Week of August 11, 2023

 


Yonex Ontario Open Results

The $8,000 Yonex Circuit Ontario Open was played last week at the Rideau Sports Centre in Ottawa. There were over 50 of the best players in the province entered in Women’s and Men’s singles and doubles action. 

The Men’s Singles final saw the number three seed, Evan McNicol (above, right), defeat top-seeded Andre Szilvassy, (above, left) 6-3, 7-6(2). In the Women’s Singles final, the number one seed, Brooke Feth (below, right), defeated unseeded Sara-Maria Calmuschi, (below, right) 6-3, 6-3.

The tournament is part of the Yonex Circuit Ontario Open Series.

For complete results, click here. Thanks to the Rideau Sports Centre for hosting the tournament!


$12K Mascarin Mid

Canada 1000 Results 

The 12K Mascarin Collision Mid Canada Open 1000 was held recently at the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre. Over 30 men competed in singles and doubles action. The Men’s singles final saw top seed Nick Lagaev defeat 3rd seed Peter Kuszynski 6-3, 6-2. For complete results, click here. Thanks to the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre for hosting this great tournament!


OTA President’s Day at NBO!

Over 170 OTA Member Club Presidents and their guests attended the 2023 OTA Presidents Day at the National Bank Open last Monday. The club executives were on hand to network with each other and OTA staff, have a photo op with the authentic Davis Cup trophy, enjoy a warm buffet breakfast, some short presentations and a visit by special guest, Canadian tennis legend Daniel Nestor! After the event, guests were treated to an afternoon of live tennis action. Special thanks to Tennis Canada for making tickets available for our hard-working club presidents and executives! See you next year!

Check out Daniel Nestor’s Q&A here.


Bloomex Cup Results

The Bloomex Cup wrapped up at the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club last weekend. The 4-star National Qualifier had over 260 junior players competing in U12/U14/U16/U18 competition. 

Pictured above, left to right: Madeline Kroupetski, (GU18 Finalist), Sophie Dement, (GU18 3rd place), Ashvini Gopalan, (GU18 Champion), Isabella Yan, (GU14 Champion), Shu Qiao, (GU14 4th place), Alyssa Beltei, (GU14 3rd place).

For complete draws and results, click here


U18 Fischer Outdoor Jr. Nat’s Finals at NBO Sunday!

The 2023 U18 Fischer Junior Outdoor Nationals kicked off this week at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga. The singles and doubles finals will be held at Sobeys Stadium Court 1 on Sunday, August 13 prior to the start of the finals of the National Bank Open!

Ontario was well represented at the tournament with 18 boys and 22 girls in main draw singles play.

For draws and results, click here. Photo: Tennis Canada/Roger Lauzon


Check Out the Latest ONTENNIS.ca Story!

New ONTENNIS Exclusive Instructional Series by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles – Part 4!

Check out the fourth release of the new exclusive ONTENNIS “The Competitive Edge” instructional series by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles. This series is for anyone who wishes to raise their compete level. A lifelong player and coach, Mr. Coles features easy to digest tips and strategies to help keen recreational competitors play smarter. Improving stroke technique certainly helps but that requires a great deal of deliberate practice. A quicker way is to sharpen tactical skills whilst still using the strokes you've already got! He will cover topics often overlooked or even glossed over in on court instruction when hitting lots of balls is what is appreciated most.

Part 4, “Win the Warm Up – How to Start Confidently”. The game within the game! Coach Adrian gives you some great tips to help you get your nerves under control under match conditions. Most times, in a close match, the player who can best control their emotions comes out on top. Make sure you’re that player! 

Check out this story here and visit www.ONTENNIS.ca for all other ONTENNIS stories. Enjoy!


Introducing Community Tennis Network

The Ontario Tennis Association in partnership with Tennis Canada has launched an exciting new initiative, Community Tennis Network, designed to grow the recreational tennis experience for adult players.
 
What is Community Tennis Network?
 
Community Tennis Network offers a platform for recreational adult tennis players to connect with others in the community and organize friendly matches with players of similar skill levels. The program is for beginners looking to play their first match, or for advanced players looking to find new competition!
 
How it works:
 
1.    Sign Up: Join Community Tennis Network and create your profile.
2.    Find Matches: Players are placed in groups based on their level. Players will receive contact information for their respective group members to arrange matches when and where they like.
3.    Compete & Track Progress: After each match, enter your scores online to track your progress and earn prizes.
4.    Build Your WTN: Every match you play helps build your ITF World Tennis Number (WTN), reflecting your skill level and progress.
 
Community Tennis Network locations are now available in Niagara, Hamilton, Kitchener, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Toronto West, Toronto East and Kingston.

Learn more and sign up today: communitytennisnetwork.com
 
Don’t see a network in your area? Request a CTN in your community.


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ITF Masters 1000, Miraflores, Peru

Canadian Masters competitor Marc Pepin was victorious in the doubles competition at the ITF Masters 1000 Tournament in Miraflores, Peru held June 12-18.

Pepin won the O65 doubles crown with Carlos Behar from Columbia. It was his 57th career ITF title and allowed him to move up to #3 in the O65 Doubles World Rankings.  Next up for the 15-year tour veteran is the European Tour in September and October followed by a South American Tour in November. Good luck Marc.

