Even though he spends much of his time coaching, Joachim Nierfeld is still knows his way around the court as a formidable competitor.
Over the Easter weekend, the Kelowna-based teaching pro won a Western Canadian Indoor Senior tennis title for the sixth time in the last decade.
Nierfeld teamed up with Vancouver’s Steve Kimoff to capture the men’s over-45 doubles championship at the westerns in Victoria.
The two defeated Victoria’s Greg Diemer and Gerald Yung 2-1 in the final, needing a tiebreaker in the third and deciding set.
“It was a good, close match,” said Nierfeld. “We were happy to win it.”
Nierfeld, who took some time off last season to recover from knee surgery, hopes to qualify as a member of Team Canada for the second year in row for the World Senior Team Tennis Championships.
This year’s event will be held in Croatia.
The road to qualifying for Nierfeld will include playing this May at the provincial seniors in Vancouver, followed by the national senior championships in Montreal this August.