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Player Of The Month

 

Name: Ethan Leong

Bio: Sixteen-year-old Ethan Leong from Ottawa is the NCTA/OTA February Player of the Month. Ethan trains at the Rideau Sports Centre. Ethan plays in U18 events and is coached by Jeremy Gibbens-Schneider. To learn more about Ethan, check out his Youtube profile here. Good Luck Ethan!

 

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Name: Ethan Leong Bio: Sixteen-year-old Ethan Leong from Ottawa is the NCTA/OTA February Player of the Month. Ethan trains at the Rideau Sports Centre. Ethan plays in U18 events and is coached by…

 
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Name: Andrej Zoranovic

Bio: The OTA/NCTA Player of the Month for January 2020 is Andrej Zoranovic Andrej is a 17-year-old player from Ottawa, who trains at the Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC) with Tony Roth, Tennis Director of Noble Tennis School. Andrej has recently filmed his college recruitment video and is currently training for upcoming OTA events!

 

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Name: Andrej Zoranovic Bio: The OTA/NCTA Player of the Month for January 2020 is Andrej Zoranovic Andrej is a 17-year-old player from Ottawa, who trains at the Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC)…

 
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Name: Alex Zhang

Bio: Check out the NCTA Player of the Month Profile for May, Alex Lungu, who qualified for 2019 Under 14 Rogers Indoor Junior Nationals and a recipient of the NCTA Junior Development Fund (JDF) financial assistance along with few other players. Congratulations, Alex! Great job and good luck for the Spring/Summer season and keep it up!

 

Alex Zhang

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Name: Alex Zhang Bio: Check out the NCTA Player of the Month Profile for May, Alex Lungu, who qualified for 2019 Under 14 Rogers Indoor Junior Nationals and a…

 
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Name: Ashvini Gopalan

Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: Ashvini started playing when she was four years old. Now aged ten, she has just won her first three-star U12 OTA tournament. Her goals for the future include playing Nationals. 

 

 

Ashvini Gopalan

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Name: Ashvini Gopalan Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand Bio: Ashvini started playing when she was four years old. Now aged ten, she has just won her first three-star U12 OTA tournament. Her goals for the future…

 
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Name: Dan Pergel

Style: Right handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: Dan started playing tennis at age 8 and quickly progressed. Now 16, he's focused on getting into a div 1 school for tennis in 2019. In July Dan placed 5th in the OTA U18 Provincial Main Draw. 

 

 

Dan Pergel

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Name: Dan Pergel Style: Right handed, two-handed backhand Bio: Dan started playing tennis at age 8 and quickly progressed. Now 16, he's focused on getting into a div 1 school for tennis in…

 
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Name: Lior Waldman

Style: Left-handed, one-handed backhand

Bio: Lior starting playing tennis in Israel and continued to play when he moved back to Canada at age 9. Currently, he is ranked 34 in Ontario for U12. 

 

 

 

 

Lior Waldman

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Name: Lior Waldman Style: Left-handed, one-handed backhand Bio: Lior starting playing tennis in Israel and continued to play when he moved back to Canada at age 9. Currently, he is ranked 34 in Ontario for U12.       

 
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Name: Filip Popadich

Style: Left handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: Filip fell in love with tennis after attending a summer camp and is now ranked 27 in Ontario. In 2020 Filip hopes to be ranked in the top 5 of Ontario and as an adult he hopes to play professionally. 

 

 

 

 

Filip Popadich

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Name: Filip Popadich Style: Left handed, two-handed backhand Bio: Filip fell in love with tennis after attending a summer camp and is now ranked 27 in Ontario. In 2020 Filip hopes to be ranked in the top 5 of Ontario and as…

 
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Name: Adrian Palframan

Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: Adrian ended 2017 ranked #1 for U9 in Ottawa and is currently ranked again #1 in 2018 for U9 in Ottawa. Playing almost all the Future Star tournaments in Ottawa, Adrian has now also started to travel to Montreal and Toronto to play tournaments. 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Palframan

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Name: Adrian Palframan Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand Bio: Adrian ended 2017 ranked #1 for U9 in Ottawa and is currently ranked again #1 in 2018 for U9 in Ottawa. Playing almost all the Future Star tournaments in Ottawa, Adrian has now also…

 
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Name: Gena Huang

Club: Ottawa Athletic Club

Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: When Gena started training in Kingston she put two mini nets together in a gymnasium in Kingston and used a ball machine. Now she travels 4 times a week to Ottawa to train. The busy schedule means she needs to be efficient with her time, finishing school work while traveling. 

