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Sue Lyon
Jan 20th, 2006, 05:42 PM
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2006 Looks Promising for Canadians

The 2006 tennis season has begun and it brings with it a sense of optimism and hope for Canadian tennis fans.

After a year in which many young Canadians, including Thornhill, Ontario's Peter Polansky and Blainville, Quebec's Alexandra Wozniak reached career-high rankings and the Davis Cup team fell one match short of a spot in the World Group, there is reason to believe that Canadian tennis will continue its ascent towards the upper echelon of tennis powerhouses.

Toronto's Daniel Nestor is back and looking to regain his #1 doubles ranking after a year marred by injury. He and partner Mark Knowles of the Bahamas will be competing Down Under in preparation for the upcoming Australian Open.

Also in action in Australia will be Canada's top-ranked singles players, including Niagara Falls, Ontario's Frank Dancevic, Deauville, Quebec's Frederic Niemeyer, and Laval, Quebec's Stephanie Dubois. Dancevic and Niemeyer both enjoyed strong results in 2005 and hope to catapult themselves into the top 150 and 200, respectively.


Meanwhile, Dubois had a tremendous year that saw her leap ahead of Repentigny, Quebec's Marie-Eve Pelletier and become Canada's top-ranked women's player at a career-high 121 in the world. There is plenty of hope that the best is yet to come from Dubois.

Canada's up-and-coming group of promising youngsters, including Wozniak, Polansky, and Vancouver's Philip Bester, made strides in 2005 will all be aiming to further boost their ranking with strong results on the pro circuit.

Bester Climbs into Top 10 World Junior Rankings

While 2005 was quite a year for Vancouver's Philip Bester, it wasn't until 2006 that he fully reaped the benefits. Bester reached a career-high #8 in the world junior boys' rankings on January 2, 2006.

The ranking represents a remarkable jump of 93 spots in the past year. For Bester, 2006 marks the end of his junior career and the beginning of what has the makings of a very promising career on the pro circuit.

Among Bester's impressive accomplishments during a banner 2005 campaign was a singles title at the Kentucky International Junior Tennis Derby and finals appearances at the Canadian Open in Repentigny, Quebec and the Luxilon Cup. He also earned a spot on the Canadian Davis Cup squad.

Canadians in Action at the Aussie Open

There's no better way to kick off the year than a Grand Slam, as some of Canada's top men, women, and a certain top-ranked doubles competitor are all vying to start 2006 on a positive note at the Australian Open.

Toronto's Daniel Nestor is healthy and hoping that he and his doubles partner, Mark Knowles of the Bahamas, can put together a strong run in the Aussie Open doubles draw. The third-seeded duo will face American Vince Spadea and Dick Norman of Belgium in the first round.

Also at the Slam, Niagara Falls, Ontario's Frank Dancevic and Deauville, Quebec's Frederic Niemeyer put together a solid showing in the men's qualifying draw, but ultimately could not break through to the main draw.

Dancevic defeated Slovakia's Victor Bruthans 6-2, 6-4 and earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Jeff Salzenstein, but fell one match short of the main draw when he dropped a 4-6, 3-6 match to 12th seeded Julien Benneteau of France.

Meanwhile, the 28th seeded Niemeyer overcame a partisan crowd and a one-set deficit to win his first qualifying match over home crowd favorite Nick Lindahl of Australia 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2. However, Niemeyer was unable to continue his winning ways, suffering a heartbreaking 7-6(9), 2-6, 10-12 loss to American Alex Bogomolov in the second round.

The two Canadian female qualifying hopefuls were also in action, vying for a spot in the main draw.

Blainville, Quebec's Aleksandra Wozniak kicked things off with a bang, upending 24th seed Sabine Klaschka of Germany 6-3, 7-5 in the first round. She rode her momentum to a 7-5, 7-5 second round victory over Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic. However, she was unable to clinch a spot in the main draw, falling 6-7(5), 1-6 in the qualifying round to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

Repentigny, Quebec's Marie-Eve Pelletier, the 19th seed, was also unable to advance to the main draw. She came up on the losing end of a 2-6, 6-7(5) first round match against Japan's Miho Saeki.

All-Canadian's 30th Anniversary Reunion / Fund Raiser

On Saturday evening, February 4, 2006, All-Canadian tennis, now operating under the name of ace [All-Canadian Experience] tennis will be hosting “All-Canadian's 30th anniversary, Reunion-Fundraiser”. We would like to make this special evening with friends one which will bring back many happy memories as well as one which will help some of the promising players of Canadian tennis.

The evening will be a celebration of the friendships that were developed over those 30 years through one of Canada's leading tennis academies. Olympic Gold Medal Champion and previous #1 doubles player in the world, Daniel Nestor will lead a series of fun exhibitions between the stars of yesteryears and Canada's emerging new stars.

This event, which is being supported by Tennis Canada and the Ontario Tennis Association, will serve as a Fund Raiser to provide financial assistance for top Canadian players requiring support with training, traveling and coaching costs.

This fun evening will take place at Cedar Springs Health, Racquet & Sports Club in Burlington, Ontario beginning at 6:00 pm on Saturday, February 4th, 2006. The cost of each ticket is $150 and includes a tax receipt for $100. In addition to the exhibition matches, there will be refreshments, finger food, a silent auction and a “Texas Hold'em Poker” tournament.

In the thirty years of existence, All-Canadian has been home to over 2,000 youngsters. Getting in touch with these former All-Canadian players and their friends from the tennis world is challenging. It would be greatly appreciated if you would forward this invitation to anyone that you have kept in contact with over the years.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you. It should be a great night! If you would like further information, wish to purchase tickets, or make a donation please contact me at 905 467 6970 or by e-mail at plamarche@cogeco.net.

Drake1980
Jan 21st, 2006, 06:15 AM
Thanks for the article!

¤CharlDa¤
Jan 21st, 2006, 06:27 PM
Great article thanks. Typical of Tennis Canada though!