Niagara Falls tennis player king of Under 9s

tennis-net-closeup-f4Stefan Simeunovic of Niagara Falls is the first boys Champions Under 9 Tennis winner.

Simeunovic defeated Kirill Chepushtanov of Burlington 1-4, 4-2, 4-0, on Sunday (Nov. 10) in the final of the inaugural tournament which began on Friday at Toronto’s Rexall Centre.

The girls division of the Ontario Tennis Association event was won by Ana Grubor of Thornhill. She defeated Dasha Plekhanova of Toronto 2-4, 4-1, 4-3.

The final weekend began with 72 of the top Under 9 competitors in the province, 40 boys and 32 girls, competing for $20,000 worth of private coaching from their pro. The two winners will each receive $6,000 worth of private coaching over a two year period, with the two finalists receiving $4,000 worth of private coaching each. The event was played on a full size court with modified “Green Dot” tennis balls and a modified scoring system.

“The Champions” is the idea Murray Rubin, a life-long tennis enthusiast and member of the York Racquets Club in Toronto. He has donated over $40,000 to the tournament. The money is to be used to pay for the one-on-one coaching of the young winners and

finalists – $20,000 per year, over a two year period, with an option to continue it for three more years if the project is successful.

Rubin believes that, although some parents might not have the resources to afford all the coaching their child needs, “these kids will come to this tournament with dreams”. Rubin hopes his contribution will help to develop the next Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard.

Click here to see a promotional video about the event.

For tournament results – click here for boys, click here. For girls, click here. For more information on the tournament as well as a complete list of competitors and their home

towns, click here. Any further questions, contact Peter Malcomson, OTA Marketing Manager, (416) 358 – 9580 c, (416) 514 – 1102 w