OTA Competition Returns to CTC

On Friday and Saturday, August 16 & 17, Ontario Tennis Association tournament tennis returned to the Chatham Tennis Club, bringing with it high-quality players from across southwestern Ontario and incredibly exciting tennis. The tournament included three draws, Men’s and Ladies Singles at the 3.0 level, and Men’s 5.0 Singles.  There was also time for a Men’s Doubles 5.0 exhibition match.


The Ladies’ 3.0 Singles final was a battle between CTC members Mary Ellen Herder and Stephanie Evans.  The two faced off in a rematch of their final earlier this summer, which had been won by Mary Ellen.  In the time since that duel, Stephanie has been training hard, and her efforts have clearly paid off.  While game after a game required multiple deuces, Stephanie prevailed on more big points and walked away with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph.

Mary Ellen Herder (left) and Stephanie Evans


Men’s Singles 3.0 was played in a round-robin format. In the first two matches, both Tuomas Makinen (CTC) and Al Folliett of Waterloo, ON, faced  David McKeon (CTC) and came away with straight-set victories. The final was contested in blistering heat.  Al took the first set and seemed poised for victory at 5-2 in the second when Tuomas dug deep and turned it around to take the second, 7-5.  Superior conditioning proved to be the deciding factor as Tuomas was up early in the third set when Al could no longer fight through cramps and had to withdraw.

Tuomas Makinen (left) and Al Folliett


Between rounds of the singles, Dele Kilanko (CTC) and Diego Angel (Windsor, ON) teamed up for an exhibition Men’s 5.0 doubles against Mark Chapados and Tim Baker of CTC.  The highly entertaining match featured quick net exchanges amidst friendly but intense competition.  Chapados and Baker eked out a victory by the slimmest of margins, 6-5.
The Men’s Singles 5.0 showcased some outstanding tennis. Special mention must be made of the tournament’s youngest competitor, Jun (John) Yi Fan of Windsor, a 12-year-old phenom.  John’s steadiness carried him through the first-round win over Tim Baker (CTC), 6-2, 6-1. In the semifinals, he battled hard against Mark Chapados before bowing out, 2-6, 1-6.  The final was a battle of two hard hitters, Diego Angel and Mark Chapados.  Chapados proved the steadier in the first set, but Angel’s bullet serves and powerful forehands eventually started finding their range. In the end, Angel took the championship, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. 

Mark Chapados (left), Tim Baker & Diego Angel


Between rounds of the singles, Dele Kilanko (CTC) and Diego Angel (Windsor, ON) teamed up for an exhibition Men’s 5.0 doubles against Mark Chapados and Tim Baker of CTC.  The highly entertaining match featured quick net exchanges amidst friendly but intense competition.  Chapados and Baker eked out a victory by the slimmest of margins, 6-5.


The Men’s Singles 5.0 showcased some outstanding tennis. Special mention must be made of the tournament’s youngest competitor, Jun (John) Yi Fan of Windsor, a 12-year-old phenom.  John’s steadiness carried him through the first-round win over Tim Baker (CTC), 6-2, 6-1. In the semifinals, he battled hard against Mark Chapados before bowing out, 2-6, 1-6.  The final was a battle of two hard hitters, Diego Angel and Mark Chapados.  Chapados proved the steadier in the first set, but Angel’s bullet serves and powerful forehands eventually started finding their range. In the end, Angel took the championship, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.