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  1. raftermania

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    Too bad Dancevic failed to get by Lapentti, he lost 2 sets to 1.
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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  6. Marius_Hancu

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    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 ...
     
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    Erik Chvojka

    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Beat him 64 64.

    Now's Gimelstob in the semis. Go Frederic!
     
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    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
     
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    ohhh no! Niemeyer has such a wicked serve.
     
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    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
     
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    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!!!
     
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  18. Marius_Hancu

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    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
     
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    Wow is that an "all-french" team???
     
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  20. Marius_Hancu

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

    3 are indeed from Quebec, Sharon Fichman is from Ontario, she has 14yrs only.
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    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
     
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  21. Marius_Hancu

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    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!
     
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    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.
     
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  23. Marius_Hancu

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

    Unfortunately, as a result of this, Canada will not have the opportunity of playing for qualification in the World Groups:
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    They televised the boy's 18 indoor nationals on tv yesterday. Peter Polanski has game and a Roger Federer like forehand.
     
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  28. TennisD

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    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...
     
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    which channel?
     
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    Tennis Canada broadcasted it on a local community channel, Rogers Community television - not tsn.
     
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    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.
     
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    Canada defeated Venezuela

    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
     
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  34. Marius_Hancu

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    Do you read it as I do, that the match with Belarus will be played at Canada?
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    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.
     
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  35. Marius_Hancu

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    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.
     
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  36. Richie Rich

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    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!!
     
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  37. Marius_Hancu

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    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.
     
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  38. Max G.

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    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.
     
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    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!!
     
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    Alexandra Wozniak will play the junior Roland Garros. It is expected she will seeded 2nd.
     
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    Already the 16th junior in the world:

    16 FICHMAN, Sharon CAN 03 Dec 1990

    at 14 years old.
     
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    Marius,
    is that the girl who was named to your Fed Cup squad during the recent qualifying rounds?
     
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    yes, it's her.
     
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    Fichman is a prodigy child! I hope she doesn't burn out.
     
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    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
     
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    That is a shame

    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?
     
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    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.
     
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  50. Richie Rich

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    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.
     

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