To the delight of spectators present in Repentigny on Tuesday, Canadian Duncan Chan caused quite an upset in his second round duel at the National Bank Open Junior Tennis Championships, beating the fourth seed, the French Arthur Gea, in two sets of 6-3 and 6-4.
“I realized that I can face the best players, I had never had an opponent of “Such a ranking and today [Tuesday] I know that I can play against them”, launched the winner in a post-match interview, his remarks were taken up in a press release issued by the tournament organizers.
For his next match, he will face the American Adhithya Ganesan, who overthrew the 13th seed, the Cypriot Constantinos Koshis.
Chan will thus be the only representative of the maple leaf in action in the third round for the boys, as the only other candidate still in contention at the start of the day, Sasha Rozin, was unable to to imitate his compatriot by showing the way out to a top seed.
He instead lost the flag in two sets of 6-1 and 7-6 (7) in front of the Belgian Alexander Blokk, sixth favorite of the competition.
On the girls' side, the Canadian Scarlett Nicholson will continue her journey, she who defeated the Italian – and 13th seed of the tournament – Georgia Pedone, in two identical sets of 6-3 . She will face the fourth seed in the next round, Slovakian Nina Vargova.
The only other member of the Maple Leaf still in contention, Mia Kupres, seeded seventh, was unable to to board the field due to rain. She could play two games on Wednesday if she beats American Erin Ha first.