September 20, 2023

Open Court


Granby: Tough loss for Chvojka (video)

It’s 5-6, 30-all in the third set – and you’re rained out. You have all night to think about it.

Kirkland, Que.’s Erik Chvojka was in that situation in Granby a few weeks ago, playing against doubles partner Lukas Lacko. He came back the next day – after waiting most of the day – to try to take it to a third-set tiebreak.

As you can see by the video below, he had a couple of game points. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get it done.

Tough one.

Lacko is a regular player on the ATP Tour – currently ranked No. 91, he got as high as No. 44 a year ago.

Chvojka is at the opposite end of that spectrum.

He almost broke into the top 200 two years ago, topping out at No. 204. But he’s currently at No. 774; he played a couple of Futures in Ukraine in March, a couple of matches in Sweden in April, and that’s it. He has earned $1,418 so far this season.

So close, but yet so far.


After that, the scene was one that you won’t find too often on the WTA Tour, although you’ll see it more at this level with the women.

The two had to play doubles together later in the day. As they waited, they sat in the players’ lounge, watching TV, chatting amiably. No big deal.

They ended up losing 13-11 in the match tiebreak to fellow Canadians Brayden Schnur and Philip Bester.

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