THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE ONTARIO TENNIS ASSOCIATION

Mission & History

 

Mission Statement

The Ontario Tennis Association promotes participation in tennis as part of a healthy lifestyle and encourages  the pursuit of excellence for all players.

History

The roots of the OTA date back to 1890, when the first official Canadian men’s singles championships was played at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, September 2nd to 6th, with American E.E. Tanner of Buffalo, NY, taking the title.

The Ontario Tennis Association was founded at a meeting of tennis enthusiasts in Barrie, in 1918, as the Ontario Lawn Tennis Association. Colonel Blackstock, Jack Boys, Garnet Meldrum and Jack Little, all well known tennis figures, were present. In 1919, the first Annual General Meeting was held and Blackstock was elected the association’s first president.

In 1974, the OTA established ten regions throughout the province to administrate tennis programs at the local level and coordinate their own individual boards.

The following is a list of Past Presidents of the OTA:

1919

Colonel Blackstock

1979-82

Jim Lewis

1920-47

Jack Little, Walter Burns, Ed Condon, Mel Brock

1982-84

Steve Stevens

1948-52

Jack Little

1985-86

James Varley

1953-56

J. Stafford, H. Beck

1987-89

Gus Daal

1956-58

Lorne Main

1990-93

Tony Schafer

1958-59

Jim Bentley

1994-95

Oluf Lauridsen

1959-61

Frank Dimock

1995-99

Pam Olley

1961-62

Roy Mansell

1999-2001

Stan Hannaford

1962-66

Zouch Palmer

2001-05

Malcom Still

1966-70

Ross Brown

2005-07

Keith Porter

1970-73

Lawrence Strong

2007-2012

Michel Lecavalier

1973-76

Klaus Bindhardt

2012-2016

Scott Fraser

1976-79

Dieter Wolff

2017-Present

Rob Nichools

 

 
 
 
 
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Looking for summer tennis camps? The OTA's got you covered with camps for ages 6 - 18 province wide. Check out the listing here: http://ow.ly/tpLr50h7GVW


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Great day of kids tennis at Glendale Secondary today! Big thanks to all the staff and students #getonthecourt


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Great day today with Kids Tennis school program!! #getonthecourt


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Congrats to Gabriela Dabrowski! 2018 Australian Open Mixed Doubles Champion #tennis #australianopen #ausopen #mixeddoubles #ontariotennis #tenniscanada


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Great classes today at Earl Haig SS! Thanks to all the staff and students #getonthecourt


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Ontario tennis players dominated the 2017 Tennis Canada Awards #tennis #canada #ontario #tenniscananda #tennisontario #daviscup #ATP #WTA


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Grade 12 champs of the day at Western Tech! #getonthecourt


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Great group of grade 11's at Western Tech today! #getonthecourt


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Spotted: Denis Shapovalov in Vogue's November issue w/ Karlie Kloss! (Almost as cool as being a 2-time Ontario Tennis magazine cover star...just sayin😂😉🤓) 🔗: http://tennis.life/2017/10/20/shapovalov-hits-vogue-magazine/


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Great day of Kids Tennis/Wellness today at Marc Garneau CI! #getonthecourt


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U18 Nationals Recap 🔗: http://ontennis.ca/S_Competition/Competition_Spring17/article_U18_Outdoor.html


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Some Q&A with Karl Hale #getonthecourt #avivatennis


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Getting ready for Milos at Leaside Tennis club #avivatennis #getonthecourt


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Smash Cage at Leaside TC with Aviva for Milos night! #getonthecourt


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Be sure to add the OTA on our all new snapchat account for latest tournament updates. This week featuring the Roman Cup and be sure to use the official tournament Geofilter!


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Congratulations to the Girls Under 16s doubles champions, Okeksanda and Rachel, and finalists, Corina and Viktoriya! #GetontheCourt #clubotaapp


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Lots of good matches today U12 provincials Kew Gardens TC #otaroadshow #clubotaapp #getonthecourt


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Keeping the draws up to date #getonthecourt #clubotaapp #otaroadshow