Former Champions Come Out on Top at Senior Nationals


Former Champions Come Out on Top at Senior Nationals

The Steve Stevens Senior Nationals wrapped up on Sunday with the crowning of some new and mostly former national champions after a week of play in six clubs across Montreal featuring more than 500 players in 40 different categories.

In fact, 12 of the 20 top seeds in the different draws successfully defended their titles.

In the men’s 80 and over draw, the much-anticipated final between Gaston Blais and Robert Bédard did in fact happen much to the delight of Blais who had hoped he could play Bédard, a man he greatly respects and admires. In the end, Bédard, who was playing in the 80+ category at the age of 86, was impressive en route to a 6-1, 6-1 victory. He also took home the doubles titles alongside François Godbout after the pair defeated Blais and Rene Roptin in the championship match.

On the women’s side, there were a few surprises. Unseeded Andrée Martin won the 65 and over singles crown, defeating four seeded players en route to lifting the trophy including third-seeded Michelle Hart in the final. Meanwhile, Inge Weber captured another national title in the 75 and over category. She promised she was playing for fun, but still managed to remain a national champion.

Seven players were able to complete the singles and doubles title sweep in their respective age categories: Olivier Borlée, Kenneth William Dahl, Shaheer Mikhail, Robert Bédard, Cristina Popescu, Jennifer Bishop, and Erin Boynton.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s winners:



O35              Henri Choi                         Fiachra Michael Lennon / Jeremy Salvo

O40              Philippe Pourreaux            Mathieu Giguère / Julien Payment

O45              Olivier Borlée                    Olivier Borlée / Joachim Nierfeld

O50              Lorne Goldberg                 Hannes Blum / Max A Brown

O55              Gary Meanchos                 Stephen Kimoff / Tim Shoveller

O60              Patrice Rousso                  Richard Viau / Cary Wilson

O65              Tim Griffin                          Dennis Ing / Keith Porter

O70              Kenneth William Dahl        Hani Ayoub / Kenneth William Dahl

O75              Shaheer Mikhail                Shaheer Mikhail / Guido Weber

O80              Robert Bédard                   Robert Bédard / François Godbout

O85              Brahm Robert Faber                    -------------



AGE             SINGLES CHAMPION       DOUBLES CHAMPIONS             

O35              Cristina Popescu               Leigh Bradwell / Cristina Popescu

O40              Kanta Murali                      Patti Henderson / Sophie Ronan

O45              Jennifer Bishop                 Jennifer Bishop / Andréanne Martin

O50              Caroline Frenette              Erin Boynton / Adrienne Simmons

O55              Erin Boynton                      Karen Clarke / Mary Manley

O60              Michelle Karis                   Patricia Babcock / Brenda Cameron

O65              Andrée Martin                   Christa Cameron / Michelle Hall

O70              Patricia Mclachlan             Jeannette Mcglone / Janet Turner

O75              Inge Weber                       Claude Cherniak / Gisela Heidemarie Nouisser]


Pictured above, O40 Women’s Singles Champion Kanta Murali and Finalist Sophie Ronan. For complete Steve Stevens Senior Nationals results, click here. Photo and story courtesy of Tennis Canada.



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