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 Nicholls

 

 
 
 
 

OTA Instagram #tbt As all municipalities now allow doubles play across Ontario, enjoy this backspin read on doubles team chemistry. 🔗 : ontennis.ca/articles/2020/DoubleDreamTeam_2013.html 📸 : @jagphotography #backspin #getonthecourt

OTA Instagram Beloved Canadian tennis star Bruno Agostinelli Jr. passed away tragically in 2016 at the age of 28. His younger brother Gianluca lovingly remembers his brother in this tribute story. Gianluca tells us about Bruno’s wonderful accomplishments as a junior, college and Davis Cup star and about how he inspired the next generation as an elite coach at Tennis Canada. But, more than that, he shares what it meant to be Bruno’s brother and how he was inspired by Bruno in tennis and in life… and still is. After stepping away from the sport, Gianluca was drawn back to it as a way of coming to terms with Bruno’s passing and to feel close to him once again. Read about Bruno’s incredible legacy: http://ontennis.ca/articles/2020/StringsAttached.html

OTA Instagram NEW POD ALERT! 🎙️ In this special edition of the ONTENNIS Podcast presented by Mayfair Clubs, we speak with the OTA’s President and CEO Jim Boyce about the effects of COVID-19 on tennis in the province. Jim discusses how the tennis landscape has changed since the pandemic and what measures the OTA’s member clubs and their members will face as they attempt to re-open safely. In a dynamic, ever-changing environment, Jim talks about the OTA’s role, the clubs and academies challenges and the responsibilities and directions outlined by the various levels of government that will shape the way tennis is played as we return to the courts! To listen to this episode now, visit one of the podcast apps below 🔗: Soundcloud: http://ow.ly/BLdh50zOybL Apple Podcasts: https://cutt.ly/ZyO9oCj Stitcher: https://cutt.ly/oyO9pV6 Google Podcasts: https://cutt.ly/wyO9aFP

OTA Instagram Congrats to @mattross96 for being last week’s #playtennisathome winner and receiving a gift card from @merchanttennis 🎾 A new winner will be drawn at the end of the week...remember to tag @merchanttennis and @ontariotennisassociation and get those videos in! Good Luck! (Open to Canadian residents only) Contest details 🔗: merchantoftennis.com/pages/playing-tennis-at-home-contest

OTA Instagram Mayfair Clubs is running a fun colouring contest for you and the kids to showcase your artistic skills & relieve some stress! Five lucky winners will receive a GIANT TENNIS BALL! 🎾 Colouring sheets are created and designed by the talented Carol Gouveia @carolinnegouveia from the Mayfair Clubs marketing team. ***Go to link in @mayfairclubs bio for Contest details and downloadable colouring sheets. Contest ends May 20th. Happy colouring!🖍

OTA Instagram Merchant of Tennis (MoT), in partnership with the OTA, is kicking off its #playtennisathome video contest this week! MoT will hold a weekly contest, giving everyone a chance to use their creative skills in demonstrating how they are playing tennis during these socially distant times. Each week in May, a random winner will receive a $25 online gift card for merchantoftennis.com. MoT will also donate $100 to the winner’s local food bank. Rules: 1. Post your video on Instagram and/or Facebook tagging @merchanttennis & @ontariotennisassociation 2. Use the hashtag #playtennisathome 3. Like or follow @merchanttennis & @ontariotennisassociation on Instagram and/or Facebook A winner will be selected at the end of each week, with the video being featured in both the MoT and OTA websites at the end of May. Looking forward to watching the videos! Good luck! #tennisvideos #playtennisathome #playtennis #contest #tennisgiveaway #stayactive 🔗: https://www.merchantoftennis.com/pages/playing-tennis-at-home-contest

OTA Instagram *Mother’s Day delivered by Merchant of Tennis!* Enjoy 10% off regular priced product (excluding balls & court equipment) by using discount code: OTAMOM2020 The discount code is valid through May 3, 2020. Check out the @merchanttennis Gift Guide here: https://www.merchantoftennis.com/pages/mothers-day-guide

OTA Instagram OTA writers @max_gao and @mcintyretennis caught up with 6 top Ontario tour and college players to find out how COVID-19 has affected their careers, and how they are keeping themselves prepared for their eventual return to the court... 🔗: http://ontennis.ca/articles/2020/OperationReboot20.html

OTA Instagram @merchanttennis turns 28 years old today! As a thank you to customers, Merchant is offering 28% off store-wide! Sale ends @ 11:59p tonight. Some exclusions apply. #shopcanadian #getonthecourt #smallbusiness #onlineshopping #staysafe #springsale #happybirthday #canadiantennis

OTA Instagram Missing your tennis fix? We’ve compiled a list of tennis movies, books, podcasts, documentaries & more to get us through. Anything we missed 🤔? Let us know in the comments!⬇️ 🔗: https://www.tennisontario.com/marketing/tennis-media-links-resources

OTA Instagram Hi, tennis friends👋! If you need to momentarily take your mind off things during these uncertain times, please enjoy a new ONTennis podcast🎙️ presented by @mayfairclubs ! Last week, we spoke to the @usta CEO, Stacey Allaster! From humble beginnings as a young player and coach in Welland, Ontario, Stacey Allaster has became one of the most powerful female executives in sport. Stacey’s story is an inspiration for anyone who dreams of having a career in tennis; whether as a player, coach or administrator. Links below! ⬇️ 👂 Soundcloud: shorturl.at/klXZ4 Apple: http://tiny.cc/yb9ilz Stitcher: https://app.stitcher.com/splayer/f/393139/68007137 #WomeninTennis #getonthecourt #ExperienceMayfair #MoreThanTennis #TennisCanada

OTA Instagram Please be advised: effective March 14th, the OTA has suspended all scheduled tournaments and U10 - U18 regroupings until further notice. The OTA office is also officially CLOSED, however staff can still be reached via email. View the full advisory here: https://www.tennisontario.com/pages/advisory-on-covid-19