Thursday, February 26, 2015


The OTA’s mission was revised to include the phrase “tennis as part of a healthy lifestyle” a few years ago and in keeping with that emphasis we have been trying to disseminate an increasing amount of information of how tennis contributes to a healthy lifestyle both in day to day practical terms and as substantiated in medical studies.

Tennis Canada is now also promoting the health benefits of tennis through a blog by Catherine Cameron, which can be found on the Tennis Canada web site.  Here is a sample blog post by Catherine for you to enjoy.

Tennis delivers health and happiness – try it and see for yourself 
By Catherine Cameron

Are you among the hundreds of thousands of Canadians resolved to live a happier, healthier, more active life this year? Is this the year you’ll make time for more fun, spend more time with family and friends, or try something entirely new?

Just as making resolutions and setting realistic goals to achieve them is important, so too is recognizing that every day offers a fresh start – so if you’ve already broken your resolution (as most of us quickly do), don’t throw in the towel… keep going. Carpe Diem!

I recently shared 52 Reasons to be Active in 2015Many of these reasons relate to proven physical and mental health benefits. We know for example that exercise enhances heart health, can help treat depression, helps prevent osteoporosis, and even helps our kids perform better academically.

Today however, I thought I’d address more specifically, the benefits of playing tennis. I play because I love the sport, and not because I’m particularly good at it. The “game” to me and my family, is usually an hour or two of rallying… after which we usually have to hunt down a few of our balls on the far side of the fence! But in playing at our community club each spring, summer, and autumn, we’ve met people of all ages from our neighbourhood, enjoyed lessons and camps, and have eased back into a favorite activity we’d put on hold upon having kids.

Physical Health Benefits:
  • Tennis burns fat and improves cardiovascular fitness as most sports do – but tennis is considered a lifetime sport and can be easily adapted to the needs of players of all ages and abilities. Wheelchair tennis is growing in popularity; larger balls make the game easier for the game’s youngest players; and even those who are visually impaired can participate.
  • Want to tone up and build stronger muscles in your legs? Try tennis! All those starts and stops required to play, will pay off!
  • Hitting balls while running; starts and stops; and acquiring the ability to change direction quickly, will help you acquire a better sense of athletic (dynamic) balance – a predictor of overall athletic success no matter what your sport may be.
  • Tennis increases our agility as we learn to turn, move our limbs, and pivot quickly. In everyday life, improved agility can mean fewer falls, injuries, and time on the sidelines.
  • Regular tennis participation promotes whole body coordination – the ability to use our senses and body parts to perform tasks smoothly, efficiently, and accurately. View this clip of Eugenie Bouchard in action and you’ll see what we mean.
  • Tennis enhances gross motor control by engaging the larger muscle groups of the body (i.e. muscles required to get into position and to strike the ball). The next time you play, take a moment to think about the various muscles you’re engaging. Haven’t played in a while? You may be more aware of those you engaged the very next day!
  • Tennis is a fantastic way to cross train, build speed, and boost performance in other sports and activities. As a runner, tennis helps me build leg, core, and lower body strength, which I also appreciate come ski season.
  • A weight-bearing activity, tennis helps strengthens bones in younger players and helps maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis in older ones.
  • As players judge timing and distance, they improve their hand-eye coordination which results in improved reaction times and enhanced agility.
  • The bending, stretching, reaching, and maneuvering required to return the ball, can help us increase and maintain flexibility.

Psychological/Mental Health Benefits:
  • Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce and manage stress.
  • Tennis, because it’s played with a partner or as a team, is a social game. Many people have so much fun playing, that they forget they’re also exercising.
  • Regular tennis participation improves self-confidence and can lead to a more positive body image. As we improve at the game and start to see and feel our bodies growing stronger, we begin to view ourselves more favourably.
  • Exercise makes us happier! Studies show that regular physical activity gives people a more positive outlook. Beat the blues and even treat mild-to-moderate depression with exercise.
  • Tennis teaches us teamwork – an essential skill on the court playing doubles, or working with others at school, in the workplace, on teams, etc.
  • Tennis teaches us to win and lose with dignity and grace – something we all need to be able to do on and off the court.
  • Tennis embodies the values we admire most: grace, honour, sportsmanship, integrity, etc.
  • Tennis is FUN – and when something’s fun, we want to stick with it. No wonder so many Canadians enjoy tennis for life!

Tell us what tennis means to you @Tennis_Canada and @Cate_Cameron #TENNISisCANADA
Catherine Cameron
Active Living Ambassador & Senior Writer, Tennis Canada

A marketing communications professional with over twenty years of experience; a former personal trainer; and a fitness instructor for 25 years, Catherine has inspired thousands of Canadians of all ages and abilities to lead active, healthy lives. 

With a spirit of adventure and a passion for active fun, Catherine enjoys running, cycling, skiing, and playing tennis with her family. Learn more about Catherine at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Ontario women of all ages ( and a few boys) have been showing their prowess on the court in recent weeks.

Bianca Andreescu of Toronto continued her major tournament winning streak by sweeping the girls singles and doubles titles at Condor De Plata, a Grade 2 event held in La Paz, Bolivia. In the singles final, the tournament’s eleventh seed defeated Yuliana Monroy 6-0, 6-4. Andreescu also teamed up with her compatriot Isabelle Boulais to capture the doubles crown. Ontarian Jack Mingjie Lin teamed with Benjamin Sigouin to win the boys doubles title.

