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Stefan Simeunovic

 
Stefan Simeunovic
 
Stefan Simeunovic, a native of Niagara Falls, ON has earned his way onto the grand stage of Provincial and National Tennis. Stefan, age 13, recently won the U14 Singles Provincial Championships, ranking him first in Ontario. He also holds the # 2 National Singles ranking for U14 and # 3 in National Doubles.

It has been and continues to be a remarkable journey for Stefan, as he first caught the tennis fever at age 6, after attending the Rogers Cup in 2010. With his parents’ encouragement, he signed up for his first lesson with coach Dave Boland, of the Welland Outdoor Tennis Club, who was at the time teaching at the St. Catherines Racquet Club. Within the 4 years, Boland felt he was moulding a “ tennis prodigy and by the age of 8, it was crystal clear that Stefan would rise to being number one in Ontario in all upcoming age groups”, said Boland. Boland’s premonitions came true and at age nine, Stefan captured his first Provincial Championship winning a $ 6,000 scholarship and earning him the opportunity to train in Toronto with Tennis Canada twice a week.

Stefan’s mother, Sandra Simeunovic, recognizing her son’s talent and feeling that he needed a fully comprehensive approach to both academics and athletics, then decided to enrol her son at the Niagara Academy of Sports in Vineland, at age 11. Stefan presently attends full time schooling and tennis training at NAT under the guidance of Tennis Director and Coach, Doug Carter.  Carter describes Stefan as “ A gifted and highly coordinated athlete, who loves competition and is able to play a power game.”

Coaches from the South West Region of the OTA, hail his success to sheer determination. Stefan told reporter Stephen Leithwood, of the Niagara Falls Review, “The pressure is big and it’s mentally hard, but if you stay focused and believe in yourself, everything is possible”. Simeunovic follows in the footsteps of Frank Dancevic, also from Niagara Falls, who trained over 20 years ago in our region and now holds the prestigious title of Davis Cup Captain.

“I am extremely proud of Stefan’s accomplishments and am excited to follow his progress as he represents Canada at the Junior Davis Cup in Mexico at the end of the month”, said Suzanne DeKay, the South West Regional Chair of OTA and one of his former school teachers. He has a strong support system of family, friends, players and coaches here in Niagara, and we envision Stefan’s “Dream Big and Believe in Yourself ” motto will drive him to the top!”

 
 

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