Mission’s Brandon Wood earns sixth straight singles title at MTC tournament. / Bob Friesen Photo

King of the court: Brandon Wood wins again

Mission tennis star earns sixth straight singles title at MTC tournament

Brandon Wood is tops again in local tennis.

The Mission resident won his sixth straight men’s singles title at the Mission Tennis Club’s annual year-end tournament, which wrapped up on Monday.

Players battled intense heat with temperatures reaching as high as 35 C at the Centennial Park courts, with Wood reaching the final by beating Jeff Waite 8-2 in the semis.

The other semi-final saw Trevor Maris edge 16-year-old Eric Rex 8-6. Wood, who is currently ranked number one in Canada in the 4.5 division of tennis, used his tournament experience to advantage and defeated Maris 6-3/6-3.

In the women’s doubles, perennial champs Val Gervais and Jane Thorup defended their title by defeating Anne Marie Halley and Rose Sapizak 6-2/7-6.

The men’s doubles had a very competitive field with many close matches throughout the round robin format. Eric Rex and Ted Bryde advanced to the final narrowly beating out last years champs, Brandon Wood and Len Crockett. While the team of Pierre Robertson and Mark Gervais advanced to the final without losing a set. In the final, Robinson and Gervais defeated Rex and Bryde 6-1/6-2 to win the title.

The mixed doubles had an exciting final that featured repeat champions Mark and Val Gervais against Eric Rex and Rose Sapizak. The Gervais team won the first set 7-5 only to have Rex and Sapizak storm back winning the next two 6-4/6-2 to win the title.

Tournament organizer Mark Gervais praised all the participants for their great sportsmanship throughout the tournament, and added a huge thank you to the businesses that generously contributed to help make the tournament possible.

It’s been a big year for the MTC, as they were officially recognized by Tennis BC as a member club back in June.

The MTC will continue to play throughout the fall, weather permitting.