On 10 May 2017, the Marc Garneau Tennis Team competed in the south region tournament at Riverdale and Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. The games began at 8 am and the six players on the team competed against other schools in the south region. Each school was allowed to have a maximum of two teams in each category.

Four members of the team that competed at the tournament at Riverdale Collegiate Institute. Photo: Eric Shang

From MGCI, two students competed in the boy’s singles event, one pair competed in the boy’s doubles event, and one pair competed in the mixed doubles event. All of the players from MGCI competed in Tier B, which consisted of competitors without an Ontario Tennis Association ranking. The tournament was played in elimination style, meaning the loser of each game was eliminated from the competition while the winner advanced. The matches consisted of eight game pro sets with no advantages,  meaning players must win by two games to win the match. At the end of the day, MGCI achieved solid results. The mixed doubles pair, Zainab Bokhari and Raaba Ahmed, came in second place, and Eric Shang tied for third place for boy’s singles. The other teams were eliminated earlier on after losing their games.

When asked about the team’s performance, Zainab Bokhari who competed in the mixed doubles event said, “The rainy weather before the tournament made it hard to practice and our warmup was rushed, which made it hard for us to play well.”

Tennis has not been a regular team at Garneau over the past few years due to the of lack of interest from the student body and a permanent coach. However, the current coaches are planning to bring it back permanently after renewed interest. Mr. Hillman, an advisor for the team, said, “The team’s performance was awesome considering they had very little time to prepare. Practice is paramount to success and we will work on improving in the fall season next semester.”