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You probably won’t find anyone from Team Manitoba’s tennis team on the podium this week at the Canada Summer Games — but that doesn’t mean they’re going to go down without a fight.

Tennis at the Games is for players aged 18 and under, but Manitoba’s roster doesn’t have anyone near the age limit. The oldest player on the team is 16, with the rest ranging between 12 to 15 years old.

"We’re just looking to great matches and having a good attitude the whole tournament. We will fight every match, every point and every set," said 12-year old Reece Carter, who spent time in Europe this summer with the Canadian under 14 team.

In mixed team competition, Carter and her teammates advanced to the semifinals on the consolation side after defeating Prince Edward Island 4-2 on Tuesday morning. The mixed team competition features provinces battling each other in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles competition.

Manitoba’s Stefan Barré, 14, says even though the team is out of the medal round, the rest of the week will be a valuable experience for him and his teammates. He says just because the expectations are low due to their age, that doesn’t mean they won’t give opponents a difficult time.

"We’re not expecting to beat the players that are older but we’re doing the best we can to stick around and be a pain in the butt to them. They take us seriously, but it’s almost like they see Manitoba in the draw and they say ‘Oh it’s easy,’ but we don’t want it to be like that.

"We want them to say ‘Oh crap, we have to play Team Manitoba.’ With the crowd cheering and everything, it’s tough to play against us," said Barré.

Before Tuesday’s victory over P.E.I., Manitoba defeated Northwest Territories 6-0 before losing to British Columbia 5-1 in the quarter-final. Carter, who won the lone match against Team B.C., believes Manitoba will be one of the stronger provinces in tennis at the 2021 Canada Games, but for now, she’s embracing the role of being an underdog.

"It’s funny watching (opponent’s) faces when I surprisingly hit a winner," said Carter.

Team Manitoba takes on Nova Scotia today at 9 a.m. at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club. The winner will move on to play for fifth place on Thursday.

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Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

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