Week of May 03, 2024

 


Ontario v. Quebec U10 Team Results

Tennis Quebec hosted the annual Ontario Quebec U10 Team Championships last weekend at Stade IGA in Montreal. The competition pitted 16 of the best U10 players from their respective provinces against each other for bragging rights and fun competition in both singles and doubles categories. This year’s event saw Team Quebec defeat Team Ontario in a close team score, 62 points to 58!

Thanks to the Team Ontario coaches, (back row, right) Andres Findlay and Isabella Baston.

For complete U10 Team results, click here.

The U12 competition takes place this weekend, again at Stade IGA in Montreal.


ITF World Masters O50/O55/O60

Team Championships

The ITF World Masters Team Championships are underway in Mexico City. The competition pits some of the best Masters competitor from around the world in Over 50/55/60 age categories. With 24 countries competing, Canada is well represented with 24 athletes, including 12 from Ontario.

For match schedules and results, click here.

For more pictures and match summaries, visit the Canadian Seniors Tennis Facebook page here.


New OTA Board!

The 2024/2025 OTA Board of Directors slate was ratified at the OTA’s recent AGM. Introducing the new board, pictured above, left to right: Peter Kusiak, Scarborough Tennis Federation Regional Chair, Arthur Wolf, Vice Chair, Player Development, Kathryn Laidlaw, Vice Chair, Membership & Regional Development, Boris Fusic, Tennis Toronto Regional Chair, Jeannette Loakman, Vice Chair, Finance & Administration, Dianne Weatherby, Chair of the Board, Nancy Loeffler-Caro, West Region Regional Chair, Robert Laham, North York Tennis Association Regional Chair, Scott Fraser, Past Chair of the Board, Scott Bartley, East Region Regional Chair and Rosemary Goodwin, South West Region Regional Chair. No chair was elected for the West Central Region. Absent: Eamonn Garry, National Capital Tennis Association Regional Chair, Arun Prasad, North Central Region Regional Chair, Kirsten Magi, Vice Chair, Marketing and Communications and Jamie Grieve, North Region Regional Chair.

Welcome to all new board members and thanks to all those retiring from the board for their service!


Wheelchair Coaching Course Held at

Sobeys Stadium

The OTA, recently partnered with Tennis Canada and the Ontario Para Network to offer a full-day Wheelchair Tennis Instructor Course at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto. Eighteen certified TPA coaches signed up to learn how to coach wheelchair athletes. Led by OTA’s Ely Schwartz, a TPA-certified Wheelchair Tennis Coach and Tennis Canada’s Kai Schrameyer, a former Wheelchair Tennis Paralympic medalist, the group tried the sport out and learned the specifics of teaching it to rec-level players and high-performance athletes.

For more information on Wheelchair Tennis Coaching, click here or contact Ely Schwartz, eschwartz@tennisontario.com.


National Bank Roadshow Kicks off

Outdoor Season!

The National Bank Roadshow, featuring the Merchant of Tennis Smash Cage, kicked of the Spring/Summer Season last weekend at Vaughan and Burlington Tennis Clubs. Members at Vaughan were able to get outside and test their serve speed in the cage, try some Yonex racquets and win some prizes! Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate at Burlington’s event, but members still had a good time with various indoor activities.

The National Bank roadshow will visit over 70 clubs and community festivals across Ontario this season, bringing fun and excitement to the tennis community


New Yonex EZONE Aqua Night

Black Series

Yonex released a new ‘Aqua Night Black’ design of the EZONE tennis racquet series in January 2024. Drawing inspiration from the night sea, the EZONE appears peaceful yet possesses a raw and intimidating power.

Ben Shelton (USA), Jessica Pegula (USA) and Linda Noskova (CZE) are among the Team Yonex stars who use the striking new design of the EZONE series, which is known for its easy power and plush feel. The black base in the ‘Aqua Night Black’ design represents the sea, the color-shifting texture from green to purple provides a refined and sophisticated look, while the splattered paintwork evokes crashing waves at night.

The EZONE 98, 100, and 100L series are available in ‘Aqua Night Black’. The EZONE is still offered in the existing Sky Blue, giving players at every level a choice of designs. Yonex athletes have been extremely successful on the ATP and WTA Tours with the EZONE series. Shelton won his first ATP title in Tokyo in 2023, Pegula reached the final of the WTA Finals in Cancun, and Noskova was nominated for the WTA Newcomer of the Year Award.

The EZONE is made with Yonex’s iconic, square-shaped ISOMETRIC™ technology, creating a sweet spot that is 7% bigger than conventional, rounded racquets. The 2G- Namd™ Speed graphite enhances ball speed and power.


Mother’s Day Gifts at

Merchant of Tennis

 

Mother’s Day is on the way! New outfits from Lija and Sofibella or a stylish bag from preneLOVE make perfect Mother’s Day gifts.

Check them out here: www.merchantoftennis.com/pages/mothers-day-guide

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:
www.instagram.com/merchanttennis/
www.facebook.com/MerchantTennis/


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.


New Community Tennis League Schedule!

