Vancouver: Mysuru-boy Mustafa M. Raja, who won the Provincial Championships in British Columbia last month and was selected for the Nationals to be held in Montreal, Quebec, did well and emerged National Doubles Champion. Mustafa also came third in Singles.
The 14-year-old played consistent tennis all week at the 14-and-under Nationals held at the Carrefour Tennis Centre from Sept. 20 to 26. Tournament was held outdoors on clay courts.
In the Doubles finals, Mustafa and his partner Eric defeated Owen and Scotty. Mustafa and Eric came back from one set down and held their nerves to win the Nationals with the score of 2,6 6,4 and 10-7.
In the Singles, Mustafa lost to Adam in the semi-finals but won the match for the third spot against Andy Kepche with the score of 6,1 and 6,1 to get the third spot.
Mustafa, representing British Columbia, also won silver in the team standings of the provinces.
Mustafa was awarded a trophy for the National Doubles Champion, trophy for the third place in Singles and a silver medal for the provincial standings. With this performance, Mustafa will break into top 5 Singles rankings in Canada. Mustafa trains at the Tennis Centre in Vancouver and goes to Sullivan Heights Secondary School.
Mustafa, son of Murtuza Raja and Farida Raja, earlier train at the Nagaraj Tennis Centre in Mysuru for seven years and attended Excel Public School in Mysuru.