Dembe, Luker & Chokyu Finish At Head Of 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Circuit Standings

December 12, 2011

Vancouver, November 30, 2011– Joel Dembe from Toronto solidified his outstanding season performance by finishing at the head of the 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Circuit Standings. Currently ranked No. 47 in the world on the ITF Wheelchair Rankings, Dembe replaces last year's top ranked player Lee Carter as No.1. Carter, who only played the Birmingham National Championships in Ottawa this year where he reached the final, falls to No. 3.

Ranked No. 2 this year, Philiipe Bedard from Montreal showed his strongest performance of the year at the PoCoMo Open in Coquitlam, BC. Bedard is currently ranked No. 102 in the world

Eric Gilbert (Quebec), Jerome Bouvier (British Colmbia) and Yann Mathieu (Quebec), who announced his retirement from competition tennis this year, occupy the No. 4-6 positions respectively.

In the quad division, Gary Luker from Ancaster, Ontario, tops the field over rival Adrian Dieleman (Hamilton, Ontario). Last year's Scotiabank Circuit Champion Sarah Hunter from Surrey, BC was forced out of action due to injury for most of the year. Coming at No. 3 is Mika Ishikawa from Vancouver who has shown tremendous progress this season.

Yuka Chokyu from Vancouver defended her title in the women's field.

The Scotiabank Canadian Circuit is a series of seven ITF sanctioned events in Canada and the Birmingham National Wheelchair Championships. The series is made of tournaments in Windsor (Ontario), St Therese (Quebec), Mississauga (Ontario), Vancouver, Coquitlam (BC), two events in Montreal and the Birmingham National Wheelchair Championships (Ottawa).

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