Week of October 13, 2023


ICTA Finals at Sobeys Stadium

On Saturday, September 30th teams from across the GTA competed in the ICTA Championships at Sobeys Stadium, home of the National Bank Open. Over 85 matches were played in our four leagues: Mixed, Ladies, +55 and Juniors. We were pleased to welcome back the Ladies C Level after a hiatus from the ICTA. 

Fans and players were treated to some incredible tennis, amazing fall weather and some awesome food, barbequed by fantastic ICTA Board members.

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated; we hope you had a fantastic tournament.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this Championship so successful.
Please visit “Playoff Brackets – Intercounty Tennis Association“ for all the results.

Junior Tennis at Sobeys Stadium!!!

What an exciting weekend of Junior Tennis at Sobeys Stadium on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1! On Saturday, September 30, the ICTA Junior League played its Championships in the 4 bubbled courts. To say the atmosphere was electric would be an understatement!

Congratulations to ICTA Junior League CHAMPIONS:

1) Halton Hills - All Stars (U14/U18) Division.
2) Cricket Club - SuperStars (U12) Division.

Also on Saturday, September 30, the Tennis ROCKS championships were held on Centre Court at Sobeys Stadium. It was an amazing experience for the juniors to play on Centre Court where the National Bank Open was played just 6 weeks ago and for family/friends to cheer in the stadium.

Congratulations to the Tennis ROCKS CHAMPIONS:

1) North York - All Stars (U14/U18) Division.
2) Unionville - SuperStars (U12) Division.

On Sunday October 1, the 2nd Annual ICTA Junior Mixed Team Championships was held. 12 teams (48 juniors) played in this one day event. The team atmosphere was unique and so much fun for everyone. The competition, sportsmanship and level of tennis shown was incredible!

Congratulations to the ICTA Junior Mixed Team CHAMPIONS:

1) Fearsome4 - Aidan Biss-Mantziounis, Isabella Marton, Annabelle Ganescu, Michael Gutkowski (pictured above, left to right).
2) Fast & Furious - Polina Tulupkinova, Sophie Dement, Nicolas Burton, Nikita Tulupkinov (pictured below, left to right).
3) TFCO - Luca Ambrosi, Mithulan Nanthakumar, Alexandra Galanova and Monica Chiriac (pictured 2nd picture below, left to right).

Many thanks to all the volunteers, Ontario Tennis Association and Tennis Canada for their support! For more information about the ICTA Junior League, Tennis ROCKS or the ICTA Junior Mixed Team Championships, please contact Todd Orrett at juniors@intercountytennis.com.

U of T Wins Men’s and Women’s

OUA Championships!

The University of Toronto Blues were victorious last weekend at the 2023-2024 OUA Team Tennis Championships, held at Mayfair Clubs’ East location in Markham.
In women’s final action, the Blues defeated Waterloo University five matches to four. McMaster University took home the bronze medal, defeating Western University seven matches to two.
In the men’s team final, the Blues defeated Western University five matches to three. Waterloo University defeated York University six matches to three in the bronze medal tie.
For complete tournament results, click here. Congratulations to the U of T teams!

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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Bruce Childs Award Recipient

Lorraine Eaglesham

This year the Bruce Childs award at Unionville Tennis club was awarded to club member Lorraine Eaglesham, pictured above with OTA Regional chair- North Central, Arun Prasad. Lorraine has been a key volunteer at UTC for over 30 years. Congratulations Lorraine!

Bruce Childs was a volunteer at a Toronto community tennis club years ago. As a tribute to his hard work at his tennis club in a volunteer role, one of the OTA’s former Board members felt it would be an appropriate and well-deserved tribute to name a club award in his honour. The award was established to recognize an executive member or dedicated club volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her community tennis club for an extended period.

If you are an OTA-member club executive and want more information on the Bruce Childs Award, contact Andrew Chappell, achappell@tennisontario.com.

Girls. Set. Match. at Sobeys Stadium

Sobeys Stadium in Toronto was the host venue recently for the latest Girls-Set-Match event. 23 players between the ages of 10 and 16 participated in 2 categories, recreational and competitive.

Girls. Set. Match. tournaments, initiated by Tennis Canada in partnership with the Ontario Tennis Association and National Bank, provide girls between 10 and 16 years of age with a unique opportunity to compete in a fun, short-format tournament that is removed from the pressure of regular competition. As well as playing in the tournament, the participants were treated to a Pizza Party, and they are given a free Girls. Set. Match. sweater. For more information on Girls. Set. Match., click here.

Photograph courtesy of Yvonne Dong.

