Brayden Schnur (Pickering, ON) is the lone Canadian still in action in the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger, which is taking place at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club and offers $54,160 in total prize money.
On a day which saw several of the event’s top seeds knocked out in Winnipeg, Schnur (no. 3) made it into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-7(0), 6-3 win over fellow Canadian Justin Boulais (Toronto, ON). On Friday, Schnur will face the United States’ Maxime Cressey who advanced thanks to a 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over Darian King (no. 9). Cem Ilkel, Daniel Nguyen, Antonie Hoang (no. 2) and Norbert Gombos (no. 6) also secured their places in the quarter-finals with victories. Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) was unable to replicate his compatriot’s result, though, losing 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to Japan’s Hiroki Moriya (no. 15). The day’s biggest upset came in the form of Australian Bernard Tomic’s (No.1) 1-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 loss to Zhe Li (no. 13) of China.
In doubles, Canada’s Adil Shamasdin (Toronto, ON) and Hunter Reese of the United States (no. 1) reached the semi-finals having ousted Joao Menezes and Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in a pulsating match which finished 4-6, 7-6(7), 10-6. Canadian pair Nicaise Muamba (Gatineau, QC) and Gabriel Diallo (Montreal, QC) lost 6-3, 7-6(6) to Dennis Novikov and Hans Hach Verdugo.
(Feature photo: David Mahussier)