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88th Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open Recap

Aug 02, 2019
written by: Tennis BC

Vancouver, BC – This year marked the 88th edition of the Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open. From July 5-21, the LWSPO welcomed players from three provinces, BC, Alberta and Manitoba and 8 countries to compete in 68 events of all ages categories and levels. Check out “2019 LWSPO By the Numbers” below to get an idea of just how big this year’s tournament was.

Leading up to this year’s event, the Park hosted its first-ever U10 Alberta-BC Interprovincial Camp. The intention of this was camp to re-group the top U10 girls and boys on the West Coast and to create a diverse training opportunity. Following three days of multi-sport and tennis training, the camp ended with a U10 BC-Alberta Interprovincial Invitational Tournament. his marked the first-ever event that U10 girls and boys competed against other U10 players in singles and doubles using a regular yellow ball on a full-sized tennis court. Read more about the U10 regrouping

Another first at the LWSPO this year was the wildly successfully Adult Mixed Doubles Team Event held on Sunday, July 21st. Fourteen gender neutral teams competed in a full day of tennis. Ties took place on two courts and consisted of one Men’s doubles match, one Women’s doubles match and two Mixed doubles matches. History was made as Team Kiss my Asska won the LWSPO’s first ever Adult Mixed Doubles Team Event. Congratulations! We would like to recognize Anissa Chung for organizing this fantastic event, the volunteers who assisted with the event and Tennis Troupe for their help in making this event happen. We look forward to hosting more Adult Mixed Doubles Team Events in the future!

NTRP Group 1 play

The first week of play saw the NTRP Group 1, Davis Trading Junior ITF Vancouver Championships, Selection Series #6, U16 3.5 Star, Rogers Rookie Tour and Future Stars events take place. NTRP Group 1 consisted of the Men’s and Women’s 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 singles, and 3.0 and 4.0 Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles events. The weather proved to be an additional scheduling challenge, however, tournament organizers, referees and players were able to work around the weather and get the matches played. Thank you to all the players, volunteers and referees for their hard work, patience and flexibility during Week 1 of LWSPO. Congratulations to the NTRP Week 1 Finalists and Champions. View NTRP Group 1 results here

In the Davis Trading Junior ITF Vancouver Championships, we had the opportunity to see players from 8 different countries compete in the J3 level event. In Girls singles, No. 3 seed and top seeded Canadian played (from BC), Alexandra Vagramov brought home the title 6-4, 6-3. She faced fellow Canadian wildcard Mia Kupres in the final. In the boys singles final, American Micah Braswell captured the title over Canada’s Joshua Lapadat 6-0, 7-5. Continue reading about the Davis Trading ITF

For the complete Selection Series, U16 3.5 Star, Rogers Rookie Tour and Future Stars results, please select one of the categories below:

Selection Series  |   U16 3.5 Star  |  Rogers Rookie Tour  |  Future Stars

On Saturday, July 13th, the 3rd annual Celebrity-Pro Challenge took place.  Pros included Rik de Voest, Henry Choi, Katarina Boiko, Renata Shiratti, Philip Bester and more. Celebrity personalities included Ben Kuzma, Dave Tomlinson, Krissy Van and James Tupper. Each doubles team consisted of one pro and one celebrity. Spectators enjoyed watching the competitive round robin matches between the interesting match-ups. Congratulations to the Champions, (pro) and Dave Tomlinson (amateur/celebrity). Thank you Romer’s Burger Bar for joining us on site and serving delicious burgers by donation, with proceeds going towards the Tennis BC Community Youth Fund. Read more

The second week of the LWSPO saw better weather than the first week. NTRP Group 2 play began, along with the signature Open events and National Junior Open. NTRP Group 2 play consisted of Men’s and Women’s 3.0 and 4.0 singles, and Men’s, Women’s and Mixed 3.5 and 4.5 Doubles. View the NTRP Group 2 results

The National Junior Open at the LWSPO is part of a national series of meaningful U12, U14, U16 competitive opportunities in ON, QC and BC leading to the Junior Nationals, and an additional opportunity to gain entry into the Junior Nationals main draw. The neat thing about the NJOs is that the champion of each National Junior Open Series event automatically receives a spot in that age division for the Rogers Outdoor Junior Canadian Nationals (for full details on the NJO series, please read the 2019 NJO fact sheet). Congratulations to all the participants! View the LWSPO NJO results

