Week of June 21, 2024

 


OTA NBO Ticket Challenge Update!!!

OTA club members can save on National Bank Open tickets in Toronto by using their club’s special promo code. Save up to 25% on sessions of tennis. Only select seating levels available for purchase. Limited quantities available.

Ask your club executive for your club’s unique code!

The club that sells the most tickets within their bracket each week will be crowned the bracket weekly winner and will be eligible to win an array of prizes, including the ultimate prize – a National Bank Open Suite! Weekly random ticket-buyer prizes are given out too!

This week’s club prize is 2 Silver NBO Tickets for Friday, August 9th, and 1 case of Penn Pro Marathon Balls. This week’s Lucky Ticket Buyer prize is a Penn Inflatable Signature Ball, 2 OTA t-shirts, and a 4-pack of Penn Pro Marathon Balls.

To see the latest club standings, click here. Let’s see which club has the biggest NBO fans!!!!

To buy tickets using your club’s unique promo code, scan or click on the QR code embedded in your club poster, choose your session(s), select your seats, and check out. The discount will be automatically applied. Alternatively, you can call 1-877-283-6647 ext. 1 or email tickets@tenniscanada.com to purchase tickets with your club discount promo code.

Thanks to our sponsors, Tennis Canada, Penn and Nike Tennis (Mint Green Group).


Yonex U12/U16 Junior Outdoor

Provincials Start Monday!

The 2024 Yonex U12/U16 Junior Outdoor Provincials get underway next week at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC), Milton Tennis Club and Unionville Tennis Club. All finals are scheduled for Saturday, June 29 at Unionville for U16’s and UTSC for U12’s.

Qualifying for the U14’s and U18’s will be held this weekend, with main draw action commencing Monday, July 1 at UTSC and Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club and Milton Tennis Club. All U14/U18 finals are scheduled for Saturday, July 6.

There were a total of 448 entries in the 4 age categories.

Come out and watch some of Ontario’s best young players battle it out!

For U12/U16 draws, schedules and results, click here.
For U14/U18 draws, schedules and results, click here (when available).


Fair Play Award Recipient April 2024 –

Hanna Barta!

The recipient of the April 2024 OTA Fair Play Award is Hanna Barta! Tegh is 9 years old and plays in the U10 Rising Stars Circuit. Hanna trains at Advantage Tennis International (ATI). Her favourite tennis players are Carlos Alcaraz and Alex de Minaur.

Congratulations Hanna!!

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 off 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).deserved honour!


OTA North Central Region Symposium

The OTA, in partnership with the North Central Region, hosted the North Central Symposium at Villa Risi in Newmarket last weekend.

A wide range of topics were covered throughout the day, including a regional report, a harvesting session, Kid’s Tennis, World Tennis Number (WTN), the Tournament Planner software, the Club Spark management software, and other club programming.

Congratulations to the two individuals who were awarded the Bruce Childs Awards, Andrew Kokelj from Aliston Tennis Club and David Ross from Unionville Tennis Club. Thank you for all the work you have done for tennis in Ontario. For more information on the Bruce Childs Award, click here.

Thank you to North Central Regional Chair, Arun Prasad and his coworkers for planning and organizing this amazing event. As well, thank you to Nicolette and Lisa for leading the harvesting session and to Cameon Coulter from Tennis Canada for speaking about WTN, Tournament Planner, and Club Spark.

Thank you to everyone who attended; we hope you learned some valuable information! Remember to look out for information regarding President’s Day at the National Bank Open on Tuesday, August 6th.


Four More Visits for

National Bank Roadshow!

The National Bank Roadshow, featuring the Merchant of Tennis Smash Cage visited four more clubs last weekend; Banbury TC (50th Anniversary celebrations), Ancaster TC (pictured above), Bolton TC (pictured below) and Central TC.

The Roadshow will visit over 70 OTA-member clubs, schools and community events all across the province, offering up fastest serve competitions, doubles, singles and junior clinics, Yonex demo racquets, prizes, Merchant of Tennis discounts and more!

For more information on the National Bank Roadshow, contact Ely Schwartz at eschwartz@tennisontario.com.


Philpott Alumni Kickoff Event

Philpott Children’s Tennis recently held its first-ever Philpott Alumni event at its San Romanaway site, the future home of Philpott’s brand-new indoor tennis facility. The alumni program was founded as a way for former coaches and others involved can stay in touch and to build a community for life! Founding, and still current board members and legendary alumni Sharon Arnold and Eleanor O’Gorman, were in attendance.

