Week of September 1, 2023

 


New Girls. Set. Match. U12/U14 Tie-break Tournaments!

Tennis Canada in partnership with the Ontario Tennis Association and National Bank is pleased to announce the latest edition of the GIRLS. SET. MATCH. Tie-Break Tournaments for the months of September and October. The events provide girls between 10 and 14 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 will be treated to a Pizza Party and will be given a free Girls, Set, Match. sweater.

The first 3 tournaments are scheduled for next weekend and have a sign-up deadline of Friday, September 1. There are a few spots left, so sign up now!

  • Click here for St. Davids Tennis Club event in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Sept. 9.
  • Click here for The Boulevard Club event in Toronto, Sept. 9.
  • Click here for Martingrove Tennis Club event in Toronto, Sept. 10.

For a link to all posted Girls. Set. Match. Tournaments, click here.

For more information on Girls. Set. Match., click here.


Lander Open Finals at Markham TC Sunday!

The First Annual $10K Lander Open has been underway all week at Markham Tennis Club beginning Tuesday Aug 29, with the finals scheduled for Sunday Sep 3.

The fields of 51 men and 18 women have been competing for $10,000 in total prize money in two of the strongest Open singles draws of the season. The tournament had reached the semi-final stages in singles and doubles as of Friday morning. Many of the top seeds are still in the tournament!

Come out to the club and watch some great tennis at Markham TC! Visitors welcome.

For draws and results, click here.


Check Out the Latest ONTENNIS.ca Story!

New ONTENNIS Exclusive Instructional Series by Tennis Canada Coach 3 Adrian Coles – Part 5!

Check out the fifth release of the new 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.

Part 5, “Point Blank - Make Scoreboard Pressure Work for You!” Coach Adrian talks about the importance of being aware of the score at all times and the importance of narrowing your focus for the “big” points like game and breakpoints. Some matches can be won even when losing more points overall – remember, in tennis, it’s not who wins the most points, it’s who wins the last point!

Check out this story here and visit www.ONTENNIS.ca for all other ONTENNIS stories. Enjoy!


Community Tennis Network Update

Do you want to play more friendly tennis matches? Meet new playing partners at a similar level? Track your scores, progress, and even win prizes along the way?
 
The Ontario Tennis Association, in partnership with Tennis Canada, is excited to offer a NEW way to play recreational tennis in the Vaughan and Hamilton area.

Community Tennis Network (CTN) helps connect players to 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 for arranging their matches when and where works best for them (at your club, public-access indoor tennis centre or on a public court).
  • Enter your scores online and win prizes*!

        *Complete 4 matches, receive a $5 Tim Hortons gift card!
 
Who can play?

  • Anyone aged 18 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: August 25 - September 4
  • NEW Session: September 6 - October 6
  • When registration closes, you will be placed in a group of 4-6, playing 4 or 5 matches over a month 
     

Interested in learning more?

Check out our website for more information or to register. 


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Check Out the Latest ONTENNIS Podcast

with Arash Madani!

ONTENNIS Podcast presented by Merchant of Tennis caught up with Rogers Sportsnet on-air personality Arash Madani to talk all things tennis. The award-winning broadcaster has covered many sports in his illustrious career, but he has a special place in his heart for tennis, a sport he loves to play himself. The on-court host at this year’s National Bank Open presented by Rogers has some incredible stories and insights about the sport and the current crop of Canadian tennis stars. A must-listen to for any tennis fan. Check out the episode on Soundcloud here or search ONTENNIS on Apple and Spotify podcasts. Enjoy!


2nd Annual ICTA Junior

Mixed Team Championships

A UTR / WTN Ranked Event

A Junior DOUBLES UTR / WTN ranked event is coming to Sobeys Stadium on Sunday October 1! The Intercounty Tennis Association (ICTA), Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) and Tennis Canada (TC) have teamed up to present the 2nd Annual ICTA Junior Mixed Team Championships.    

All matches will be UTR / WTN verified with 2 divisions of play:

1)    Division A1 – 4 players (2 boys and 2 girls) combined UTR ranking of 30+
      (Avg 7.5 per player)
2)    Division A2 – 4 players (2 boys and 2 girls) combinedUTR ranking of 22-30
      (Avg 5.5 per player)

Last year was a fantastic event with 28 juniors competing and this year promises to be even bigger and better. 

