Lucas Poirier, 10, from Red Deer won a national junior tennis title on the weekend. (Submitted photo)

Lucas Poirier wins national tennis championship

A local tennis player travelled all the way to Burlington, Ont. and returned home with the ultimate prize.

Lucas Poirier, 10, from Red Deer was part of a four-player Alberta based team that won a national title at the Ontario Junior Open U10 Team Tennis Championships on the weekend.

Poirier was the only Red Deer player in the 13-team tournament and it was the first time an Alberta team had won the event.

The 10-year-old is currently ranked number one among U10 tennis players in Alberta and has played internationally in Colorado and Texas.

“It’s great to see our juniors competing and succeeding on not only a provincial level but on a national level,” said Rene Simon, founder and head coach of the Simon Tennis School.

In team tennis all four players must compete in a singles match and also pair up for a doubles match. The winner between teams is determined by number of wins.

Poirier’s team claimed the championship by beating three teams from Ontario.

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