Mini Rogers Cup champs receive star treatment

Thursday, Jul 28

Any pro athlete will tell you that hard work pays off and the next generation of Canadian top talent got a taste of that pay-off firsthand Wednesday morning at Aviva Centre. The 2016 Mini Rogers Cup presented by National Bank champions were honoured with a series of awesome opportunities.

This summer, clubs across the province hosted Kids Tennis tournaments for their young members. The winners came together at the regional finals, held at Mayfair Clubs earlier this month to compete for the chance to take the main stage at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto for the finals last week.

In the girls division, The Swing School was crowned the winner, represented by Lauren Virapen, Catherine Shevelevich, Niketha Nanthakumaz, and Bahar Esfahani. The finalists were Kate Miles, Sydney McDermott, Alyssa Greenridge, and Jenna McDermott from Glendale Tennis Club.

On the boys’ side, Josh Ossip, Justin Kapinsky, Marko Sreckovic, and Ethan Mendonsa from Mayfair West took home the title. Finishing runner-up was the team from Lawrence Park – Ben Salkowski, Harry Luxton, Jacob Salkowski, and Jack Luxton.

The terrific efforts of these budding young tennis players scored them the ultimate Rogers Cup experience. They kicked off the day by heading down to Centre Court and hitting some balls, before lending a hand in the ceremonial coin toss.

Then it was up to the media room where the Mini Rogers Cup champions gave their media availability. The kids answered questions and posed for pictures, before being whisked off to watch the day’s action from their own suite. ATP star Nick Kyrgios even dropped by to sign autograph and meet the young players.

at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Peter Power for Tennis Canada)