.

Richie Rich
06-22-2006, 08:59 AM
Dancevic qualified for main draw mens singles.

Neimeyer lost last round of doubles qualifying.

Marius_Hancu
06-22-2006, 10:49 AM
Dancevic qualified for main draw mens singles.

And that was quite a fight. Good for Frank!

2 Gentlemen's Qual. Singles - 3rd Rnd.

Frank Dancevic (CAN)[6]
def Noam Okun (ISR)
7-5 7-6(2) 6-4

Great to see he was able to uphold his seeding.

Guess Q's don't bring in any ATP points?

Richie Rich
06-22-2006, 02:51 PM
Guess Q's don't bring in any ATP points?
not sure on that one. you would think they would. at least he get's first round prize money which isn't too bad these days.

he's a good fast court player so hopefully he might get to 2nd round?

8PAQ
06-22-2006, 02:57 PM
not sure on that one. you would think they would. at least he get's first round prize money which isn't too bad these days.

he's a good fast court player so hopefully he might get to 2nd round?

Of course he might, esp if he plays Nadal in the 1st :D

stoffer
06-22-2006, 03:44 PM
Good job by Dancevic. I hope I can see him play next week.

I actually met him a few years ago. He was in my grade 10 science class on the first day of the school year. But apparently he had his tennis commitments to attend to, so he was never seen or heard from again at school. Why he decided to come for that first day only I will never know.

Richie Rich
06-22-2006, 04:54 PM
Good job by Dancevic. I hope I can see him play next week.

unless you are going to Wimby or he plays Fed first round and you see him on tv I doubt you'll get to see him play.

Richie Rich
06-23-2006, 06:17 AM
Dancevic has toplayStepanek first round. not a good draw but you never know. Maybe Martina will keep Radek "busy" the night before his match.

Marius_Hancu
07-11-2006, 07:10 PM
He's 114 now on the computer, his highest.
Just won a round here, more points:-)

Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Newport, USA
Grass

F Dancevic (CAN) d K Kim (USA) 64 63

Next Melzer. Feasible.

helloworld
07-11-2006, 09:27 PM
So... if the men's tournament will now be called 'Roger's Cup', doesn't that sort of give away the ending?

I wonder if they'll still go through the motions of playing out the draw, or if they'll just give him the trophy right at the outset. I guess they'll play out the draw - what with money to be made, and all.

Is he really that good that the tournament organizers feel that people will still come out and watch him even if they know he's going to win?

By the way, Marius - where did you hear that the Repentigny Junior tournament was cancelled?
Rogers is the name of the company. It's not Roger Federer you idiot.

Marius_Hancu
07-18-2006, 03:27 AM
http://www.fedcup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100007810

great performance, beating higher ranked players

hyperwarrior
07-19-2006, 10:15 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story/?ID=171730&hubname=

Bester will have the dream of his lifetime...facing Sampras...

Marius_Hancu
08-01-2006, 04:54 PM
Won the Granby Challenger last weekend.

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/?playersearch=Dancevic%2C+Frank

Now he's got straight into the main draw at Washington, playing Lee, tough, but ...