Junior ITF wrap-up

The Junior ITF event in Manotick has recently concluded. Below are photos from the event and a message from the tournament director, Michael Paduch:

It has been a real privilege and pleasure helping for the second year in a row lead the organization of the J30 Manotick junior International Tennis Federation tournament.

As the Tournament Director of this event, I had the opportunity to see first hand some really solid level of junior tennis played in our region, probably the highest level in Canada at this time.

We had distinguished Canadian tennis personalities visit our event (Andre Labelle, Frank Dancevic), which provided for some interesting, insightful conversations about the state of the game and the way forward for our sport.

At this point we concluded all the finals and I wanted to thank all participants and their supported who visited our city, and congratulate the finalists and the winners for achieving their goals, accumulating valuable ranking points and getting the trophies packed into their cargo.

The level of sportsmanship at the event was very high overall. Players fought hard but also had a good time during and around the competition field.

I want to congratulate a young, tall American Connor Plunkett for taking the winner’s trophy in the boys singles event. Connor is a great guy and and his coach with whom I had a chance to have a friendly hitting session in the morning raises a nice team of players.

It is unfortunate that the final ended with an injury for Arjun Prabhakar, another American with great movement and skills. We wish Arjun speedy recovery and return to competition very soon. Unfortunately we have no picture of Arjun since he had to seek treatment as the ceremonies took place.

In the girls’ singles, a fine young American lady Sobee Oak took a closely contested three setter from her American good friend Kaya Moe. This was a great fight, amazing match to watch. Sobee is coached by her Mom, former Division 1 competitor, who was very happy to see her daughter drive on a highway for a portion of their trip from the US. Another great tennis family to meet.

In the boys’ doubles, a mixed Canadian – American team of Victor Mayer and Connor Plunkett took a win in another closely contested three setter from the Canadian team Caden Colburne and Andy Tchinda Kepche, members of Tennis Canada high performance team in Montreal. Amazing net play with emotions flying high at some key points. Really good final to watch.

Girls doubles was also a real treat to watch. The American team Olivia Cutone and Kaya Moe took a win from a slightly higher seeded mixed Canadian – American team of Sobee Oak and Neda Rahimkhani. We are happy to see at least one player from the National Capital Region, born and raised here, reach a final of this event. Great job, Neda!

Before I adjourn, I wanted thank all our sponsors who contributed and made this event possible: Welch LLP, the lead event sponsor, the CIBC, the Wood Source, Performance Tennis, the Manotick Home Hardware, Manotick Windows and Doors, TopDog, the Independent, Pro Physio Sports Medicine, the Challengers Tennis Academy, Manotick Tennis Club, the NCTA, Tennis Canada and the International Tennis Federation.

Thank you for your support of junior competitive tennis in our region!

Coach Michael Paduch