THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE ONTARIO TENNIS ASSOCIATION

 
Dave Gervan


Dave’s tennis volunteerism started back in 1994 as a board member of the Markham Tennis Club (MTC). He has dedicated hundreds of hours across numerous MTC board positions, including Treasurer (1994-2004), Vice-President (2005) and President (2006-2008). From 2003 to 2013, Dave reached out further by volunteering to help run the annual Roger’s Cup tournament at York University, the first five years in security and pass control, and the last five years as a captain supervising a group of volunteers.

In 2013, the OTA approached Dave wanting to utilize his extensive tennis expertise for the betterment of tennis in the province. He held the position of Vice-Chair of Membership & Regional Development for six years (2014-2020), working with the OTA’s network of 10 Regional Chairs to identify ways to grow tennis across Ontario.

Then, in 2015, the City of Markham declared MTC’s existing clubhouse unsafe and closed it down, while many of the existing board stepped down with no succession plan in place. Dave not only agreed to participate on a liaison committee working with the City to negotiate building a new clubhouse, he also agreed to step in as Vice-President a second time (2017-2020), working with a revitalized board and new management team to keep the club going. During these four years, Dave saw his efforts come to fruition with a newly expanded clubhouse in 2017 along with a new management team in place to bring new programming and excitement to the tennis community. The club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 and completed further infrastructure upgrades with new fencing, court resurfacing and a new stone patio. In 2020 during the COVID19 crisis Dave was there to lend a hand to ensure members were kept safe and followed all required protocols. The Markham tennis community has seen a lot of positive changes in the club over many years, in large part due to his ongoing commitment and energy.

In 2019, the City showed interest in building their first ever Winter Tennis Bubble with a private operator and chose the MTC site to be that location. Dave participated on a liaison committee with the City to help negotiate a shared use agreement between the summer club and the new winter operation. It is hoped the new winter bubble will be in place by 2021.

The OTA is proud to have you as part of their DSA Hall of Fame; a truly exceptional contribution to tennis in Ontario.

 
 
 
OTA Instagram New article on ONTennis.ca from Scott Langdon: An exhaustive list of tennis media (books & film) and simple exercises to perform... while seated🛋️ Anything we missed? 🤔 Link below + in bio! 🔗: http://ontennis.ca/articles/2021/couchtennis21.html

OTA Instagram #AD New OTA partner @ThingsEngraved is pleased to offer a 15% introductory discount on any gift item, including Valentine’s Day gifts at www.thingsengraved.ca . Use promo code LoveTEOTA-15 when ordering. Things Engraved is Canada’s premier gifting company. It specializes in personalized gifts, such as engraved and embroidered items for all occasions. Happy shopping! #partnership #giftguide #valentinesday #engravinggifts #shopcanadian

OTA Instagram NEW article on ONTennis.ca (Link below ⬇️ ): We take a look at what it’s like to be a tennis official! As competitive tennis grows, there will be more demand than ever. Read about how some of Canada’s most senior officials got started...We also provide insight, guidelines and contact information for anyone who might want to give tennis officiating a try! 🔗 : http://ontennis.ca/articles/2021/GameSetMatch21.html Enjoy!

OTA Instagram Thanks to our communities, @CapitalKidsTennis was nominated under the category of Ottawa's Best Youth Sports Program for the 2021 Ottawa Awards by Faces Magazine (@facesOttawa)! Voting ends Jan 30th...check out link in bio! **This program would not have been possible without @ONTrillium @NCTA.ca and @cityofottawa. Thanks to their support, Capital Kids has been able to introduce tennis to kids/teens from diverse Ottawa neighbourhoods in a safe, fun environment. We hope to be back on the court soon. Please stay safe!

OTA Instagram NEW article on ONTennis.ca: Competitive Seniors Tennis 🎾Poised for Growth by Scott Langdon 🔗 (Link in bio!) http://ontennis.ca/articles/2020/competitiveseniors20.html

OTA Instagram The latest @ ONTennis.ca 🎾💻 we dive into the history of #Yonex from its beginnings as the Yoneyama Corporation in Japan in the 1950’s to its present-day status as a global sports super-brand! The OTA is proud to welcome Yonex as the Official Racquet and String of the Association. 🔗 Link in bio to read the full story. Enjoy!

OTA Instagram Read our latest story from @max_gao in which he talks to pros @rolandgarros - See what @rafaelnadal, @geniebouchard, @petra.kvitova, @denis.shapovalov, & @gabydabrowski have to say about how their lives have changed on and off court during the pandemic. (Link to story in bio and below 🔗 ) : http://ontennis.ca/articles/2020/pandemicTennis20.html

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!🖍