The 2019 Steve Stevens Senior National Tennis Championships came to a close on Saturday. Taking place at numerous clubs across the Greater Toronto Area from August 18-24, this year’s event was a roaring success with hundreds taking part as favourable weather ensured a staggering 1008 matches were completed in total.
Whilst there were riveting matches throughout the tournament, the Men’s Over 50s final was a particularly enthralling encounter. It featured recently-crowned Over 50s world champion Taras Beyko, from Quebec, and Matthew Akman, from Alberta. Beyko did not drop a single set at the World Championships last week so the task facing Akman was a difficult one to say the least.
Despite that, though, Akman played admirably, winning the first set to ensure the match would, at the very least, go the distance. His penetrating forehands and cross court backhands were proving particularly tough for his opponent to return. However, Beyko soon found some form and, in the second set, started to get the better of Akman. In the end, Beyko earned a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Other Quebecers emerge
Gaëlle Simian won not one but two titles during the tournament. She first took up the challenge in singles in the Over 40s category, before being victorious in doubles with Ariadna Noriega in the Over 35s.
Talking about Noriega, she was also impressive in what was her first Senior’s National event. In addition to her victory with Simian, she finished second in the Over 35s.
As for André Lambert, he competed at a very high level and was crowned singles champion in the Over 55s. It was an even bigger task for him considering that this category was one of the most popular in terms of number of participants. Christian Laurin, from Trois-Rivières, also did well, with a 3rd place.
Finally, Brahm Robert Faber won the title in singles in the Over 85s. The 87 years old athlete has also did a great job in doubles, finishing second with his partner James Paul Richards, from Ontario.
Results (Top 3) :
|Men||Simon Tremblay-Larouche – 3rd||Simon Tremblay-Larouche et Henry Choi (BC) – 1st|
|Women||Ariadna Noriega – 2nd||Ariadna Noriega et Gaëlle Simian – 1st|
|Men||Philippe Pourreaux – 2nd|
|Women||Gaëlle Simian – 1st|
|Women||Andréanne Martin et Jennifer Bishop (ON) – 2nd|
|Men||Taras Beyko – 1st||Alexandre Blaettler et Martin Lemay – 2nd|
|Women||Caroline Frenette – 3rd|
|Men||André Lambert – 1st /Christian Laurin – 3rd|
|Women||Diane Blondeau – 2nd|
|Men||Robert Foy – 3rd|
|Men||Sydney Azancot – 3rd|
|Men||Allard Côté – 3rd||Allard Côté et Kenneth William Dahl (BC) – 1st|
|Men||Gaston Blais – 3rd||François Godbout et Robert Paul Bedard (ON) – 2nd|
|Men||Brahm Robert Faber – 1st||Brahm Robert Faber et James P. Richards (ON) – 2nd|
Photo credit : Peter Figura
Source : Tennis Canada/Tennis Québec