Local tennis ace Calvin Thalheimer has enjoyed a very successful 2018 season so far, competing in no less than fourteen high-level tournaments, culminating in three championship victories, one finals appearance and four semi-final berths.
Playing in only his first year of U18, 17 year-old Thalheimer recorded two significant victories at the Richmond Tennis Club Outdoor Selection Series #3, winning both the singles and doubles draw handily. Thalheimer then went on to win doubles at the Davis Trading U18 Junior Outdoor Provincial Championship (with partner J. Maclean). Additionally, he fought through a series of tough opponents to reach the semi-finals on the singles side.
By qualifying for both indoor and outdoor nationals in his inaugural year of U18, Thalheimer notched another first, traveling to both Markham and Mississauga, Ont respectively, once again as the only member of Team BC from the Okanagan Valley.
At Rogers Outdoor U18 Nationals in Mississauga, Thalheimer & partner Raul Dobai scored a surprise upset over Canadian #2 Justin Boulais (who went on to win the singles draw) and partner Nicolas Ocana-Lavoie 7-5, 1-6, 10-7 to reach the semi-finals. Thalheimer & Dobai were only stopped by a hot-handed Taha Baadi (Canadian #6) & partner Alex-Antoine Marquis, 6-2, 6-4.
So far this year, Thalheimer has seen further action in Victoria (reaching the semis at the Panorama International Junior ITF Tennis Championships for doubles), Burlington, Ont. (where he competed in the 36th Annual All-Canadian Junior Championships), semis at the Surrey Tennis Centre Selection Series #3, finals at the Great West Selection Series #1 and an exciting doubles championship victory at The Richmond Country Club Selection Series #3. He was also awarded wildcard entry to the Kelowna Futures ITF Professional Men’s event, narrowly missing a win in doubles 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-4.
While Thalheimer remains as the #1 ranked player for the entire Northern, Southern and Central Okanagan he has improved his BC Provincial singles ranking from #10 (Jan 2018) to as high as #5 last month.
Next up for Thalheimer are two international qualifying events, held back to back in October 2018 at the North Vancouver Tennis Centre and the Panorama Rec Centre in Victoria, BC, respectively.