Week of July 21, 2023
Mboko Defends Title in Saskatoon!
Vicky Mboko (Burlington) successfully defended her singles title at the Saskatoon ITF W60 women’s tournament last week. The unseeded Mboko defeated the third seed Emina Betkas from the US, 6-4, 6-4, in the final. In all, Mboko defeated three-seeded players en route to the title.
The win catapulted the 16-year-old up 146 places on the WTA world rankings to a career-high of 331! She has the fourth-highest singles world ranking for 16-year-olds.
For complete Saskatoon results, click here.
Image courtesy of Tennis Canada.
Show Your Support for Dale Power!
Canadian Tennis Champion and Davis Cup Veteran Dale Power Needs Our Support.
On June 7, 2023, Toronto-born Dale Power made a hesitant trip to Sunnybrook Hospital to check out a few concerning symptoms. He's still there, over 6 weeks later. Diagnosed with bladder cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), Dale has a long road ahead to recovery.
Dale Power was a pioneer of Canadian tennis. He holds the distinction of playing the most games in a single set, 46, in Davis Cup history. Claimed in 1976 at the Rockland Tennis Centre in Montreal, Power won the match 6-4, 22-24, 2-6, 6-3, 7- 5 against Colombian Álvaro Betancourt after a five-and-a-half-hour marathon that ended at 2:30 a.m. in the morning. It was Power's first singles match. He had made his Davis Cup debut in doubles just four years earlier, representing Canada a total of seven times in Davis Cup competition.
Dale was a top-ranked player in Canada for 12 years, winning the Canadian Closed Championship for singles 7 times. His highest singles ranking was No.1 in Canada and No. 210 in the world, achieved in June 1976. In August 2006, Power was inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame.
Dale was also a skilled hockey player. In 1969, he was drafted by the Montreal Canadians after playing OHL for the St. Catherine Blackhawks and the Peterborough Petes. He quit hockey for four years to accept a tennis scholarship at Oklahoma City University but then returned to play for the Fort Wayne Komets in 1974-75 where he led the team in scoring 29 goals and 78 pts, an outstanding accomplishment after not touching the ice for such a stretch. In 1975 Dale decided to return to tennis and, as they say, the rest is history.
"Tennis introduced me to the world", says Power. "The Davis Cup was where I really thrived. I'm grateful for the adventures, the excitement of such a dynamic career, and the support of so many wonderful people along the way."
Just weeks before entering Sunnybrook Hospital, 73-year-old Dale was teaching tennis up to 6 hours a day as a tennis pro at the Granite Club in Toronto. His astonishing energy was driven by his love of the game and for sharing it with others. Throughout nearly 40 years of coaching, Dale has inspired thousands of players of all ages and skill levels from around the world. A well-known fact about independent tennis instructors is that they do not have the luxury of health benefits or a pension plan. When the net falls, the cash flow stops which is why Dale's daughter Sarah Power and good friend Todd Littlefield have launched a fundraising campaign to call all upon the tennis community to rally for Dale in recognition of his honourable contribution to Canadian tennis. Let's help Dale get over the net, through his recovery, and into a much-deserved retirement.
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New ONTENNIS Exclusive Instructional Series by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles – Part 2!
Check out the second 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 competitive 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 2, “Do You Play Better in Practice Than in a Match?”, takes you through some tips and strategies that you can use when practicing and in an actual match, that will help you compete better when the pressure is on!
$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
For more information and to sign up, click here.
Two Circuit Ontario OPEN 1000 Tournaments!
There are 2 “can’t miss” Circuit Ontario Open 1000 tournaments on the calendar in late July and early August. Both tournaments boast great prize money and great host venues!
$12,000 Mascarin Collision Mid Canada Open 1000, July 28-30
This Men’s 1000 tournament is presented by the OTA and Tennis Canada. It will be held at the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre and will include men’s singles and doubles draws. The acceptance level will be UTR 10 and higher and the National Bank Open Ranking will be considered. The surface is hard and accommodation can be arranged. The total prize money is $12K.