Special thanks to Thuginthan Thurai and Catherine Eustace who were co-chairs, as well as the rest of their committee:

  • Flip Johnson (Philpott Advisory Committee)
  • Kola Ifabumuyi (Former Coach and supporter)
  • Kate Hsu (Former Coach)
  • Steve Gasner (Current Coach)
  • Edward Branga (Former Coach)
  • Richy Chee (Philpott legend… and current site supervisor)

About the Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Tennis Fund

The Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Tennis Fund was formed in 1985 by friends of Doug Philpott, who was an avid tennis player, philanthropist and supporter of tennis and, in particular, junior tennis in Canada. It is the only tennis charity in Canada dedicated exclusively to children in priority-needs neighbourhoods. Since 1991, Philpott Children’s Tennis has helped to introduce inner-city children to the game of tennis and to the valuable life lessons to be learned through the sport. Starting with a single program at John Innes (Queen and Sherbourne), over the past 20 years we have grown to 19 campsites across Toronto, serving over 8,500 children each year.

For more information on Philpott Children’s Tennis, click here. For more info on the Alumni program, contact info@philpottchildrenstennis.org.


NEW ASICS Shoes at

Merchant of Tennis

Get the latest ASICS shoes at Merchant of Tennis.
Shop now: www.merchantoftennis.com/collections/asics

MerchantOfTennis.com is open 24/7 with shipping and store pickup services available.
Store hours and updated information: www.merchantoftennis.com/pages/contact-us

Shop Gift Cards: www.merchantoftennis.com/collections/gift-cards/

Connect with Merchant of Tennis:
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Girls. Set. Match. Program

We have an opportunity for our partner clubs/academies to host a Girls Set Match event at your club/camp! 

  • Girls ONLY – recreational stream
  • Event/Tournament MUST be delivered by an ALL-female staff/team
  • Ages 10-14
  • The tournament is free of charge to all competitors
  • Includes a free pizza lunch for players
  • 32 girls per event
  • Players also receive a shirt with the GSM logo
  • All players would need to be registered on the OTA’s Tournament Planner system (free rec license)
  • The target should be the recreational stream

OTA to cover all costs

When: now to Sept 30.

A great value add for your camps!!!  If you think that you may not have the player base to fill 32 girls’ spots, feel free to partner with another club/academy.

Please contact Ely Schwartz at eschwartz@tennisontario.com if your club is interested in hosting.


Tennis Month in Canada!

The OTA, in collaboration with Tennis Canada, gears up to celebrate the inaugural Tennis Month in Canada.

The month-long celebration of tennis aims to inspire people of all ages and abilities across the country to participate in fun tennis events in their community.

Additionally, Rogers First Set – a program dedicated to introducing tennis to youth and families across Canada – will be staging "Try Events" in select areas throughout the month.

The initiative seeks to make tennis more accessible to Canadians from all walks of life. By offering accessible and supervised public activities at various locations, Tennis Canada and the PTTAs aim to reduce any barriers that prevent people from trying tennis.

Come and Celebrate!

Click here to find out more about Tennis Month in Canada and to find a Rogers First Set event near you.


OTA Partners with Tennis Canada to

Deliver Rogers First Set!

The OTA recently partnered with Tennis Canada to deliver Rogers First Set events as part of its National Bank Roadshow outreach program. Rogers First Set is a new national program designed to introduce Canadian youth to the sport of tennis. Rogers First Set is designed to inspire youth and families in communities across Canada to try tennis and learn fundamental tennis skills in a fun, welcoming, safe, and positive environment.

The OTA outreach team will be delivering the program across the province when visiting member-clubs and larger community events. First Set on-court events are already scheduled this week at Stratford TC, Central TC in Toronto and Kingston TC.

For more information on Rogers First Set, click here.


2024 OTA Summer Camp Guide!

Check out the OTA’s 2024 Summer on-line Camp Guide. There are over 60 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 2024 OTA Summer Camp Guide, click here. No login necessary.


OTA Club and Regional News

Markham TC Summer Camp – A Few Spots Left!

Join the MTC Summer Tennis Camp starting this July for an unforgettable experience on the courts! Whether you're looking to improve your game with our Regular Camp or take your skills to the next level with our High Performance Camp, we have the perfect program for you.

MTC Summer Tennis Camp (4-11 years old)

Ideal for beginners and intermediate players, our MTC Summer Tennis Camp focuses on fundamental skills, fun drills, and friendly matches. Participants will receive personalized coaching, engage in group activities, and enjoy plenty of on-court practice to enhance their technique and confidence.

MTC High Performance Summer Tennis Camp (all ages)

For advanced players aiming to compete at higher levels, our MTC High-Performance Summer Tennis Camp offers intensive training designed to elevate your game. Featuring advanced drills, strategy sessions, and match play, this camp provides the rigorous preparation needed to excel in competitive tennis.

Why Choose MTC Summer Tennis Camp?

