Team Canada defeated Spain 3-2 to advance to the second round of the Davis Cup World Group last weekend at UBC's Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.
GRANT Connell calls it the highlight of his career.
NORTH Vancouver's Grant Connell will be one of three Canadian tennis icons honoured with Davis Cup Commitment Awards during the upcoming Davis Cup World Group tie against Spain next month.
WHATEVER happens next in the tennis career of North Vancouver's Filip Peliwo, he will now forever know that in 2012 he was the best junior player in the world.
Anyone wanting a history lesson on the Richmond Open won't have to look far.
WHEN North Vancouver's Alexis Prokopuik made it all the way to the championship final of the under-16 Rogers Junior Nationals indoor tennis tournament March 31 in Verdun, Que., she was faced with an opponent and atmosphere that could easily have gotten the best of her.
I know what the Grey Cup is. The Stanley Cup, I get.
THE University of British Columbia's Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre was full of fascinating sights and sounds this weekend as Canada battled France in the Davis Cup - the tennis event that adds team play and national pride to world class tennis.
Tennis is on an upswing in B.C. Two years ago, one in four Canadians considered themselves an avid tennis fan. Most recently, one in three of us cops to loving the sport.
Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil helped cinch Canada's place in the elite, 16-nation Davis Cup with two singles and one doubles victory over Israel in September. His reward comes this weekend at UBC when the 21-year-old, world No. 115 tennis player competes for his country on a hometown court.
PHILIP Bester's gutsy effort at a hostile Davis Cup tennis tie in Ecuador last summer helped Canada move up to the top-flight World Group for 2012 but it looks like the North Vancouver native won't get to enjoy the big payoff from that win.
IN the final installment of our North Shore sports year in review we look back at the five biggest stories of the year as chosen by the North Shore News' sports editorial board.
OUR look back at the past year in North Shore sports continues in this issue with an examination of the biggest headlines from July to December, 2011. Tennis star Philip Bester gets the ball rolling with a story of tough points and gun fights in South America.
A new Tennis Canada elite youth national training program based out of the North Shore Winter Club opened this fall with the goal of producing the next wave of Rebecca Marinos and Vasek Pospisils to take on the world.
NORTH Vancouver's Philip Bester withdrew from the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open on the eve of the tournament, citing a wrist injury.
The pros are back at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club this week for the annual Odlum Brown Vancouver Open tennis tournament and this year there's more cash up for grabs than ever.
North Vancouver's Philip Bester and the rest of Canada's Davis Cup team overcame a terrible start, hostile crowds and even gunfire to win a thrilling comeback victory over Ecuador last weekend in the worldwide tennis tournament that pits nation against nation.
NORTH Vancouver's Philip Bester is serving his country this weekend as one of four Canadians taking on team Ecuador in a Davis Cup tennis tie.