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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | November 2005 

American School 10th Annual Tennis Tournament
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Representatives from each of the eight American Schools at the awards ceremony.

Puerto Vallarta's Rebeca Aguirre dominated the 12 year old division, winning the singles and doubles trophys. Pictured here with her proud dad, Norberto Aguirre, tennis pro at the Westin resort.

The participants at the awards ceremony lined up with their schoolmates.

Future star? From Sweden, Jacob Jahansson won the 14 year old singles tiltle along with the 14 and 18 year old doubles titles.
Canto Del Sol tennis players couldn't get a court from Monday through Wednesday, as the American School hosted its 10th Annual tournament. All eight courts were occupied from 8 am till closing this week. Puerto Vallarta residents are familiar with the American School located at the Marina, but most were not aware that there are seven other American Schools of Mexico.

What began ten years ago with two schools competing has grown to a huge tournament with eight schools and over 120 competitors. Singles matches were held for both girls and boys in the following divisions; 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 year olds and doubles were held for the same age groups.

The schools represented were form Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Durango, Tampico, Puebla, Queretaro and Peterson, also located in Mexico City. The mix of nationalities was interesting, as about 60% were Mexican, 30% American and 10% international. All students are bi-lingual and many multi-linguals that attend the private school system. It was also a family event, as parents and siblings traveled to Vallarta with the participants.

The action was competitive and exciting in all age brackets and due to the fact that tuition is "not cheap", most players have received numerous tennis lessons, a sad fact that most Nationals are not able to afford them and therefore opt for other sports.

The opening rounds were all one set played in a round robin format, the winner being the first to win six games. The scores were cumulative and the top four scorers in each division played in the semi finals Wednesday morning followed by the final. The final matches were the first player to win eight games won the championship.

Results from the finals, all played Wednesday:

10 Year Old Girls
1st - Paulina Ramirez of Durango
2nd - Elena Caceres of Puerto Vallarta
3rd - Ana Roberta Flores of Tampico

10 Year Old Boys
1st - Juan Pablo Jaramillo of Mexico City
2nd - Rodrigo Martinez of Puerto Vallarta
3rd - Armando Santoyo of Puebla

12 Year Old Girls
1st - Rebeca Aguirre of Puerto Vallarta
2nd - Elin Johansson of Mexico City
3rd - Grace Aquino of Puerto Vallarta

12 Year Old Boys
1st - Esteban Said of Puerto Vallarta
2nd - Sergio Guerra of Tampico
3rd - Manuel Dussault of Puerto Vallarta

14 Year Old Girls
1st - Rebecca Calvillo of Durango
2nd - Maria Jose Albanes of Guadalajara
3rd - Maria del Carmen Morales of Puerto Vallarta

14 Year Old Boys
1st - Jacob Johansson of Mexico City
2nd - Eduardo Cristobal of Mexico City
3rd - Ricardo Gonzalez of Puebla

16 Year Old Girls
1st - Natalia Salum of Durango
2nd - Claudia Torres of Mexico City
3rd - Carolyn Sykes of Guadalajara

16 Year Old Boys
1st - Joaquin Zapata of Peterson
2nd - Manuel Ramon Arana of Puebla
3rd - Armando Said of Puerto Vallarta

18 Year Old Girls
1st - Ingrid Albanes of Guadalajara
2nd - Rosario Cibrian of Puerto Vallarta

18 Year Old Boys
1st - Diego Hernandez of Puerto Vallarta
2nd - Andres Hernandez of Guadalajara
3rd - Jesus Quesada of Puerto Vallarta

In doubles competition, multiple winners were Jacob Johansson from Mexico City out of Sweden, winning the 14 year old singles, doubles and 18 year old doubles competition. Rebeca Aguirre, daughter of popular Westin tennis pro Norberto of Puerto Vallarta won the 12 year old singles and doubles events. Natalia Salum of Durango dominated the 16 year old division, winning both singles and doubles.

The event was run in professional fashion as we expect from the Canto Del Sol Tennis Club and the sportsmanship was spectacular. Now all of us amateurs can run and reserve our courts for the rest of the week!

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