Register for UTR Flex Leagues Session 8 in

Toronto and Ottawa

Session 8 of the UTR Flex Leagues in Toronto and Ottawa kick off on October 17. The entry deadline is October 16. The five-week session ends November 20.

UT Flex Leagues

There are active Flex Leagues in over 65 cities in the US and Europe. Players wishing to join a local Flex League, including the OTA Flex Leagues, can do so by becoming a FREE Universal Tennis member and registering to play four matches with players at their level. Leagues are five weeks long. Level-based play ensures competitive matches and players choose when and where they play, working around their own schedule.

All Ontario Flex League matches count toward a player's Verified UTR – a great added value for all competitors.

The UTR Rating Index

Flex Leagues match results contribute towards a player’s Verified Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), an index intended to be a reliable and accurate rating of a players tennis skill. UTR rates all players - men, women, and children - on a single 16-point scale (with two decimal places, e.g., 11.29), that works for players globally, regardless of their skill level; from beginners to top professional competitors. The UTR's algorithm calculates a player’s rating from their last 30 eligible matches that have been played within the preceding 12 months. The main data points are the percentage of games won (not simply the won/lost result), and the opponent’s rating. Each match played generates a rating; a player’s UTR is a weighted average of all eligible matches.

The UTR rating is the world’s most accurate rating platform. Universal Tennis began the system over 15 years ago and today there are over 800,000 players worldwide with a UTR rating! Players are measured on the same rating scale as touring pros like Novak Djokovic (UTR 16.19), Leylah Fernandez (UTR 12.82), Denis Shapovalov (UTR 15.58) and Simona Halep (UTR 13.21), as well as thousands of US college athletes and hundreds of thousands of recreational players!
UTR uses a single scale, for both male and female players, that embraces athletes of any age. It is a common yardstick that makes it easy to mix genders and age groups for close, enjoyable matches.

How do you rate? Now, it’s your turn to get counted!

Become a FREE Universal Tennis Member here.

To find out more about the OTA Flex Leagues or to register as a competitor for the Toronto Flex League or the Ottawa Flex League, visit OTA Flex Leagues here. Be sure to understand and create your Universal Tennis profile if you have not already done so - you won't be able to access the league registration without one!

Players can also register as a player by scanning the QR code below:

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Tennis Canada Honours

Routliffe and Dabrowski at Sobeys Stadium!

Tennis Canada recently erected a banner on the wall of Sobeys Stadium congratulating Erin Routliffe and Gabriela Dabrowski on their US Open Women’s Doubles title! Dabrowski, from Ottawa adds this title to her two Mixed Doubles Majors crowns! For Routliffe, who was born in New Zealand and moved to Caledon, Ontario as a youngster, the US Open victory is her first doubles major title. Although currently representing New Zealand, Routliffe has strong Canadian roots and currently calls Montreal her home when she is not travelling. Both players played numerous OTA junior tournaments as juniors. Thanks to Tennis Canada for including the OTA logo on the banner, recognizing the contribution the OTA tournament system had in helping to develop these two great players!

OTA Club and Regional News

Unionville TC Shines at ICTA Championships and

Tennis Rocks

Unionville Tennis Club (UTC) has had an impressive year, with its junior teams showcasing their skills and dedication at the ICTA Championships and the Tennis Rocks event. The club's achievements have not gone unnoticed, and we are thrilled to congratulate Unionville on their stellar performance.

At the Tennis Rocks event, the UTC champions truly rocked the court with their outstanding play. The team members (pictured above) include:

  • Jeffrey Feng
  • Damian Smith
  • Aaron Zhu
  • Oscar Sounitsky
  • Nolan Shi
  • Derek You

Their hard work, determination, and sportsmanship shone through as they emerged victorious, earning well-deserved accolades.

The ICTA Championship also saw the UTC Super Stars put on a remarkable performance, ultimately becoming finalists in a hard-fought competition. The team members (pictured below) include:

  • Alexis Lynn
  • Emily Lynn
  • Jeffrey Feng
  • Tyler Chow
  • Nolan Shi

These young athletes demonstrated exceptional talent and teamwork, proving themselves as forces to be reckoned with on the court.

Additionally, the ICTA Junior Mixed Championship (UTR/WTN verified event) C Division saw the UTC team secure 2nd place, a significant achievement for the youngest team of the entire event, with an average age of approximately 12 years old. The team members (2nd picture below) included:

  • Helena Chialtas
  • Taylor Marsella
  • Damian Smith
  • Oscar Sounitsky

We commend these young players for their dedication and impressive performances, showcasing a promising future for the club.

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