Week of February 16, 2024


2024 Tennis Symposium and Career Expo

a Wrap!

Over 150 certified pros, tennis industry executives and volunteers took part in the 2024 Tennis Symposium and Career Expo at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto on February 14th. The 2nd annual event, a TPA re-certification module, was a collaboration between the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) and the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA).

Attendees of the symposium were treated to on and off-court demonstrations and presentations from a variety of tennis industry experts, all of whom offered fantastic insights regarding coaching, fitness, event management and inclusion.

The on-court portion of the symposium kicked off with a doubles patterns clinic presented by Canadian Tennis legend Daniel Nestor and Tennis Canada High Performance Level 3 Coach Uros Budimac.

This was followed by Keynote guest Carl Maes who presented a demonstration on coaching tactical solutions for trading, defending and neutralizing during competition. Maes is well known in the international world of tennis as a coach, conference presenter, international consultant and manager/director for various tennis governing bodies. He was also the coach of WTA star Kim Clijsters.

The final on-court demo, Physical Preparations in Competition, was presented by Kristaps Petrovs. Petrovs is the Head of Sports Science and Performance at the Granite Club in Toronto. He is also a TPA Certified Coach 2 and 3 Facilitator specializing in physical development.

The off-court presentations began with Geoff Bower, the Director of Tennis at Bayview Golf & Country Club in Thornhill. Bower spoke to pros and club leaders about the importance of adding value to special events in order to enhance the member experience.

This was followed by a presentation from Ryan Schroffel, the Tennis Manager at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton. His topic, Hosting a Special Professional Event, delved into Ryans experience as the Tournament Director of the Edmonton National Bank Challenger, which was the first-ever combined professional tournament in Edmonton.

The third off-court presentation was a women’s panel discussion led by Tennis Canada’s Director of Women & Girls Advancement, Terri Temelini. The discussion centred around Women Leaders in Tennis and the importance of Professional Development, Mentorship and Networking.

The panellists were Maria Patrascu, former WTA pro and TPA Certified Club Pro 1 coach at the Granite Club, Katy Schulaeva, TPA Certified Coach 3 and Senior Tennis Professional at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, and, TPA Certified Club Pro 3 and Racquets Director at The Donalda Club, Leigh Bradwell.

The off-court presentations wrapped up with a talk from Carl Maes again who this time gave an insightful talk on the importance of motivation and leadership amongst coaches and managers in the tennis profession.

The event also provided a lunchtime network opportunity, as well as a Career Fair, which allowed OTA-member clubs and academies to promote job opportunities at their locations.

Thanks to all who attended, presented and supported the event. See you next year!

Tournaments Ramping Up as

Spring Approaches!

The OTA tournament calendar is filling in as Spring approaches. There are four tournaments being held at Sobeys Stadium over the Family Day weekend, including:

There are a total of over 200 competitors entered into these tournaments!
Check out our tournament calendar here and get involved!

OTA Outreach Team Visits Holland Bloorview

The OTA Outreach team paid another visit to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto last week to expose the kids to tennis and wheelchair tennis. Thanks to Chrisitin and Marian Flannery for organizing the event and helping to run it. It was a very successful event for both the children and their families.

To learn more about the OTA Outreach program email Ely Schwartz, eschwartz@tennisontario.com.

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Fair Play Award Recipient January 2024 –

Nuanyi Li!

The recipient of the January 2024 OTA Fair Play Award is Nuanyi Li!

Nuanyi is 9 years old and plays in the U10 Rising Stars Circuit. She plays and trains at Toronto Tennis Academy. Her favourite pro player is Leylah Annie Fernandez and all the Canadian players.

Congratulations Nuanyi!!

The Fair Play Award is an OTA program that rewards one U9/U10 Circuit competitor per month for their exemplary conduct during tournaments.

Nominees are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding sportsmanship during matches
  • Calling out the score when serving
  • Shaking your opponent’s hand after the match
  • Maintaining your composure during matches: avoid emotional outbursts.
  • Making accurate and fair line calls
  • Ability to manage your scores (avoid scoring disputes)
  • Avoiding code violations

Each month, a recipient will be awarded a Fair Play Certificate and a Cineplex gift card.

Only one individual is selected from the circuit in Ontario each month. (Includes GTA & Ottawa; U9 & U10; Boys & Girls).

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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.

Volunteer at This Year’s NBO!

Tennis Canada is looking for volunteers for this year’s National Bank Open presented by Rogers, scheduled from August 4 to 12 at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto and in Montreal at Stade IGA. Join the 2,500-member NBO volunteer team and experience one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. Apply to be a tournament volunteer or a Ballcrew member. To learn more about volunteering and to apply, 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.

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

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.

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OTA Marketplace

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's 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! 

Improve Your Game with a Silent Partner!

Showcasing a long-standing favorite – Silent Partner, the versatile portable ball machine! With over two decades of excellence, Silent Partner has been the go-to choice for tennis enthusiasts and professionals seeking the ultimate training partner. Known for its impressive ball speed, Silent Partner offers the perfect opportunity to refine your skills and up your game. Proudly Canadian! Visit www.sptennis.ca to learn more and place your order now!

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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