Brayden Schnur (Pickering, ON) was beaten by Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos in the final of the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger as the event came to a close on Sunday. The tournament, which offers $54,160 in total prize money was played on the courts of the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club.
Third-seeded Schnur was denied a first ATP Challenger title as he lost 7-6(3), 6-3 to Gombos (No. 6). Schnur was the second Canadian to suffer defeat to Gombos in singles action following the Slovak’s 7-6(3) victory over Benjamin Sigouin in the first round.
Gombos lost just one set throughout the entire tournament, that coming against Australian Andrew Harris (No. 12) in the second round. The 28-year-old soundly beat China’s Zhe Li (No. 13) 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finals before seeing off the challenge of Hiroki Moriya (No. 15) of Japan 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals.
Gombos’ singles title victory comes a day after the doubles main draw came to an end. Peter Polansky (Toronto, ON) and Darian King of Barbados (No. 4) defeated fellow Canadian Adil Shamasdin (Toronto, ON) and Hunter Reese (No. 1) 7-6(8), 6-3 in the final.
(Feature photo: David Mahussier)