Week of March 22, 2024

 


Yonex U14/U18 Junior Indoor

Provincials Results!

The Yonex U14/U18 Junior Indoor Provincials tournament wrapped last weekend at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto. The Girls U14 singles final was won by the second seed, Noelle Dai. She defeated unseeded Maria Youssef, 6-4, 6-4. In the U14 Boys singles final, unseeded Matias Moreno defeated third-seeded Julian Mahdavi, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

In U18 girls’ singles action, unseeded Tina She defeated second-seeded Katherine Zhang, 6-1, 7-5. The boys’ final saw fifth-seeded Sava Uncianschi defeat the number eight seed, Lucas Mock, 6-3, 6-3.

For complete U14 and U18 results, click here.

Pictured above, U14 Boy’s and Girl’s 1st to 6th place finishers in singles. To view more pictures of the championships, check them out here.

Photo courtesy of Al Knight.


Team Canada Takes Home

Gold and Silver at World Team Masters!

The ITF World Masters Team Competition for the O65 to O85 categories wrapped up last week in Turkey with Team Canada claiming a Gold and Silver medal! The team, which included several players from Ontario, was represented in 8 of the 10 age-group categories.

In the O75 age category, the men’s Canadian team took gold, defeating Team Italy 3-0 in the final. The winners, pictured above, left to right, were Joe Forrayi (Alberta), Tim Griffin (Ontario) and Chris Burr (Ontario).

In the O70 age category, the men’s Canadian team took silver, losing to Team France 2-1 in the final. The winners, pictured above, left to right, Darryl Howes-Jones (Ontario), Keith Porter (British Columbia) and Brian Millar (Ontario).

For complete Team Event tournament results, click here.

The World Masters Individual Championships O65 to O90 continue this week in Turkey. Canadian athletes are entered in various age divisions. For draws and results, click here.

Congratulations to all Team Canada competitors!

For a Tennis Canada wrap of the event, click here.

Photos courtesy of Tennis Canada.


ONTENNIS Instructional Series

 – Part 10!

Check out the tenth 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 9, “Break Up Without Tears! Return Serve with Confidence!", Coach Adrian provides some great tips on how to improve your return of serve. A lot of players spend many hours working on their serve but very few dedicate enough time to improve their service returns. Unfortunately, without a good return, it becomes difficult to break an opponent’s serve and without a break, even in a tie-break, you cannot win a match. Practicing and employing some of Coach Adrian’s strategies will help you get over the hump.

To read Break Up Without Tears! Return Serve with Confidence! - click here. For all ONTENNIS.ca stories, click here. Enjoy!


The OTA Thanks Donna Wood (nee Singer)

for Her Legacy Gift

Donna relocated from Montreal to Burlington in 1993, where she soon became a very active member of the Burlington Tennis Club executive, including terms as vice president and president. Her 33 years as a flight attendant also made her a valuable volunteer at the Canadian Open (now the NBO, then the duMaurier Open). She was a thorough and orderly record-keeper, and we’re grateful to Tony Legault for passing along her archival material related to the club and the region.

Donna was a keen student of the game, making detailed notes about techniques learned in clinics as well as about her performance in matches. She’s described as “introspective, thoughtful, observant”, and also as “the little engine that could”. She was a lifelong learner in every way, passionate about books and gardening and about animal rescue as well as tennis.

In 2012, Donna experienced a medical emergency which led to a series of extreme health challenges. She persevered and continued to play tennis, primarily during winters in Arizona. In 2018, she was added to the waitlist for a liver transplant and became an outspoken advocate for organ donation..

Donna truly lived every hour of every day through to the end. She died at the age of 65 on December 18, 2021. Her legacy gift to the OTA reminds us of the power of passion, determination and perseverance… qualities she exemplified in every way. She wanted to pay forward to make her world a better place.

The staff and board of the Ontario Tennis Association are deeply grateful and honored by the donation bestowed upon the organization by Donna.

Pictured below, Mr. Tony Legault (centre), presenting the legacy gift from the estate of Donna Wood (nee Singer) to OTA Director of Finance & Administration, Rimzy Kuthubdeen (left) and OTA President and CEO, Richard Mainella (right).


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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


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

WTN Matchplay in the Niagara Region!

Finding ways to create connections among players of similar interests is the never-ending tennis challenge. During the winter, doing so is especially difficult for those who enjoy Singles. Compatible players are more difficult to find, as is court time.
A small nucleus of players from throughout Niagara set out to remedy that, with help from Doug Carter at the Niagara Academy of Tennis in Vineland. The 8 players shown here, along with 4 more, combined forces to book four courts for 90 minutes each Saturday for 9 weeks. All made new friends as well as improving their games.
Special feature of the enterprise is that each player registered on the OTA system for a World Tennis Number identification. Scores from the round robin have been entered and the players have a start at building a realistic WTN rating. The plan is to continue by including additional players for the spring outdoor season.


Niagara Region Tennis Network Results

Under the banner of the Niagara Region Tennis Network, the Winter Team Tennis Doubles League has been completed. Eight teams compete across four courts at Youngs Sportsplex in Welland, with four rounds of play running from 12:00 to 6:00 each Sunday afternoon. This is the 10th edition of the series, started by Munzil and Tan Qureshi (above centre, l to r) to bring players back together after the pandemic.

The Green Hawks defeated the Silver Wolves by the slimmest of margins, with the matches split 2-2 and the outcome determined by number-of-sets won. It was a similar story for 3rd/4th place as well. The league prides itself on balanced play on each court each week.

Registration for the Spring series is now complete, and play begins on March 24.


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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 pmalcomson@tennisontario.com.

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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!

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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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