THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE ONTARIO TENNIS ASSOCIATION

 
Tony Schafer


Tony discovered tennis in his 30's and embraced it with enthusiasm, both as a player and a volunteer. He led a committee that found a site and negotiated the financing and construction of a new 6-court facility in Milton. To raise the profile of tennis in his community, he worked with the OTA and Tennis Canada to bring the Ontario and National Junior Championship tournaments to his facility. He served as President of his club and initiated, with OTA help, a Schools Program with participation by all elementary schools in Milton that became the pilot program for the subsequent OTA Schools Program. He initiated a junior team tennis program, engaging about 100 children and volunteer adult coaches in weekly team competition.

 

After serving as President of the OTA Southwest Region, he served as Vice Chair of Junior Development, Vice President and then President of the OTA. Tony led the transformation of the OTA Board from the 44 member Council to a much leaner structure which exists today. As part of this transition, the first OTA Strategic Plan was written with participation by clubs, regions and other tennis stakeholders.

 

Between 1993 and 1999, Tony served as a Director on the Tennis Canada Board, working primarily on committees related to Player Development, the Quadrennial Plan, Council of the Provinces and a new site for the National Tennis Centre.

 
 
 

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!🖍

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

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