Week of May 17, 2024

 


Sobeys Mens & Women’s 4.0, 5.0 Results

The latest Sobeys Men’s and Women’s 4.0 and 5.0 (WTN 20+) Adult tournaments wrapped up last weekend at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto.

In the Women’s 5.0 singles box play action Kasia Poplawski (above, right) finished first and Patricia Babcock (above, left) finished second.

In the Women’s 4.0 singles final, second-seeded Meg Takazato defeated the top seed, Charlotte De Heinrich, 6-0, 6-1.

In the Men’s 5.0 singles final, unseeded Rudra Bhatt (above, right) upset the second seed, Alex Siuda (above, right), 6-1, 6-0.

In the Men’s 4.0 singles final, unseeded Ashok Thandrasisla defeated the third seed, Paul Ciccone, 6-1, 6-2.

For complete tournament results, click here.


National Bank Roadshow visits

Ottawa Tulip Festival!

The National Bank Roadshow featuring the Merchant of Tennis Smash Cage paid a visit to the Tulip Festival last weekend in Ottawa. It was a great turnout, with so many kids, parents, students, and families enjoying the spring season. It was great to be part of this fabulous annual event! Thanks to everyone who gave the Smash Cage a shot, tried tennis for the first time and enjoyed it! Thank you to Tulip festival organizers, David, Craig Coleman and the team for facilitating this and adding the NB Roadshow to the list of exhibitors. The Roadshow was there to promote tennis to the community and encourage growth and participation in the sport, The fun also included swag, prizes, stickers, giant racquets and more! Shout out to Yonex’s Ted Thompson and assistant rep Joel Scully, who is also a U of O co-president, for doing a great job with demo racquets and helping to run the cage, helping to build the future tennis players and giving them a first-time fun and positive experience!


Mono Tennis Club New Court Opening

May 26!

You’re invited! Join the Town of Mono and Mono Tennis Club members on May 26 at 2 pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the club’s 2 new wheelchair accessible tennis courts at Mono Centre Park, 754483 Mono Centre Road, Mono.

As part of the Grand Opening, Mono Tennis Club in association with Tennis Canada will be hosting an of wheelchair tennis exhibition match! All are welcome!


OTA Continues Work with

Holland Bloorview

The OTA continues its relationship with the Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, bringing the joy of playing tennis to children with special needs, The OTA believes in the importance of inclusiveness and accessibility for our sport, especially for kids and youth with disabilities. We applaud the work of Holland Bloorview and other organizations like them and thank them for inviting the OTA to their locations to give us the opportunity to brighten a child’s day through tennis. For more information on outreach programs like this, contact Ely Schwartz, at eschwartz@tennisontario.com.


New Community Tennis League Schedule!

Spring Session 1 Registration closed, register for Session 2 & 3

The Ontario Tennis Association in partnership with Tennis Canada, is excited to be extending the CTL program this spring in the following municipalities:

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/.


National Bank Roadshow

Rolls On!

The National Bank Roadshow, featuring the Merchant of Tennis Smash Cage, continued its travel this Spring/Summer Season last weekend with stops at Milton and North Bendale Tennis Clubs. Members at Milton were able to get outside and test their serve speed in the cage, try some Yonex racquets (including a really big one!) and win some prizes!

It was the North Bendale club opening day last weekend. Members enjoyed seeing how fast and accurate they could serve. Played for prizes and had a great time despite weather issues.

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


Introducing Yonex

POLYTOUR STRIKE String!

Yonex designs and engineers their strings in their own facilities in Japan. They are dissected down to the tenth of a millimetre to ensure perfection in every single polyester string produced.

This relentless attention to detail, combined with complete control of the manufacturing process, allows Yonex to deliver premium strings with unrivaled consistency.
From power to precision and from spin to comfort, top-ranked players have found enormous success with Yonex strings. In fact, as of February 2023, 18% of the top 200 men and women on tour play with Yonex strings.

Today, we’d like to introduce one of their strings, POLYTOUR STRIKE. It’s a strong, durable string for players with medium-to-fast swing speeds who want long-lasting tension maintenance.

To learn more about POLYTOUR STRIKE Strings, click here.


ON SHOES @

MERCHANT OF TENNIS

On THE ROGER Clubhouse Pro and Advantage! Comfortable and stylish tennis shoes with influence from one of the greatest.

Check them out here: http://www.merchantoftennis.com/collections/on/footwear

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.


OTA Club and Regional News

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

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OTA Marketplace

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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