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2005 Canadian Nationals
4-07-2005

Toronto, Canada
The 2005 Canadian Open had all the elements of a movie of the week –
Brother against brother, driving rain, heavy snow, border stoppings, ambulances….we had it all. Mike Boire / Mike Stulac defeated Paul Stulac / Scott McFaden 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the finals. full tournament details


70 people braved the weather to participate this year. Representatives from Toronto, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Connecticut, Boston and New York City spent two days battling the elements, playing some great paddle, gorging on food and beverages ( I think we set a wine record this year…) and enjoying the company. Saturday was wet – snow, rain, sleet – everything but sun. Everyone survived and managed to make it out to watch the basketball game and play some pool. Certain Rochester ladies were introduced to the concept of the piano bar and claim they will never be the same.

Sunday morning came too quickly and started off with a mammoth court cleaning, followed closely by Toronto’s Dan Dupak tearing his Achilles tendon. Dan underwent surgery and is doing fine but will be sidelined for quite awhile. Thanks to everyone who helped keep Dan calm and for all the people whose random lost and found clothes kept him warm throughout the ordeal. The women’s final went ahead with Toronto’s Stephanie Booth and Anna Lis taking the title 6-3, 6-2 over Toronto’s Joan Stulac and Ann Ferron.

For the third year in a row, the men’s final featured Toronto’s Paul Stulac and Pittburgh’s Scott McFaden taking on the two Mike’s – Mike Boire of Toronto and New York/Toronto’s Mike Stulac. With the packed house enjoying the game and the rambling commentary by Shappy and Daw, the four guys stretched it out to a 3-set epic, eventually taken by the Mike’s (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)).

The Tournament Director was thrilled to hear that everyone made it home safely despite the weather. She is still awaiting a written report from Mike Stulac about the “radiation” issue at the border crossing – In-car reports say that the authorities let Mike go. Apparently, they tired of Mike’s shot by shot description of his run to the US National title. Realizing he still had the Canadian National title to talk about, they decided to cut their losses and set him free.



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