July 18, 2024

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Canucks This Week – Week ending Dec. 17, 2023 (final results)


Canadian Keira Blackbeard – whom we hope to meet some day – is still at it in the Futures factory that is Antalya.

But this week she got through the qualifying – there was a walkover in there – and is into the main draw of the $15K Futures event in Turkey.

And the immortally-named Love-Star Alexis also got through to a main draw – in her case, a $25,000 ITF in Kenya.

There are bigger events going on for the women, including a WTA 125 in Loire and a good-sized ITF tournament in Brazil.

But no Canadians at those.

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W25 Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya (ITF $25K)

Can-American Carson Branstine was supposed to play this tournament. But as she documented on her social media it was a nightmare of visas not arriving, flights being cancelled and mass uncertainty before she ended up wating out the week in Paris.


[Q] Love-Star Alexis
1st rd: vs. [8] Emma Lene (FRA) 62 60

Singles qualifying

Love-Star Alexis
1st rd: def Cynthia Wanjala (KEN) 63 61
Final rd: def. [4] Amanda Carolina Nava Elkin (MEX) 64 61


Magic Tours by FTT
Monastir, Tunisia (ITF $15K)


[WC] Stefan Frljanic
1st rd: lost to Leonardo Rossi (ITA) 63 61


Antalya Series
Antalya, Turkey (ITF $15K)


Singles qualifying

Keira Blackbeard
1st rd: def [WC] Melis Sakiroglu (TUR) 62 61
Final rd: def. Milana Safiullina (RUS) WALKOVER
Final rd: lost to Antonia Aragosa (ITA) 62 64


World Tennis Tour – Wellington
Wellington, NZ (ITF $15K)


Andre Szilvassy / Oren Vasser (USA)
1st rd: lost to [3] Isaac Becroft/ James Watt (NZL) 60 60

Singles qualifying

[8] Andre Szilvassy
1st rd: lost to [WC] Kai Mulburn (NZL) 64 36 [10-8]


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