Saskatoon tennis tournament features Wimbledon star
It's not the most popular sport in the province, but tennis will be stealing the spotlight this week after it was announced Filip Peliwo will be playing in Saskatoon's Men's Tennis Futures Tournament.
The 18-year-old from North Vancouver, B.C. defeated Luke Saville of Australia 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday to capture the boys' singles Wimbledon title.
It's the same path Roger Federer and Andy Roddick took.
"Honestly it's amazing to be mentioned in the same sentence as Roger Federer," said Peliwo. "Obviously, probably the greatest player of all time. I actually had the chance to meet him at the Champions Dinner so that was an amazing experience."
Organizers of the tournament said they were shocked when they got a call Monday night saying Peliwo would be coming to play.
"A real Cinderella story," said Keith Rissling, tournament organizer. "Wimbledon one day, Saskatoon the next. Our local people are just so excited to have the opportunity."
It all starts Wednesday night for Peliwo -- he'll be in the feature match-up starting at 5:30 p.m. CST.
A year ago an injury forced Peliwo to pull out of the men's Futures tournament.
So despite being ranked number one right now in the world of junior tennis, he said he still has something to prove in Saskatoon.