Register Now for Spring Session 1 The Ontario Tennis Association in partnership with Tennis Canada, is excited to be extending the CTL program this spring in the following municipalities:

  • Kingston
  • Bay of Quinte - Hastings
  • Toronto East
  • Toronto West
  • Mississauga
  • Niagara
  • Oakville-Burlington
  • Ottawa
  • Markham-Richmond Hill
  • Vaughan

Please find the schedule for the upcoming outdoor season below.

Community Tennis Leagues (CTL) helps to connect players so they can organize friendly matches with similarly skilled players in their community

How does it work?

  • Register online and pay the registration fee ($20+tax)
  • Players are organized into a group based on their level
  • Contact info is sent to your group – players are responsible to arrange their match when and where works best for them (at your club, hub, or public court)
  • Enter your scores online and win prizes*!

*Complete 4 matches, receive a $5 Tim Hortons gift card!
**For every match you play, you’ll be entered into a draw for a chance to win 2 tickets to the NBO!

Who can play?

  • Anyone aged 18 years or older can play.
  • For beginners looking to play their first match, or advanced players looking for new competition!

We have three divisions:

  • Beginner (2.5 and below)
  • Intermediate (3.0 and 3.5)
  • Advanced (4.0 and above)

When does it start?

  • Registration is OPEN and closes on April 29
  • When registration closes, you will be placed in a group of 4-6, playing 4 or 5 matches over a month
  • 2024 Spring Session 1 runs from May 1 – June 5
  • Check out the Ontario Leagues webpage for updates on future sessions

Interested in learning more? Check out the website for more information or to register: https://www.communitytennisleagues.com/.


Fair Play Award Recipient March 2024

– Tegh Judge!

The recipient of the March 2024 OTA Fair Play Award is Tegh Judge! Tegh is 8 years old and plays in the U10 Rising Stars Circuit. Tegh trains at Concord Tennis Academy under Tessa Shapovalov. Denis Shapovalov is his favourite tennis player.

Congratulations Tegh!!

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).


$5K Ontario Open Doubles Championships

@ 10XTO

Sign up for the $5000 Ontario Open Doubles Championships being held at 10XTO at the iconic Hotel X Toronto, May 22 to 26!

Featuring Men’s and Women’s Doubles, both events promise to have very strong fields! Entries open on April 7th and draws are limited, so sign up early! Open to all players who have an active PTA license. Not currently a member? Click here to register as an OTA competitor.

Located in the heart of the Exhibition Grounds, nestled neatly at the bottom of the 30-storey Hotel X Toronto, 10XTO is an inspired athletic club offering an unmatched member experience. In a 90,000 sq. ft. architectural structure, encased in floor to ceiling glass, 10XTO was deliberately designed to bring the outside in, providing breathtaking views of downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario.

Special hotel rate for players and guests:

  • Rate is discounted by 45% of Best Available Rate
  • Rate is valid on stays fron May 22-26, 2024
  • Free cancellation by 3pm, 1 day prior to arrival
  • Booking here

With tennis, fitness, and squash at its core, 10XTO features four world-class indoor DecoTurf tennis courts with 50 ft. ceilings and unparalleled views of the surrounding city and lake, giving players the feeling of year-round outdoor play, without the elements.

For more information on 10XTO, click here.

Don’t miss out on the action, sign up here beginning April 7!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eddy Nguyen at eddy.nguyen@10xto.com.


Third Annual UTR/WTN Junior

Mixed Team Championships

A Junior DOUBLES UTR / WTN ranked event is coming to Sobeys Stadium on SATURDAY MAY 4! The Intercounty Tennis Association, Ontario Tennis Association and Tennis Canada have teamed up to present the third annual ICTA Junior Mixed Team Championships.

Learn how to register here!

  1. All matches will be UTR / WTN verified with 3 divisions of play:
    Division A1:
    4 players (2 boys, 2 girls) combined UTR ranking average of 8.0+ per player.
  2. Division A2:
    4 players (2 boys, 2 girls) combined UTR ranking average 6.5-8.0 per player.
  3. Division A3:
    4 players (2 boys, 2 girls) combined UTR ranking average 5.0-6.5 per player.

Last year was a fantastic event, with 48 juniors competing and this year promises to be even bigger and better. Congratulations to last year’s Champions and Finalists.
Pictured above, (left to right): A1 Champions: Aidan Biss-Mantziounis, Isabella Marton, Annabelle Ganescu, Michael Gutkowski, (see more photos below).

How to Register a Team:

  • Team Name (be creative): Names of 2 Boys and 2 Girls plus each player’s UTR rating.
  • Team / Individual Registration: Contact Todd Orrett at: juniors@intercountytennis.com.
  • Team Entry Fee: $160 HST (incl) which includes LUNCH.
  • Team Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 28!!!

A2 Champions: (left to right) Polina Tulupkinova, Sophie Dement, Nicolas Burton, Nikita Tulupkinov.

A3 Champions: (left to right) Luca Ambrosi, Alexandra Galanova, Mithulan Nanthakumar, Monica Chiriac.


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

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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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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.

20% off All Silent Partner Machines! 

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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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