•    Expert Coaching: Learn from our experienced and certified coaches who are dedicated to helping you achieve your best.
•    Comprehensive Programs: Tailored to meet the needs of all skill levels, ensuring every player gets the attention they need.
•    Fun and Engaging: Enjoy a balanced mix of serious training and fun activities to keep you motivated and excited.

Spaces are limited, so register now to secure your spot at the MTC Summer Tennis Camp.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, and play!

Link: Summer Tennis Camp | Markham Tennis Club

Address: 73 Wootten Way N, L3P 2Y5, Markham, ON, Canada


Rejuvenated Facility at Cutten Fields

in Guelph!

Cutten Fields is very excited to announce an extensive rejuvenation to its tennis facility. Not only has the club installed a new bubble over its four Har-Tru clay courts, but they also have new lighting and rebuilt clay courts. Cutten Fields first opened its tennis courts in 1985. The rejuvenation of the tennis facility is part of extensive upgrades to other areas of the club as well. The Club is proud to enhance the member experience by continuing to improve the club. The club is hosting an open house on June 16, from 2-4 pm. Drop in to check us out. We look forward to welcoming you. Cutten Fields is located at 190 College Street, Guelph. N1G 3B9. www.cuttenfields.com.


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

Improve Your Game with a Silent Partner!

Showcasing a long-standing favourite – 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!


Group Tennis Getaway Club Med Bahamas

Dec. 3-10, 2024

Enjoy an all-inclusive Tennis Vacation at the beautiful Club Med resort in Bahamas from December 3-10, 2024. This 20-hour tennis camp features expert instruction from coach Ivan Lauzon from Leaside Tennis Club. The trip includes airfare and transfers, Superior room accommodations, all meals, beverages and much more! For more information on the vacation, click here, and contact Rita Lee from The Travel Agent Next Door with questions and to book your trip; rlee@thetravelagentnextdoor.com, 416-816-5880. Limited spots available – book now!


Invitation to the Friendship Cup -

Let the Games Begin! - NEW INFO

NEW INFORMATION!

On behalf of the Barbados Tennis Association, it is with great excitement and pleasure that we extend this special invitation to teams from your club to participate in the Barbados Friendship Cup; our upcoming Doubles Team Tennis Festival in the beautiful island of Barbados where sun, sand and tennis enthusiasts converge for an unforgettable experience

The festival has been meticulously planned to offer a unique tennis experience combined with a blend of social activities, ensuring an all-encompassing and enjoyable event for all participants.

The event will take place at our newly expanded tennis facility at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

Event Overview

  • Team Event Dates: Monday, October 7th to Friday, October 11th, 2024
  • Location: The stunning island of Barbados
Categories
  • Senior and Open Senior - Ladies over 35 & Men over 45
  • Open - Any age group

Match Format

  • 3 matches per tie - ladies doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
  • Open Team Event: Men’s Doubles, Ladies Double’s & Mixed Doubles
  • Senior Team Event: Men’s Over 45 Doubles, Women’s Over 35 Doubles & Mixed Doubles

Format of Play

  • Round Robin
  • All teams will be placed in a group to play a round-robin format.
  • Matches will be first to 9, no ad scoring with a 7-point tiebreaker at 8 all.
  • The team that wins 2 or more matches wins the tie.
  • In the event that there is a group tie, the number of games won and lost will determine the group standings.
  • Teams may be required to play 2 matches (ties) in a day.
  • The top team from each group will enter the knock-out phase of the competition, while the other teams in the groups will play a consolation knock-out tournament.
  • Each team will play a minimum of three ties against other teams.

Times of Play

  • Sunday, October 6, 2024: Sign-in and welcome reception, 6:00pm @ the National Tennis Centre.
  • Round Robin Phase: Monday, October 7, 2024, beginning at 9am

Officials

Venue

  • National Tennis Centre, Wildey, St. Michael
  • Surface: Hard Court
  • Entry Fees: US$ 150.00/BDS $300 per team, (min. 4 to 6 players)

ENTRY DEADLINE

  • Saturday, August 31, 2024 @ 12 noon

Entries

  • All entries must be submitted using the Google Form on the Instagram page @barbadostenniscup by the entry deadline. No telephone entries will be accepted. All entries must include a valid cell number to be used as the main contact number.

Rules

  • The ITF Rules and Code of Contact applicable to the events will be in force.

Why Join Us?

  1. Passion for Tennis: Experience the thrill of doubles match play against teams from across the Caribbean, Canada, and the USA.
  2. Cultural Delights: Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Barbados through engaging social activities, delicious local cuisine, and the warmth of Bajan hospitality. Play in a breathtaking setting that combines the excitement of competition with the serenity of a Caribbean paradise.
  3. International Networking: Connect with tennis enthusiasts from around the globe, fostering friendships and creating memories that extend beyond the courts.

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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