Pictured above, l to r, Carlos Behar and Marc Pepin. For complete tournament results, click here.


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Check out the Latest ONTENNIS

Printed Magazine!

This year’s printed edition of ONTENNIS Magazine is being shipped across the province to our member clubs and is being distributed at the OTA booth at the National Bank Open in Toronto. The good news is that it is also available online in Flipbook form! The latest edition focuses on the fabulous career of Ontario Native Milos Raonic. Trace his tennis roots from the time he first picked up a racquet, through his competitive career that started with the OTA and his incredible journey that took him to great heights! He plans to come full circle, playing in front of a home-town crowd at this year’s NBO in Toronto. Other stories include the first story in a new instructional series, “The Competitive Edge” by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles, profiles of four Ontario clubs turning 100 this year and more! Check out the edition online here. Enjoy!


NBO Ticket Discount for OTA Players!

Save on National Bank Open presented by Rogers tickets with a special Ontario Tennis Association offer!

On behalf of the OTA, you can save on National Bank Open tickets in Toronto with the special promo code: 23NBOTA. Save up to 50% on Monday, August 7th Opening Day session tickets and up to 25% on other sessions of tennis. Only select seating levels available for purchase.

To buy tickets online using the promo code above, click BUY NOW, choose the applicable session(s), select your seats and check out. The discount will already be applied. Alternatively, you can also call 1-877-283-6647 ext. 1 or email tickets@tenniscanada.com to purchase tickets with your discount promo code.


$10K Lander Open at Markham TC

Aug. 29 - Sep. 3

The sign up for the 1st Annual $10,000 Lander Open, presented by the Ontario Tennis Association and Tennis Canada is now open. Part of the Circuit Ontario Open 1000 Series, the tournament will be held at Markham Tennis Club August 29 – September 3. There are women’s and men’s singles and doubles events available to enter. The draw size for singles is 32 and 16 teams for doubles. 

The acceptance criteria is based on the following: 

1.    UTR 10.0 and above
2.    National Bank Open Rankings

For more information and to sign up, click here.


OTA Club and Regional News


Davis Cup Captain Frank Dancevic Honoured!

Canadian Davis Cup Champions captain Frank Dancevic was honoured this week at a special Davis Cup ceremony at Niagara-on-the-Lake! The Davis Cup Trophy was showcased at this wonderful celebration, part of the cross-country tour organized by Tennis Canada. Among the guests on hand to honour Frank (above second left) were Senior Vice President, Tennis Development at Tennis Canada, Hatem McDadi (above right), Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa (above left) and Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati (above second right), who presented Frank, a Niagara Region native, with the Key to the City. Former Davis Cuppers Pierre Lamarche Harry Fauquier were also on hand.

The ceremony took place at a private residence with a beautiful tennis court in its back garden, across the street from the original site of the Queen’s Royal Hotel and its six beautiful grass tennis courts. The site was home to two of the most important tennis tournaments in Canada in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s; the Niagara International, from 1885 and 1923 and the Canadian National Championships (now the National Bank Open), between 1895 and 1911. As well as the ceremony honouring Frank, guests were invited to enjoy food and refreshments (courtesy of Sobeys) and music in Queen’s Royal Park.

The event could not have taken place without the vision, effort and passion of long-time Niagara-on-the-Lake (NotL) resident, tennis enthusiast, Notl Tennis Club and OTA Board member Rosemary Goodwin (above centre), who worked tirelessly to organize this special occasion! Thanks to Rosemary and her team of enthusiastic volunteers! … and congratulations to Frank!

 

Premier Racquet Clubs Markham Season Two

Premier Racquet Clubs in Markham, Ontario completed their first indoor season of operation in April, and they are loading up for an even stronger second season, beginning this October.

Founder Karl Hale ensures that all the club offerings and programs are first class, and he also works hard to give back to the local community. 

Among the many initiatives, Karl and his team carried out last season were, providing scholarships to low-income children, partnering with a local school to provide free programming, organizing a tennis-a-thon charity event for over 400 children, which raised over $10,000, planting 100 trees in the local community, and collecting and donating 50 pairs of lightly used tennis shoes to players in need in India.

The operation happening underneath each of the two 3-court domes is also special. The management team is excellent, with new hire General Manager Bill Maron, Tennis Director Andy Sutton, Junior High Performance Head Coach Bogdan Grygorenko and Business Manager Nima Naderi. Tennis and pickleball players alike will find what they are looking for, whether it is beginner lessons, recreational programs, well organized and sanctioned tournaments, club teams or private lessons and clinics. The PRC Markham team has been hard at work all summer to ensure that their second season is even better than their first.
 
For more information check out their website www.premierracquetclubs.com.

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Is your club hosting a significant tournament or event, does it have an anniversary coming up, is there a volunteer or player who deserves recognition for their contributions? If so, we want to hear about it. Just send a photo and a short write-up to us and we’ll feature it in SPIN in our OTA Club and Regional News section. To submit a story for consideration, just email pmalcomson@tennisontario.com.

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