Community Tennis Leagues Player Profiles!


Community Tennis Leagues Player Profiles!

The Ontario Tennis Association in, partnership with Tennis Canada, recently launched a pilot program in the Ontario Southwest regionCommunity Tennis Leagues.

In this week’s SPIN, we profile a few of the first players to participate in a Community Tennis League match!

Shona and Lipsica

Shona Sibbald and Lipsica Rore, above far left and left, are in the Niagara Region Beginner Division. Both have been playing tennis for about four years and this is their first experience with the singles game.

Lipsica took up tennis when she saw how much fun it was for her 9-year-old son, Varnit. She doesn’t have a lot of time for tennis at the moment but loves the sport and enjoys learning about all the various elements involved in developing and promoting it. As a starter-level player, she sees the challenges involved in gaining access to programs and activities and is hoping Community Tennis Leagues will be a catalyst to bring about many improvements in facilities and organization.

Shona Sibbald is an excellent athlete, with soccer and hockey being her main sports through high school and beyond. She considers herself “completely in love with tennis” and wishes she’d had an opportunity to learn to play at the same time as she was developing her skills for team sports. Starting later in life makes things more difficult, but Shona is really enjoying the challenge of singles matches. “With each game, I’m seeing some small improvements. It’s a great feeling of satisfaction to gain more consistency or enhance one small aspect of my game."

Cornelius and Milla

Cornelius Timothy, above far right, thinks that Community Tennis Leagues is “heaven sent” just for him. He and his wife recently relocated from Brampton to Fonthill in order to be closer to family, but he had to leave behind a long-established tennis circle. “We have a group of 7 players in Niagara Region Intermediate Division, and Andrew Angelo Muraco has taken the lead in getting us started with a group email chat.” Cornelius enjoyed his first match last week at Realty Park in St Catharines and was the guest of Milla Matsko at Niagara-on-the-Lake TC. He’s looking forward to meeting with the other players in the group, as each has a different perspective and experience.

Milla Matsko, right, has a very full schedule with two young children, renovations in their new St Catharines home, and a strong commitment to Ukrainian relief projects. She has a well-schooled tennis game and enjoys the challenge of singles competition. "The Community Tennis League is a great way to meet a variety of players and learn about where they play and how they organize themselves.” Milla’s son Jeremy, had a wonderful experience at the National Bank Open, being part of the on-court ceremony as youth-escort for a Leylah Fernandez match.

What are Community Tennis Leagues?

Community Tennis Leagues are for players looking to connect and organize friendly matches with similarly skilled players in their community. Community Tennis Leagues provides a platform for players to track their matches, scores and progress while being able to win prizes along the way. To learn more about Community Tennis Leagues and how you can get involved in Ontario’s Southwest Region, click here.

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