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For more than a decade, Fort Frances has been without a tennis tournament.

That all changed Saturday when 16 players met at the courts to square off.

Taking first place in doubles action were John Libler and his partner, Craig Mahoney, of Sioux Lookout, who beat out runners-up Anthony Andrusco of Fort Frances and Humberto Pachekoi of Dryden.

The third-place winners were tourney organizer Al Christiansen of Fort Frances and his teammate, Al Cesuinas of Dryden, who beat out Bob Tkachuk and Jason Kabel of Fort Frances.

Unfortunately, the singles tournament slated to run on Sunday was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

Christiansen was hopeful it would be rescheduled for Sept. 15 or 16.

Despite the weather woes, he was enthusiastic about the turnout for the tournament and eager to plan more down the road.

Christiansen noted those who came out said they would attend more tourneys in the future.

“All the feedback was good," he remarked. ”Everyone was happy to see it [the tournament] happen and they want more.

“So we'll try to accommodate once we get the club going, and we'll start having ladder matches and more tournaments,” Christiansen added.

“We could have as many as three or four next year,” he enthused.

Christiansen is happy to see how much the local tennis club has grown since the start of the season but is adamant on levelling out the club's numbers.

He would like to see more newcomers, specifically women, due to the club mostly being made up of males.

As well, he would like to see more younger people coming out for the club's sessions each Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“We need some more newer people," Christiansen stressed. ”All the people that are playing right now are guys that have been playing for quite a few years.

“Most the players at the tournament were in their 40s or up,” he noted.

Christiansen reminds people that the tennis club isn't competitive and anyone is always welcome to come out.

He likens it to a social gathering, adding it's a great opportunity to get some exercise and have some fun.

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