As the only player from the Okanagan selected to represent B.C. at the U14 Rogers Indoor national tennis championships, Calvin Thalheimer was carrying the hopes of an entire region on his shoulders.
Finishing 30th in 2014, Thalheimer, a member Global Fitness Centre and the Okanagan Mission Tennis Club, was hoping to improve his ranking this time around—did he ever.
While the early rounds featured several difficult, three-set matches, Thalheimer managed to win all but one, advancing to the exclusive championship flight, a tremendous result for an unseeded player.
He ultimately fell after two hard-fought matches to finish 13th overall in Canada. Calvin next plays several Vancouver selection draws, including the Stanley Park Open, as he vies for a berth in the 2015 Clay Outdoor Nationals scheduled for Montreal, Quebec this August 2015.
In other tennis news, local high-performance player Lily-Ana Kreutzer, also of Global Fitness and OKMTC, recently signed a letter of intent to play tennis for the University of Northern Colorado.
Scouted by the large U.S. institution, Kreutzer was granted a full-ride, tennis scholarship to the NCAA-accredited university in the Big Sky Conference. Kreutzer, 17, will bring her brand of high-intensity tennis to hall of fame coach Brenda Vlasak and the entire UNC Bears team.
Local coach Joachim Nierfeld is pleased for Kreutzer.
“She’s a very good athlete, she’s super fit, an an all-around good athlete and she works really hard,” said Nierfeld. “She deserves (the scholarship) and I’m happy for her.”