Congratulations to last year’s Champions (pictured above, l to r), David Mengher, Ben Whitley, Anastasia Diamantopoulos and Nicoletta Diamantopoulos and Finalists (pictured below, l to r), Selene Woo, Brayden Woo, Luke Laughlin and Andrea Taylor.

How to Register a Team:

•    Click here for the online registration form
•    Fill out the form and email to juniors@intercountytennis.com
•    Team Composition: 2 Girls and 2 Boys
•    Team Entry Fee:  $120 HST included includes LUNCH
•    Monies will be refunded if the event is rained out.
•    Payment can be made via e-transfer to tcjm_orrett@rogers.com
•    Team Registration Deadline:  Sunday, September 17.

Other Information:

•    Looking for a team, contact Tournament Director at juniors@intercountytennis.com
•    ICTA/OTA will set up draws, and schedule play. Tennis Canada will track results
•    All players are GUARANTEED 3 matches
•    There will be alternating waves of Boys / Girls Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches
•    Prizes will be awarded to all players
•    A volunteer committee will be set up to help oversee the competition


Tennis Canada Distinguished Service Award

Honouree Jamie Grieve

Jamie Grieve, from Thunder Bay, Ontario was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by Tennis Canada at a Centre Court ceremony during the 2023 National Bank Open. From 1999 to 2021, Jaime served as the head pro at the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre. Prior to being the head professional, he was on the board of directors at the Thunder Bay club from 1990-1999. For over a decade, he has championed building an indoor tennis facility to accommodate Thunder Bay’s flourishing tennis community. Jamie also serves on the OTA Board of Directors as the North Region Chair. The OTA staff and board congratulates him on this much-deserved honour!


Want to Play on Red Clay? Year-round?

Join the Club

Toronto Tennis City is happy to announce that midtown's beloved tennis club will operate throughout 2024 with memberships available for the whole family. This is your chance to join in on the fun!

We offer our members top-tier programming, lessons from Tennis Canada certified coaches and outstanding customer service in a beautiful location at Yonge and Davisville in Toronto.

Secure your membership today! Contact Michael Zimmerman - E: z@acetennis.ca | P: 647-381-6464 or visit www.torontotenniscity.com for more information. 


OTA Club and Regional News

Doing it the Milton Tennis Club Way!

Looking for opportunities to stimulate community involvement in tennis? Check out how this club does it!!

Established in 1923, Milton Tennis Club turns 100 this year! Through a dedication to hard work and a passion for the game, generations of volunteers have allowed the club to flourish and provide a standard of excellence that the tennis community can be proud of. Players of all ages, levels, and backgrounds can enjoy the club, whether it is just to play for fun, or to become the best tennis player they can possibly be. Milton Tennis Club is eager to share its passion for tennis!

As well as servicing its membership for the past 100 years, the club provides tremendous support to the OTA and Tennis Canada. For 3 consecutive years, Milton Tennis Club has hosted the Under 16 Fischer Outdoor Junior National Championship. From August 16 to 23, 2023, the future of Canadian tennis was displayed in Milton with over 80 entries in singles and over 40 in doubles draw. Over the years, the club has hosted qualifying matches for OTA Team Ontario Selection tournaments and Super Series junior tennis events.

Check out the 100-year celebration of Milton Tennis Club here.

Check out more details of the U16 Fischer Outdoor Junior National Championships here. Photos courtesy of Gyles Diaz/Tennis Canada.

Welland Match Point FUNdraiser Regional Tournament!

Come out and enjoy the fun at the Welland Match Point FUNdraiser Regional Tournament, Wednesday, September 13 at the Welland Tennis Club! (rain date September 20). Registration starts at 5pm with the tournament beginning at 6pm. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Pathstone Mental Health in Welland! 

There are 10 event options available: Mens and Womens singles and doubles, Mixed doubles in both A and B divisions.

Entry fee – $5 cash per event, maximum $15 for 3 events (please bring $5.00 bills).
Partners guaranteed or bring your own. Rules: Win 1 point advance to next round, lose 1 point, retire. Winner of each event will receive 50% of the entry fee for that event.

Refreshments: Cashless bar will be open - pizza will be available for $2 per slice.

Sign up at club on the board prior to the event or email info@wellandtennisclub.com or call the club at 905-788-1066.    

OR JUST SHOW UP!!!!

Social tennis from 4:00-5:30 followed by the tournament and then social tennis until 9pm.

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