On Saturday, July 20th, the third consecutive Parent/Child event took place. The event featured a category for Parent / Child U12 and for Parent / Child 13+. This is a great event to see parents and children of all ages and levels come together on the court. Congratulations to Tommy and Tyren Tran on winning the Parent/Child U12 event, and to Aman and Sartaj Gill for winning the Parent/Child 13+event! View full results

The Open Mixed Doubles finals also took place on Saturday. Stacey Fung and Kawika Lam captured the title over Sasha Vagramov and Max Korkh 6-4, 6-1.

2019 Men’s Open Singles Champion, Kyryll Kryvchun

On the final day of the LWSPO, we saw the Adult Mixed Doubles Team event, the NTRP Group 2 Finals and the Open Finals. The Women’s singles final started off the day. We saw recent University of Washington graduate Stacey Fung take on UCLA-bound Sasha Vagramov. The 2015 Champion, Fung, captured the LWSPO title for a second time with a 6-3 6-2 win over Vagramov. Following the Women’s final, Kyryll Kryvchun and Luka Vukovic went head to head for the Men’s Open singles title. Kryvchun took home the title 6-2, 6-3 to win his first LWSPO singles title. Kyryll is only 21 years old and Luka is 17 years old. We would like to thank Cindy Huang and Andrew Hoffman of Leith Wheeler, and Dave Demers from the Vancouver Park Board Commission for attending the singles finals and presenting the trophies.

Women’s Open Singles Trophy Presentation (left to right): Alexandra Vagramov (Finalist), Stacey Fung (Champion), Cindy Huang (Leith Wheeler), Dave Demers (Vancouver Park Board).

Taking place off-court during the morning finals was the second annual Canucks Autism Network Tennis “Try-It” Day. Thank you to the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and to all the families for joining us for a fun day in the sun while learning to play tennis! A special thank youto  Jeannie Rohr and CAN for their work in organizing this fantastic event!

The 2019 LWSPO wrapped up with the Men’s and Women’s Doubles Finals. On the Women’s side, sister-duo Daniella Silva and Stefanie Da Silva won the title a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sophia Ho and Alexandra Nielsen. In the Men’s Open doubles final Philip Bester and Noah Gampel took home the title 6-2, 6-4 over No. 1 seeds Luigi Albarracin and Carl Ho.

A huge thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open a huge success! We would like to thank the players and participants for joining us every single day over the the course of the 17-day event. Thank you to our incredible volunteer team, for showing up hours before the matches started every day to set up, and for staying until well after the last match was played. We would like to especially recognize:

  • Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel for their ongoing support of the LWSPO as title sponsor
  • Davis Trading & Supply Ltd., for their support of high performance junior tennis in BC as title sponsor of the Junior ITF at Stanley Park
  • Stanley Park Brewing, Romer’s Burger Bar, Kerr’s Recognition Services, Tennis Canada, Vancouver Parks Board, City of Vancouver, ITF Juniors, viaSport, TSN 1040 and Penn
  • Page Mackay, NTRP and Open Tournament referee, for her hard work over the 17 days, and thank you to her team of roving umpires, referees and linesmen
  • Ute Buffotot, Anne Bees, Daniella Silva and Sarah Kadi for organizing the various junior events throughout the 17 days, including the Davis Trading ITF, Selection Series, U10 event, National Junior Open and Rookie Tours
  • Anissa Chung for organizing the first ever Adult Mixed Doubles Team Event, Parent/Child event and Future Stars event
  • The pros and celebrities, Jason Hilliard, Anissa Chung and Mark Roberts for their hard work in putting together the Celebrity Pro Challenge
  • Jeannie Rohr and the Canucks Autism Network for organizing the 2nd Annual Canucks Autism Network Tennis “Try-It” Day at the Park.

Page Mackay, NTRP and Open Tournament Referee (centre) with the LWSPO 2019 Roving Umpire, Referee and Linesmen Team

Thank you for making the 88th Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open so memorable. See you in July 2020!

LWSPO 2019 Photos   |   Davis Trading ITF Photos

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