 

Gena Huang

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Name: Gena Huang Club: Ottawa Athletic Club Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand Bio: When Gena started training in Kingston she put two mini nets together in a gymnasium in Kingston and used a ball machine. Now she travels 4 times a week to Ottawa…

 
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Name: Vikas Nibhanupudi

Club: Ottawa Athletic Club

Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: Following in his brother's footsteps, Vikas competes regularly in Ottawa and Toronto. Ranked in the top 10 for U12 boys in Ontario last year, he hopes to enter the top 10 of U14 boys this year. 

 

 

 

Vikas Nibhanupudi

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Name: Vikas Nibhanupudi Club: Ottawa Athletic Club Style: Right-handed, two-handed backhand Bio: Following in his brother's footsteps, Vikas competes regularly in Ottawa and Toronto. Ranked in the top 10 for U12 boys in Ontario last year, he hopes to enter the top…

 
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Name: Owen Dunn

Club: Carleton Tennis Centre/Tennis Outaouais Performance  

Style: Left handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: Owen started 2018 ranked 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada. He was invited to train with Tennis Canada’s U10 National program in Montreal and was selected as one of four boys to represent Canada at the Americas Team Games in Boca Raton Florida. He also represented Team Ontario U12 Indoor and Outdoor Nationals. 

 

 

 

Owen Dunn

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Name: Owen Dunn Club: Carleton Tennis Centre/Tennis Outaouais Performance   Style: Left handed, two-handed backhand Bio: Owen started 2018 ranked 1st in Ontario and 2nd in Canada. He was invited to train with Tennis Canada’s U10 National program in Montreal and was selected as…

 
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Name: Ariane Souligny

Club: Score Tennis Academy 

Style: Right handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: : Ariane Souligny plays with an aggressive, attacking style of play from the baseline. She is currently ranked 56 in Canada for GU14. In October she won a GU16 3-star tournament and in December she won a GU18 3-star tournament. 

 

 

 

Ariane Souligny

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Name: Ariane Souligny Club: Score Tennis Academy  Style: Right handed, two-handed backhand Bio: : Ariane Souligny plays with an aggressive, attacking style of play from the baseline. She is currently ranked 56 in Canada for GU14. In October she won a GU16 3-star tournament…

 
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Name: Carter Chew

Club: Ottawa Athletic Club 

Style: Right handed, two-handed backhand

Bio: Carter Chew is currently ranked 16 for U12. His favourite player is Rafael Nadal and his style of play is to come to the net and attack. He was a ball boy at the Davis Cup in the tie against Great Britain in 2017. 

 

 

Carter Chew

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Name: Carter Chew Club: Ottawa Athletic Club  Style: Right handed, two-handed backhand Bio: Carter Chew is currently ranked 16 for U12. His favourite player is Rafael Nadal and his style of play is to come to the net and attack. He was a ball…

 
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Name: Paul-André Leroux

Club: Ottawa Athletic Club 

Style: Right handed, one-handed backhand

Bio: Paul-André started playing tennis after finding there to be too much contact in hockey. With a goal of getting a scholarship to a university in the United States, he trains everyday and competes whenever possible.

 

 

 

 

Paul-André Leroux

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Name: Paul-André Leroux Club: Ottawa Athletic Club  Style: Right handed, one-handed backhand Bio: Paul-André started playing tennis after finding there to be too much contact in hockey. With a goal of getting a scholarship to a university in the United States, he trains everyday…

 
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Name: Corina Spasojevic

Club: Ottawa Athletic Club 

Style: Right handed; two-handed backhand

Bio: Corina is currently ranked 13 in Canada in the U16 category and is the highest ranked junior female in Ottawa. She is coached by Tony Roth and the Noble Tennis School.

 

 

 

 

Corina Spasojevic

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Name: Corina Spasojevic Club: Ottawa Athletic Club  Style: Right handed; two-handed backhand Bio: Corina is currently ranked 13 in Canada in the U16 category and is the highest ranked junior female in Ottawa. She is coached by Tony Roth and the Noble Tennis…

 
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Name: Anna-Raphaëlle Serghi

Home Town: Ottawa

Club: Carleton Tennis Centre

Style: Right handed; two-handed backhand

Bio: Anna-Raphaëlle competes regularly throughout Ontario. She is currently ranked 33 in Canada for girls singles under 12 and 33 in Canada for girls doubles under 12. Anna-Raphaëlle trains at Carleton Tennis Centre in Ottawa with coach Nick Mook Sang.