To learn more about the tournament and to enter, click here.
The new entry deadline is Monday, July 24 at noon. Contact the OTA directly at email@example.com to enter.
$8,000 Yonex CIRCUIT ONTARIO OPEN 1000, August 4-7
This Men’s and Women’s “Ontario Open” 1000 tournament is presented by the OTA and Tennis Canada. It will be held at the Rideau Sports Centre in Ottawa and will include men’s and women’s singles and doubles draw. The surface is clay. The total prize money is $8K.
To learn more about the tournament and to enter, click here.
The entry deadline is Sunday, July 23.
Enter Now! Why not turn it into a mini-vacay?
Merchant of Tennis Warehouse Tent Sale
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Community Tennis Network Session 2
Community Tennis Network 101: Who, What, Where, Why and How?
The Community Tennis Network has arrived in Canada, and you’ll be able to experience it right here in Ontario! You might be wondering, “What is a Community Tennis Network and why should I care?” The answer is simple: it will revolutionize recreational tennis for players across Canada.
Here’s everything you need to know:
What is a Community Tennis Network?
The main goal of Community Tennis Network is to provide a platform to allow players to connect with others to organize matches at their local courts.
The idea is simple: you can play anytime, anywhere, and most importantly against players of a similar skill level. You can track your tennis journey on our online platform, where your matches and scores help us pair you with the right playing partners in your community!
How will my progress be tracked?
After your first few registered matches, your ITF World Tennis Number (WTN) will be automatically generated. The WTN is a global initiative led by the ITF with the goal of bringing the international tennis community together. With the help of a global rating scale, your WTN will be updated weekly based on your results, allowing you to pair up with the perfect playing partners.
By making sure that you’re playing consistently and against players of similar skill levels, your game will be taken to new heights.
Why do we need the Community Tennis Network?
One of the biggest issues recreational tennis players face across Canada is simple: a lack of playing opportunities. It can be tough to find friends or family willing to play tennis regularly, let alone finding players at a similar skill level who can provide quality match play.
Community Tennis Network will help bridge that gap. By connecting players based on their skill level (WTN) and location, CTN will help make tennis more accessible and enjoyable to Canadians across the country as we continue to grow the sport.
Where can I find Community Tennis Networks?
Currently, Community Tennis Networks are available in municipalities across British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec and will soon be available in municipalities across the country!
Who can participate in Community Tennis Networks?
Community Tennis Networks are open to anyone 18 plus who has created a free recreational account on our platform. Registration is easy and can be completed by visiting our website here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets with your discount promo code.
2023 OTA Summer Camp Guide!
Check out the OTA’s 2023 Summer online Camp Guide. There are over 40 camp listings from OTA clubs and academies across Ontario. Camps range from intro to tennis options for beginners, right up to tournament training boot camps, with many offering full and/or half-day options. Get your child enrolled in an OTA club camp or academy now, before they are sold out! To view the 2023 OTA Summer Camp Guide, click here. No login necessary.
OTA Club and Regional News
Premier Racquet Club High-Performance Program
Premier Racquet Club in Markham is looking forward to another indoor season of great success from their high-level junior players. The junior high-performance head coach Bogdan Grygorenko believes that success in tennis is a result of surrounding an athlete with a strong team that can outline an ideal path for each player. A team that has a clear vision of a player's game at every stage of development is critical. Once that vision is set it’s all about creating an environment to accomplish that goal.
He states, "I am very confident that the team and environment at PRC Markham can develop top national and international level players. I believe this approach applies to tennis and all other aspects of life, where lessons learned on the court play a huge role in the overall development of a person".
For more information about Premier Racquet Club in Markham, email Bogdan Grygorenko; email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Whether you’re pro advertising your services, a company wanting to reach the tennis enthusiast, or you just want to sell some old wooden tennis racquets –you can reach over 15,000 tennis players in Ontario each week with an ad in OTA Marketplace. Listings and pictures are only $100 per week and all we need is a horizontal image like the one above and a couple of paragraphs. We’ll do the rest! For more info, email email@example.com.