April 18, 2013, Ottawa (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport, in cooperation with Tennis Canada, announced Thursday the six student-athletes who will represent Canada in tennis at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17).
Summer Universiade website: http://kazan2013.ru/en
Team Canada website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/universiade/summer/2013
On the women’s side, Kristina Sanjevic from the University of Alberta, Dominique Harmath from Rice and Christina Rustscheff from Queens of Charlotte will wear the Maple Leaf.
Their male teammates are Philip Anderson from New Mexico, Christiaan Lee-Daigle from Queens of Charlotte and Isade Juneau from Indiana – Bloomington.
The group will be coached in Kazan by Scott Hurtubise.
Anderson, a native of Halifax, and Lee-Daigle, who hails from Tecumseh, Ont., both competed at the 2011 FISU Games in Shenzhen, China, where Canada was only represented in men’s competition. The duo reached the quarter-finals of the doubles tournament, defeating the second-seeded team from Thailand along the way.
The only member of the Russia-bound squad to compete on the Canadian university circuit, Sanjevic enjoyed a terrific freshman season at the UofA, racking up a 14-0 record in singles play and a 10-1 mark in doubles. The Edmonton native helped the Pandas capture the Western Canadian championship title and will be a key athlete this summer at the university and college national championships held in conjunction with the Rogers Cup.
The Universiade tennis tournament is set to get underway on July 8 and will wrap up on July 16 with the singles and mixed doubles finals. The gold-medal matches in women’s and men’s doubles are scheduled for July 15.
Canada has captured four tennis medals over the years at the world university games, including a pair of golds and two bronzes.
In 1993 in Buffalo, Robert Janecek and Jamie Laschinger took third place in men’s doubles.
In 1983 in Edmonton, Jill Hetherington, who would go on to win 15 WTA titles and reach two Grand Slam finals, partnered with Karen Dewis to win the women’s doubles and with Bill Jenkins to claim mixed doubles gold.
In 1979, in Mexico City, Hélène Pelletier and Nick Mohtadi captured the bronze medal in mixed doubles. Pelletier went on to win a WTA doubles title with Hetherington in 1985.
CANADIAN WOMEN’S ROSTER
Name University Hometown
Dominique Harmath Rice Toronto, Ont.
Christina Rustscheff Queens of Charlotte Toronto, Ont.
Kristina Sanjevic Alberta Edmonton, Alta.
CANADIAN MEN’S ROSTER
Name University Hometown
Philip Anderson New Mexico Halifax, N.S.
Christiaan Lee-Daigle Queens of Charlotte Tecumseh, Ont.
Isade Juneau Indiana – Bloomington Repentigny, Que.
Head coach Scott Hurtubise
UNIVERSIADE TENNIS SCHEDULE:
July 8: Opening day
July 15: Finals women’s & men’s doubles
July 16: Finals singles & mixed doubles
CANADIAN MEDALS IN TENNIS AT THE SUMMER UNIVERSIADE:
1983 (Edmonton): Jill Hetherington & Karen Dewis (women’s doubles)
1983 (Edmonton): Jill Hetherington & Bill Jenkins (mixed doubles)
1993 (Buffalo): Robert Janecek & Jamie Laschinger (men’s doubles)
1979 (Mexico City): Hélène Pelletier & Nick Mohtadi (mixed doubles)