Although dark skies loomed and the air was humid, somehow the rain held off, and by 3:00 p.m. there were blue skies–a tennis miracle! The morning began with the NJO tournament. The draw for this event is huge–over 260 young competitors all vying for a coveted spot at the Fischer Junior Nationals to be held in Ontario in August. This category is open to all participants in the U12, U14 and U16 age divisions.

Intensity on every point!

The young competitors hit the courts at 8:00 a.m. and played on 17 courts for four hours of play and then a further four hours on just 14 courts. Thankfully, this event is back on schedule after the rain of the past few days. Check back later for updates on all the NJO action.

At 1:00 p.m., the Open, presented by Tennis Canada, got under way with the main draws of the Men’s and Women’s Open singles events. It was a big-tournament atmosphere as the stands filled up with spectators. Past champions were on hand to cheer on the players–this is shaping up to be a great showcase event.

Officials are an important part of the well-oiled Tennis BC machine at the LWSPO.

The NTRP picked up the play at 5:00 p.m., with 3.0 and 4.0 Men’s and Women’s Singles, as well as 2.5 3.5 and 4.5 doubles. This event is still slightly behind schedule, but with a few more nice days, fingers crossed, we should be back on time. The day that began with dark-grey skies, ended with a beautiful sunset. Check back tomorrow for more updates, or head down to watch some live action!

Today’s Featured Sponsor: Tennis Canada

Tennis Canada was founded in 1890 and is a non-profit, national sport association responsible for leading the growth, promotion and showcasing of tennis in Canada.  Tennis Canada supports the NJO and qualifying for the Fischer Junior Nations to be held in Ontario in August. Tennis BC acknowledges Tennis Canada’s partnership and support as providers of the prize pool for the Open category at the LWSOP.

Stanley Bark Open

Tournament organizer, Max Korkh and his new friend Mac!

Check out the Flickr link below for more great photos of all the action at the LWSPO!