Week of January 12, 2024

 


SW Region Tennis Symposium January 20

The Ontario Tennis Association’s (OTA) South West Region is hosting it’s first-ever Tennis Symposium at Cedar Springs Health, Racquet & Sports Club (960 Cumberland Ave, Burlington, ON L7N 3J6), on Saturday, January 20th. The South West Region of the OTA includes areas such as Fort Erie, Niagara, Welland, Hamilton, Burlington, Halton, Milton and Oakville.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is The Power of Networking, Community, and Ongoing Learning. It runs from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Speakers and guests include Gary Caron (Director of Athletics, Granite Club), Aref Jallali (Tennis Canada National Training Centre Coach) and Isabella Baston (Tennis Canada Advisor, Coaching Development and Resources)… and more!

To learn more about the Symposium guests and topics, click here

This Symposium will be of interest to players, coaches, club executives and academy owners from the South West Region and surrounding areas. Come and learn from some of the leading people in the industry and network with others who share a passion for the sport! Admission is free and includes lunch.

Limited spots available – sign up now!

For more information, or to sign up, email Andrew Chappell achappell@tennisontario.com

See you there!


ONTENNIS Instructional Series – Part 8!

Check out the eighth release of the 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.

In Part 8, “Be Your Own Spin Doctor! - Develop a Winning Mentality!", Coach Adrian talks about the importance of taking positives from a loss and the importance of not allowing negative thoughts and emotions to hold you back. Everyone makes errors in a match, but Coach Coles encourages players to learn from their mistakes; to “budget” their errors in future matches and to set aside extra time for “deliberate practice” between competitions. These important tips, if followed, are sure to make you a better competitive player!

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


Sobeys Holiday Classic #2 Results

Over seventy-five adult competitors took part in the Sobeys Holiday Classic #2 tournament over the holidays, at Sobeys Centre in Toronto. In the Women’s 5.0 final, the second-seeded Camille Gendron (above, left) defeated top seed Paula Sousa (above, right) 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (8). In men’s 5.0 action the second seed, Alex Ratz, defeated fourth-seeded Mario Bozic 3-6, 6-3, 1-0(6) in the final. In the men’s 4.0 final, top-seeded Adrian Sumarjadi defeated the number two seed Paul Ciccone6-3, 6-4. In the men’s 3.0 final twov unseeded competitors battled it out in the final with Nikola Pavlovic defeating Abhijith Sasikumar 6-0, 6-2. For complete tournament results, click here.


U9/U10 Ottawa Circuit Finale at RSC!

 

The U9/U10 Ottawa Circuit Finale and Celebrations took place at the Rideau Sports Centre (RSC) in mid-December.

Congratulations to the regional competitors who came out for the finale as well as to everyone from Ottawa-Gatineau region in the U9/U10 grouping on a successful season. The on court play portion of the finale was followed by snacks, pizza and the awards presentation. A big thank you to team RSC (especially Pierre, Rachel, Alex and Teo) and Bridge for their help in hosting the event, which was the same weekend as the U9/U10 tournament. Thanks also to the parents of the competitors for setting up and helping with refreshments, as well as for their positive feedback and support.

For final GTA U9/U10 Circuit Standings, click here.

  • The aim of the U9/U10 Circuit is to create a competitive opportunity for the more advanced U9/U10 junior tennis player with encouraging participation.
    More experienced players who have competed in at least three to five U8/U10 Rogers Rookie Tour Events (this is a recommendation as the level of this circuit is typically high).
  • Competitors who are looking to enhance their competitive experience and meet the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) competitive criteria. For more information on the U9/U10 Circuit, click here.


2023 OTA Fair Play Award Winners

 

The OTA instituted the Fair Play Award beginning April, 2023. The monthly award presented to one U9/U10 Circuit competitor, in recognition of their exemplary conduct during OTA sanctioned tournaments in the GTA and Ottawa region, It is open to boys and girls. Each month, nominees are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Exhibiting outstanding sportsmanship during matches
  • Clearly calling out the score when serving
  • Shaking their opponent’s hand after a match
  • Maintaining their composure during a match: avoiding emotional outbursts.
  • Making accurate and fair line calls
  • Exhibiting the ability to manage their scoring (avoiding scoring disputes)
  • Avoiding code violations

The recipients are awarded a Fair Play Certificate and a Cineplex gift card.

Congratulations to the 2023 recipients:

  • April: Marissa Woo – GU10
  • May: Hunter Wilkinson – GU9
  • June: Landon Cruz – BU9
  • July: Jacob Koziol – BU10
  • August: Hanna Barta – GU9
  • September: Alexandra Choe – GU10
  • October: Mathis Miao – BU9
  • November: Wilma Yue – GU10
  • December: James Middleton – BU10

To see pictures of the 2023 winners with their awards, click here


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. 

Save 50% on Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze tickets for Opening Day (Tuesday), save 25% on Gold, Silver and Blue tickets for Wednesday to Sunday day sessions, and 15% for Wednesday to Sunday night sessions. Use promo code TO24OTA. To learn more and buy tickets for Toronto, click here. No discounts on Monday night finals.


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OTA Club and Regional News

TWCO Opens New Dome!

Flooding Mitigation: New flooding mitigation measures will be in place to prevent as much water penetration in the dome as possible. New drain channels have been dug, and a new sump pump pit has been added. A new ‘skirt’ has been added to the bottom of the dome to direct water away and into these new drainage channels. Additionally, the new dome itself will be less permeable than the old dome.

TCWO’s new dome will be used by senior, adult, and youth tennis players, for tennis court bookings, instruction, programs, and tournaments year-round.  TCWO also has seven outdoor clay courts used when weather permits. 

As a not-for-profit tennis facility in Ottawa, the goal of Tennis Centre West Ottawa is to provide its members with affordable, yet high quality, tennis facilities, programs and services on a year-round basis. It is committed to doing this in a welcoming and open environment, while encouraging the promotion and development of tennis at the beginner, recreational and competitive levels.

Top picture, left to right; Kate Holzhuter, TCWO Club Manager, Chris Clarkson TCWO Facilities Director, Peter McLean TCWO Club President, Bruce Ramsay TCWO Club Secretary and Joel Diener, TCWO board member.

Pictured above – dome ribbon cutting ceremony.


Indoor Tennis Returns to Kingston!

The Kingston Racquet Centre, featuring 6 indoor courts in a state-of-the-art dome with built-in amenities, opened for business in October. The local community is extremely excited, and the Centre plans to be a tennis development hub in cooperation with the OTA; running tournaments, certification clinics, re-groupings and more. Racquets Director Tony Roth is overseeing the programs, which will be offered through the Noble Tennis School. “The creation of this incredible facility is remarkable accomplishment, made possible by the vision and leadership of Tennis Clubs of Canada, and great support from the local community and the City of Kingston.” To learn more about the Kingston Racquet Centre, click here.


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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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