Vancouver’s defending Stanley Park Open champion Henry Choi relented his title to Port Coquitlam’s George Jecimenek in Sunday’s 81st playing of the popular amateur tennis tournament.
Ranked No. 1 heading into the finale, Choi lost the first set but came on strong in the second, only to lose the third to the No. 3-ranked player 5-7, 6-1, 5-7.
This was Choi’s fifth consecutive men’s final. He won the Stanley Park Open in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
In the women’s doubles final, Jena Cheng and Wan-Yi Sweeting of Vancouver knocked off the top-seeded team of Monica Neveklovska of West Vancouver and Victoria’s Kelsey Anonsen 7-5, 6-2.
In men’s doubles, Vancouver brothers David and Daniel Chu couldn’t unseat the top-ranked Victoria duo of Nick Coutts and Patrick Flint who reclaimed their title 6-4, 7-5.
In the women’s single draw, Burnaby’s Katerina Boiko defended the title she won a year ago and defeated third-seed Jena Cheng of Edmonton 6-2, 7-5. Boiko was the top seed in the women’s draw.
More than 2,000 competitors took part in more than 80 age and skill divisions in the 81st edition of North America’s largest community tennis tournament.