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-Present

Scott Fraser

1976-79

Dieter Wolff