The Kamloops Legacy Wheelchair Tennis Tournament ran this weekend as new champions were crowned in the Men’s, Women’s and Quad divisions while American Charlie Cooper defended his title in the Junior Division.

Men’s Division

A young emerging talent took the title in a competitive Men’s field. Charlie Cooper entered the tournament unseeded. However, he defeated both the number one and number two seed en route to the title. This is the 16-year-old’s first career Men’s title on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Australian Ben Weekes was the tournament’s runner after getting by defending champion Thomas Venos in the semifinal.

Venos was the highest finisher out of the six BC athletes in the Men’s Singles. Se-Youn Moon made it through to the quarterfinals, while John Chen was triumphant in the consolation draw.  

Thomas Venos won his fourth Doubles title of 2024, winning the round-robin doubles tournament with partner Bruno Mackey of Brazil.

Junior Division

Charlie Cooper’s second title of the weekend came in the Junior Division where he repeated as champion and won a tough-three set final against fellow American Tomas Majetic.

BC juniors Lachlan Sanford and John Chen made it to the semifinals but ultimately fell to the powerful higher-ranked Americans.

Women’s Division

Six women from four different countries battled for the women’s title. American Laura Goodkind came out on top; she got past the top-seeded Canadian Natalia Lanucha in a back-and-forth 3-set semifinal before dispatching Anne-Marie Dolinar in the championship match.

This was Laura’s 1st ITF Singles title of her career and an exciting achievement heading into Vancouver. She would also emerge victorious in doubles, partnering with Canadian teenager Frédérique Bérubé Peronne, winning every set in the round-robin.

Quad Division

Four athletes battled hard in the quad division, playing an exciting round-robin event. Andrew Bogdanov completed the American sweep of Singles titles, winning each set throughout the competition and prevailing over Vancouver’s Mitch McIntyre in what was essentially a final.  Bogdanov will now look to defend his Singles crown at the upcoming Vancouver International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.

What’s Next

Many of the athletes who competed in Kamloops will be back in action at the Vancouver International wheelchair tennis tournament July 11-15 at Kitsilano Beach. The tournament is open to the public and admission is free.

You can view the complete draws and all match results from Kamloops, click here.