 

Anna-Raphaëlle Serghi

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Name: Anna-Raphaëlle Serghi Home Town: Ottawa Club: Carleton Tennis Centre Style: Right handed; two-handed backhand Bio: Anna-Raphaëlle competes regularly throughout Ontario. She is currently ranked 33 in Canada for girls singles under 12 and 33 in Canada for girls doubles under 12. Anna-Raphaëlle trains at…

 
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Name: Vlad Pirusca

Home Town: Ottawa

Club: Tennis Centre West Ottawa

Style: Right handed – 2 handed backhand

Bio: Vlad Pirusca competed regularly in the Future Star U10 circuit last year, winning many events. In 2017 he is competing in many U12 events and won a transition tour event in June in both the U12 and U14 categories. He trains at Tennis Centre West Ottawa with coach Geoff Pearce.

 

Vlad Pirusca

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Name: Vlad Pirusca Home Town: Ottawa Club: Tennis Centre West Ottawa Style: Right handed – 2 handed backhand Bio: Vlad Pirusca competed regularly in the Future Star U10 circuit last year, winning many events. In 2017 he is competing in many U12 events and won…

 
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Name: Henry Sanderson

Home Town: Ottawa

Club: Carleton Tennis Centre

Style: Right handed – 2 handed backhand

Bio: Henry Sanderson plays regularly in the Ottawa Future Stars circuit and recently won a U10 event at the Ottawa Athletic Club. After enjoying playing in a team tennis league format, Henry began to train regularly at the Carleton's Tennis Development Centre with coach Michael Paduch.

 

 

Henry Sanderson

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Name: Henry Sanderson Home Town: Ottawa Club: Carleton Tennis Centre Style: Right handed – 2 handed backhand Bio: Henry Sanderson plays regularly in the Ottawa Future Stars circuit and recently won a U10 event at the Ottawa Athletic Club. After enjoying playing in a team…

 
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Name: Malik Bhatnagar

Home Town: Ottawa

Club: ACE Academy

Style: Right handed – 2 handed backhand

Bio: Malik plays out of the ACE Tennis Academy in Burlington where he is coached by Pierre Lamarche. He is currently ranked #3 in Ontario in U18 singles and #5 in U18 doubles. He recently won both the U18 singles and doubles crowns at the Ontario Outdoor Junior Provincial Championships and also got to the U18 singles final at the Roman Cup in Ottawa. As well he got to the quarters of the Gus Morhart Ontario Open presented by Kunstadt Sports

Malik Bhatnagar

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Name: Malik Bhatnagar Home Town: Ottawa Club: ACE Academy Style: Right handed – 2 handed backhand Bio: Malik plays out of the ACE Tennis Academy in Burlington where he is coached by Pierre Lamarche. He is currently ranked #3 in Ontario in U18 singles…

 
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Name: Bianca Vanessa Andreescu

Home Town: Mississauga

Club: Tennis Canada NTC

Style: Right Handed (Two-handed backhand)

Bio: Bianca is in the NTC program at the Aviva Centre and is trained by Tennis Canada’s coaches. She is 15 years old and competes on the OTA and National U16 and U18 divisions. Bianca has most recently won the U18 singles and doubles national championship. Highlights of her young career include winning the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and making it to the finals of the ITF $25,000 Gatineau National Bank Challenger. She is currently ranked #1 provincially in U16 and U18 and Nationally she is #2 in U16 and #3 in U18 singles.

Bianca Vanessa Andreescu

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Name: Bianca Vanessa Andreescu Home Town: Mississauga Club: Tennis Canada NTC Style: Right Handed (Two-handed backhand) Bio: Bianca is in the NTC program at the Aviva Centre and is trained by Tennis Canada’s coaches. She is 15 years old and competes…

 
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Name: Liam Draxl

Home Town: Newmarket

Club: Newmarket Tennis Club

Style: Right Handed Two-handed backhand

Bio: Liam plays out of Newmarket Tennis Club and is coached by his father Brian and also Casey Curtis at Mayfair Parkway. He is 14 years old and competes in OTA and National U14 and U16 divisions. Liam recently completed the double double at the Ontario Junior Closed Championships, winning both the boys singles and doubles titles in U14 and U16. He is currently ranked  #1 Provincially and Nationally in U14 singles and is #6 Provincially and #15 Nationally in U16 singles. He is a member of Team Ontario.

Liam Draxl

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Name: Liam Draxl Home Town: Newmarket Club: Newmarket Tennis Club Style: Right Handed Two-handed backhand Bio: Liam plays out of Newmarket Tennis Club and is coached by his father Brian…

 
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Name: Ivan Mitric
 
Home Town: Toronto
 
Club: Ontario Racquet Club
 
Style: Right handed, 2 handed backhand
 
Bio: Ivan plays out of the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga and is coached by Gary Muller. He is 15 years old and competes in the OTA and National U16/U18 divisions. Ivan had a fantastic month in March, holding a 19-match winning streak which started on February 20th. This streak including winning the U16 and U18 National Selection events as well as the U16 Indoor Provincials and placing as a finalist in the U18 Indoor Provincials. 
 
