Week of February 02, 2024

 


OTA Appoints Richard Mainella as

President and CEO

The Chair of the Board of the OTA, Dianne Weatherby, announced on January 31 that, following an extensive search, Richard Mainella has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 26, 2024. “The hiring committee interviewed many exceptional candidates, and we are delighted to announce Richard’s appointment.

The board extends its congratulations to Richard and is confident his passion, expertise, business acumen, and innovative thinking will elevate the OTA to new heights,” said Weatherby. "We congratulate Richard Mainella on his appointment and look forward to working with him and his staff at the Ontario Tennis Association," said Gavin Ziv, Chief Executive Officer, Tennis Canada. “Tennis Canada's partnership with the provincial and territorial tennis associations is very important to the growth and development of our sport across the country."

Mainella has extensive experience in corporate management, having over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has the unique experience of working and supporting international markets including the Caribbean and Latin America where he championed international brand work and negotiated strategic partnerships in the Entertainment and Professional Soccer arenas. He enjoyed his time in Mexico, where he was Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank and launched innovative brand and sponsorship campaigns and led digital strategies, resulting in the award for Best Website Platform and recognition as the number one social media bank. Richard has also owned and operated a retail start-up. On the philanthropic front, he has chaired the United Way, fundraised for the Philpott Children’s Tennis Foundation, and participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

“It is with tremendous enthusiasm that I embark on this journey as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Tennis Association. These are exciting times in the world of tennis, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow the sport across the province,” said Mainella.

Richard also has wide-ranging experience in the tennis community.

He grew up playing tennis at Bayview Fairways & German Mills tennis clubs in Thornhill where he later became a teaching professional. 

Richard also had a successful junior career, ranked number one in singles and doubles in Ontario and winning the U18 Provincial Singles and U18 National Doubles titles. His impressive results led to a US scholarship at the University of Texas Pan American where he was all-conference. He continued to compete in the senior circuit and has represented Canada at World events in Turkey and New Zealand.

Richard is a former OTA Board Director who served in the capacity of Vice Chair, Marketing and Communications and participated on the Strategic Planning Committee, CEO Appraisal Committee and was Chair of the Governance Committee. 

The board and staff of the OTA extend heartfelt congratulations to Richard on his appointment and eagerly anticipate collaborating with him to advance the sport of tennis in Ontario.

About the Ontario Tennis Association

Founded in 1918, the OTA is a non-profit, provincial sport association for tennis in Ontario. It is the largest provincial tennis association in Canada, with 260 member clubs representing 85,000 adult and junior tennis players. The OTA encourages participation in the sport of tennis and provides a structure of services which will assist players to reach a level of competence.

consistent with their personal goals and abilities. The OTA sanctions and operates the Junior, Senior and Open Provincial Championships and is located at Sobeys Stadium, home of the National Bank Open and Tennis Canada. OTA junior alumni include 12-time Grand Slam Doubles Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Daniel Nestor, 3-time Doubles Grand Slam Champion Gabriela Dabrowski, Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov and 2019 U.S. Open Singles Champion Bianca Andreescu. For more information on the OTA, please visit us at www.tennisontario.com.


2024 Tennis Symposium and Career Expo

Join us for the 2024 Tennis Symposium and Career Expo, a collaborative initiative by the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) and the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA), dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise within the tennis community. Scheduled for February 14th at the prestigious Sobeys Stadium, this symposium offers a unique educational experience tailored for both coaches and club stakeholders. Don't miss the chance to enrich your understanding of the latest trends and insights in the tennis world.

Added Presentation – Women Leaders in Tennis Panel Discussion, featuring Leigh Bradwell, Maria Patrascu and Katy Shulaeva!

This event is a TPA re-certification module. For more information on the event, click here. If your club or Academy would like to exhibit at the Career Expo (free to OTA member clubs/Academies), contact Andrew Chappell, achappell@tennisontario.com. To secure your spot and delve into a day of valuable education and networking, register here. Admission to the Career Expo is free for jobseekers after 2pm.


Yonex U16 National Selection #1 Results

The Yonex U16 National Selection #1 tournament was held last week at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto. In girls’ singles action, third-seeded Anna Tabunshchyk (above, right) defeated the second seed, Anastasia Malysheva (above left), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in the final. The boys’ final saw the third seed, Brayden Woo (below, right), defeat the fourth seed, Luke Laughlin, (below, left), 7–5, 6–2.

For complete U16 results, click here.


Another Green Means Go Event

at Sobeys Stadium

North York Tennis club members enjoyed an evening at Sobeys Stadium attending the OTA’s Green Means Go program. Participants had a mixture of doubles and singles play, highlighted with some instructional tips. Yonex demo racquets were available to tryout and some giveaways handed out. Special thanks to Tom for organizing the players. Encourage your community club executive to book your clubs’ date at Sobeys! Green Means Go is an OTA program designed for 50+ players. For more information on Green Means Go, click here. Contact Ely Schwartz at eschwartz@tennisontario.com to book.


NEW Wilson Blade v9 at Merchant of Tennis

 

Introducing the NEW Asics Speed Solution FF 3!

