Stratford Tennis Club held the second leg of the Royal LePage Hiller Realty Junior Grand Slam this past weekend.
The ‘French Open’ had competitors in two age categories for the boys and one category for the girls. The boys Under-18 category saw many of the younger players move up an age group and take on the older boys.
Grant McPherson, who won the Australian Open in the Under-14 category, showed he belonged in the older age group. McPherson advanced to the final where he took on boys Under-18 Australian Open champion John Fischer. In the final, McPherson scored an 8-5 victory to take the U-18 French Open championship.
The consolation title went to Ben Nelson. Nelson lost a heart-breaking first round match 8-7 to finalist John Fischer, but won three rounds in the consolation division, taking the final 8-3 over Lukas Kaufman.
The boys Under-14 category saw the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds upset in the semi-finals. Joe Yundt took out No. 1 seed Stefan Andrekovic in one semi-final, advancing to his first Grand Slam final. In the other semi-final, No. 2 seed Luke McCarroll fell to Ryan Lay--sending Lay into the final. Lay continued his stellar play by downing Yundt 8-2 in the championship match to claim the U-14 crown.
The consolation final saw Michael Vandeweil claim the title with an 8-0 drubbing of Dorian Redfern.
Sonja wins again
The girls' final once again saw a battle between sisters Sonja and Alexandra Andrekovic. Sonja continued her domination of Grand Slam events, winning the French Open final 8-5, adding to the Australian Open championship she won last month.
Australian Open finalist Nicolle Crowley dropped to the consolation round this tournament, where she defeated Jenna Lobsinger 8-3 to take the French Open consolation title.
Next up for the Juniors at Stratford Tennis Club is the Optimist Junior Tennis Day this Saturday, June 23. Open to members and non-members the Optimist Day should see many young tennis enthusiasts having a great morning of tennis fun. The Royal LePage Hiller Realty Junior Grand Slam continues with the ‘Wimbledon’ event on Saturday, July 7.