In the U16 category, Ivan is currently ranked in the top 10 both provincially and nationally. In the U18s he is ranked in the top 10 provincially and top 20 nationally. He recently represented Team Ontario in the U16 and U18 Nationals. According to Coach Muller, “Ivan is…

Ivan Mitric

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Name: Ivan Mitric   Home Town: Toronto   Club: Ontario Racquet Club

 
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OTA Instagram Beloved Canadian tennis star Bruno Agostinelli Jr. passed away tragically in 2016 at the age of 28. His younger brother Gianluca lovingly remembers his brother in this tribute story. Gianluca tells us about Bruno’s wonderful accomplishments as a junior, college and Davis Cup star and about how he inspired the next generation as an elite coach at Tennis Canada. But, more than that, he shares what it meant to be Bruno’s brother and how he was inspired by Bruno in tennis and in life… and still is. After stepping away from the sport, Gianluca was drawn back to it as a way of coming to terms with Bruno’s passing and to feel close to him once again. Read about Bruno’s incredible legacy: http://ontennis.ca/articles/2020/StringsAttached.html

OTA Instagram NEW POD ALERT! 🎙️ In this special edition of the ONTENNIS Podcast presented by Mayfair Clubs, we speak with the OTA’s President and CEO Jim Boyce about the effects of COVID-19 on tennis in the province. Jim discusses how the tennis landscape has changed since the pandemic and what measures the OTA’s member clubs and their members will face as they attempt to re-open safely. In a dynamic, ever-changing environment, Jim talks about the OTA’s role, the clubs and academies challenges and the responsibilities and directions outlined by the various levels of government that will shape the way tennis is played as we return to the courts! To listen to this episode now, visit one of the podcast apps below 🔗: Soundcloud: http://ow.ly/BLdh50zOybL Apple Podcasts: https://cutt.ly/ZyO9oCj Stitcher: https://cutt.ly/oyO9pV6 Google Podcasts: https://cutt.ly/wyO9aFP

OTA Instagram Congrats to @mattross96 for being last week’s #playtennisathome winner and receiving a gift card from @merchanttennis 🎾 A new winner will be drawn at the end of the week...remember to tag @merchanttennis and @ontariotennisassociation and get those videos in! Good Luck! (Open to Canadian residents only) Contest details 🔗: merchantoftennis.com/pages/playing-tennis-at-home-contest

OTA Instagram Mayfair Clubs is running a fun colouring contest for you and the kids to showcase your artistic skills & relieve some stress! Five lucky winners will receive a GIANT TENNIS BALL! 🎾 Colouring sheets are created and designed by the talented Carol Gouveia @carolinnegouveia from the Mayfair Clubs marketing team. ***Go to link in @mayfairclubs bio for Contest details and downloadable colouring sheets. Contest ends May 20th. Happy colouring!🖍

OTA Instagram Merchant of Tennis (MoT), in partnership with the OTA, is kicking off its #playtennisathome video contest this week! MoT will hold a weekly contest, giving everyone a chance to use their creative skills in demonstrating how they are playing tennis during these socially distant times. Each week in May, a random winner will receive a $25 online gift card for merchantoftennis.com. MoT will also donate $100 to the winner’s local food bank. Rules: 1. Post your video on Instagram and/or Facebook tagging @merchanttennis & @ontariotennisassociation 2. Use the hashtag #playtennisathome 3. Like or follow @merchanttennis & @ontariotennisassociation on Instagram and/or Facebook A winner will be selected at the end of each week, with the video being featured in both the MoT and OTA websites at the end of May. Looking forward to watching the videos! Good luck! #tennisvideos #playtennisathome #playtennis #contest #tennisgiveaway #stayactive 🔗: https://www.merchantoftennis.com/pages/playing-tennis-at-home-contest

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OTA Instagram OTA writers @max_gao and @mcintyretennis caught up with 6 top Ontario tour and college players to find out how COVID-19 has affected their careers, and how they are keeping themselves prepared for their eventual return to the court... 🔗: http://ontennis.ca/articles/2020/OperationReboot20.html

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OTA Instagram Please be advised: effective March 14th, the OTA has suspended all scheduled tournaments and U10 - U18 regroupings until further notice. The OTA office is also officially CLOSED, however staff can still be reached via email. View the full advisory here: https://www.tennisontario.com/pages/advisory-on-covid-19