ST. PAUL – Over 20 players gathered for St. Paul Tennis Club’s annual Fall Classic Tournament, which took place Sept. 8 to 10.
The event was open to athletes from across the Lakeland, with some competitors coming from as far as Lloydminster.
Noah Shankowski, instructor at the St. Paul Tennis Club and also the tournament’s organizer, said the tournament went smoothly and stayed on schedule. “The games are a good calibre, and everyone looks like they’re having fun,” he said.
Shankowski thanked all those who came out, including those making the drive to St. Paul to support the event. It is always appreciated when other communities come out, “and hopefully [we] keep reaching further and grow this tournament,” said Shankowski.
Warren Aguinaldo, a coach from the Lloydminster Tennis Association, said the St. Paul Tennis Club often comes out to play in Lloydminster, “So we do like coming out here because of good friends [and] good courts.”
About half of the competing players in the tournament were from Lloydminster. “The intent is just to get more and more people out here because we see the community here growing too. We want to make sure that we’re helping foster that growth,” said Aguinaldo.
The more people playing tennis, “the happier I am,” said the tennis enthusiast.
Following the three-day competition, Aguinaldo won against Shankowski in the 4.5 Men's Singles.
Meanwhile, in the 4.5 Women’s Singles, Blythe Holmstrom beat Lurelyn Carreon in the finals, both from the Lloydminster Tennis Club.
In the 3.5 Singles, Doug Zarowny of St. Paul won the category.
Casey Enriquez and John Salvador, both of St. Paul, won the 4.5 Doubles category.