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Upcoming OTA Tournaments

Several key OTA tournaments are coming up for OTA-registered competitors. In the Adult category, Sobeys Stadium will be the site of a 5.0, 4.0 tournament between February 16 - 19. On the Junior front, Sobeys Stadium will also be the site of a combined event; U9/U10 Junior Rising Stars and U16 Transition Tour tournaments, also February 16 - 19. The NEW Kingston Racquet Centre will be hosting a Masters singles and doubles tournament March 13 – 17. The Kingson Masters age categories, for men and women, are O30, O40, O50, O60, O70 and O75.

For more information on the Sobeys Adult 4.0, 5.0, click here. Entries open Jan. 28.
For more information on the Sobeys U9/U10 Rising Stars and U16 Transition Tour events, click here. Entries open Jan. 28.
For more information on the Kingston Masters, click here. Entries open Jan. 28.

 


Special OTA 2024 NBO Ticket Offer!

 

Get your NBO Tickets for Toronto now, use the OTA promo code and save!

The OTA is pleased to offer tennis fans a special offer on tickets for the 2024 National Bank Open in Toronto and Montreal. 

In Toronto, save 50% on Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze tickets for Opening Day (Tuesday) and save 25% on Gold, Silver and Bronze tickets for Tuesday to Sunday evening sessions. Use promo code TO24OTA. To learn more and buy tickets for Toronto, click here. No discounts on Monday night finals.


OTA Club and Regional News

OTA Southwest Region Symposium

The first-ever OTA Southwest Region Tennis Symposium was held last weekend at the Cedar Springs Health, Racquet and Sports Club in Burlington. Over 80 attendees took part in the event on Saturday, including representatives from over 25 OTA-member clubs and Academies as well as Tennis professionals from the region and other guests.

The morning began with a continental breakfast and the Southwest Region AGM. This was followed by a couple of inspiring Davis and Billie Jean King Cup Team Canada videos and breakout sessions for the club leaders which resulted in lively, thought-provoking conversations about club and regional issues, possible solutions and best practices and potential plans moving forward. Thanks to Nathalie Early for framing and organizing these great discussions!

After a fine lunch catered by the Cedar Springs F & B team and a networking opportunity, the delegates were treated to several presentations from Tennis Canada staff and team members, including the following:

  • Journey to the Davis Cup (Team Canada Chiropractor, Dr. Taran Ohson)
  • Competition Services (Arun Nath, Ayesha Patel and Cameron Coulter, Tennis Canada)
  • Safe Sport (Sarah Chan, Tennis Canada)
  • Rogers First Set (Isabella Baston, Tennis Canada)

These presentations were followed by an interesting, informative and interactive panel discussion led by the OTA’s Manager of Regional Development, Andrew Chappell. The panel discussion topic was The Power of Networking, Community and Ongoing Learning. The panelists, Gary Caron (Director of Athletics, Granite Club), Aref Jallali (Tennis Canada NTC Coach) and Isabella Baston (Tennis Canada Adviser, Coaching Development and Resources), shared some fantastic insights based on their diverse experiences, providing a wrap on a very successful day! Thanks to the panel, and to the rest of the Tennis Canada team for their excellent presentations.

Thanks also to all of the attendees for supporting this first-time, and a special thanks to Southwest Regional Chair Rosemary Goodwin for her tireless efforts in organizing the symposium and to her volunteer team for their tremendous help! Well done! 


We Want Your Club and Regional News!

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.

Tell Us Why You're Great!


Tournaments - Community - Outreach -

Courses

Click the calendar above to see the live list of upcoming events


OTA Marketplace

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Mastering Doubles with Daniel Nestor!

Daniel Nestor launches new online doubles training academy!

Canadian tennis legend Daniel Nestor recently launched an online doubles training academy designed to help players maximize their potential when competing in doubles competition. The course is designed specifically for doubles players of all levels, from club players to those heading to the pros!

Daniel Nestor is widely considered one of the greatest to ever play doubles tennis. In his storied 28-year professional career, he earned an impressive record of 91 men's doubles titles, including eight Grand Slam victories, as well as an Olympic Gold Medal in 2000. Since retiring in 2018, Daniel has dedicated much of his time to teaching others the lessons he's learned throughout his career. By sharing his invaluable insights, he helps players like you elevate their doubles game at all levels!

The 41-lesson course includes over 1.5 hours of video content, covering all facets of the doubles game including, serving, returning, partnership strategy, teamwork, the mental game, tips, drills and more!

To learn more about Daniels great new online doubles training academy and to order the online course, click here.

To receive a 15% OTA discount, use promo code: OTA

Let Daniel help you to become a force to be reckoned with on the doubles court! 


A Marketplace for Everything Tennis!

Whether you’re pro advertising your coaching services, a company wanting to reach the tennis enthusiast, a club looking for new members or you just want to sell some old wooden tennis racquets – you can reach over 15,000 tennis players in Ontario each week via our weekly newsletter SPIN, with an ad in the OTA Marketplace section. Listings and pictures are only $125 per week and all we need is a horizontal image like the one above (500 pixels deep X 800 pixels wide) and a couple of paragraphs. We’ll do the rest! Need creative help? We offer creative services at a reasonable cost. For more info, email pmalcomson@tennisontario.com. Include “OTA Marketplace" in the Subject line.


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