Tennis Talk – April 2019

Tennis in Canada is on the rise yet again with a new generation of teenagers inspiring athletes across the country, and the world, with recent international success.

Bianca Andreescu (age 18, world No. 23) wowed the tennis community by getting through qualifiers and winning Indian Wells over former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Denis Shapovalov (age 19, world No. 20) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (age 18, world No. 33) both reached the semi finals in Miami and continue their own ascent to the upper echelon of the sport.

That buzz from our country’s top talent was also felt right here at the UBC Tennis Centre this month as we hosted the next group of up-and-comers at the U14 Indoor Junior National Championships.

British Columbia’s own Stewart Aronson was named the Boys U14 Junior National Champion with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ontario’s Aleksander Mitric, while Kayla Cross of Ontario defeated Alberta’s Martyna Ostryzgalo 6-1, 6-2 to capture the Girls title.

Six of our own UBC Tennis Centre players took part in the national event on home court in what was a wonderful display of junior tennis in Canada.

By Aneesa Heatherington