Check out this video of Bianca practicing at the Rexall Centre.  Bianca at Rexall

Gloria Liang from Mississauga (see photo) won her first pro title at the $10,000 ITF Event in Martinique. Liang defeated American Alexa Graham 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the final. She also partnered with fellow Canadian Rosie Johanson to reach the doubles final. Congratulations Gloria!

At Les Grandes Dames tournament held at Ballenisles in Palm Beach Jennifer Bishop of Toronto won the Over 40 singles title in a 3.5 hour marathon over fellow Canadian and Florida resident, Paula Myslivecek. These two teamed up to take the prestigious doubes title in the Over 40s.

At the same event  Sue Smylie of Orillia and Elly Leary won the Over 60 consolation doubles and Inge Weber won the Over 70 consolation singles. Inge then went on to place 3rd in over 75 singles in the Crawford Cup played in Fort Lauderdale. Congratulations also to Coby Dommasch of Welland who reached the Over 65 singles consolation finals over 65 in the Crawford Cup.

You can follow our players on Facebook at Ontario Tennis Association or on Twitter.


What do you get if you run a seniors tournament on a long weekend in February with the finals played on Monday?  A record entry of more than 180 players, that's what.

The 2nd senior ITF was played on Family Day weekend and the winners and finalists were

MS35 Brian Ahlberg, Giovanni Schiavo
MD35 Jason Lee & Omer Rashid, Steven Rumazza  & Robert Husain

MS 40 Omer Rashid, Jason Christie
MS 45  Karl Hale, Garry Nadebaum (Australia)
MD 45 Garry Nadebaum & Ken White (USA) Martin Lemay & Mike O’Neill

MS 50 Ken White (USA), Denis Dumas (QU)
MS 55 Mike Rose (USA), David Anderson
MD 55 David Anderson & Abbas Khiltash, Len Baziuk (USA) & Mike Rose (USA)

MS 60 Toby Crabel (USA), Sergey Borodulin
MS 65 Fernand Martin, Terry Redvers
MD 65 Don Snith & John Payne,Terry Redvers  & William Deluce (see photo L to R)

WS 35  Maureen Drake, Kanta Murali
WD 35 Lianne Marr & Kanta Murali, Nancy Huang & Nakyung Kim

WS 45 Erin Boynton, Julie Dybendahl (Australia)
WD 45 Erin Boynton, & Julie Dybendahl , Cathy Litton & Kathy Mueller

WS 50 Cathy Litton, Stephanie Myles
WS 55 Susanna Sekely, Michelle Karis
WD 55 Susanna Sekely & Janice Hebert, Patricia Babcock & Michelle Karis

WS 60 Susan Bye, Frances Critchley

Congratulations and good luck to the  following players from Ontario who will be representing Canada in ITF Young Senior Team competition in Turkey in March.

Jennifer Bishop (Young Cup O40), Brian Ahlberg & Cameron Cross (Italia Cup O35), Jason Christie & Robert Husain (Tony Trabert Cup  O40), Mike O’Neill (Dubler Cup O45)

Don’t forget these dates for your calendar!

Mar 18-22 Eastern Indoor Nationals - Senior Men (35 to 55), Donalda Club, and Senior Women (all ages) Toronto Lawn.
Apr 1-5 Western Indoor Nationals , Victoria, British Columbia.
Apr 8-12 Eastern Indoors Nationals Super Senior Men (60 and up), Cote de Liesse, Montreal

Aug 16 -22 Steve Stevens Senior Outdoor Nationals, Mount Royal & Cote St. Luc Tennis Clubs, Montreal. 


When you can’t get outside to play tennis, it’s a good time to get people together to raise money to help get more kids playing tennis.

One of the most popular fundraisers held each year is the Annual Ladies Invitational Tournament which has grown over the 31 years it has been held. The Toronto Cricket Club hosted this year's event and after two days of tennis the ladies dressed up for a sparkling evening of dinner with silent auction and raffles on Jan 28th. The event was formally sponsored by Swarovski, Twain Designs and Tennis Canada. This enormous success of this event depended on a large amount of volunteer effort by members of the host club.  The ladies of the Toronto Cricket organizing committee are pictured above.  They are (from left to right) 
Cathy Rober, Janet Cudney, Paula Albiani, Livia Hunter, Karen Leonard, Pauline Noteboom, Julie Rober, Sandra Cimetta, Sylvia McCord, Elizabeth Seger, Tara Quigley. Front row with hands on love ball:  Caroline Killeen, Sue Raubenheimer, Sophie Ronan, Carrie Sullivan.  Congratulations and thank you ladies!

This tournament gives many ladies who do not regularly play on competitive teams a chance to participate in a friendly but competitive event with ladies form other clubs of the same skill level. The top division teams however are often seasoned players.  In recent years the Toronto Cricket's team has won the highest level division and they defended their honour successfully this year.  Team members are pictured below from left to right:  Nicola VonSchroeter, Caroline Killeen, Laura Borza, Anke Magnus, Claudia Voicu, Sandra Cimetta, Pauline Noteboom, Patti Henderson. Missing from photo is Sophie Ronan who was busy with her organizational duties.

Jewellery kingpins Swarovski and Twain Designs brought a touch of glamour and glitter to the Ladies Invitational Gala with an exciting and exclusive jewellery fundraiser. 150 lucky ladies left the evening sporting beautiful Swarovski Emily Tennis bracelets while Cricket Club member, Judith Moses, was the winner of the dazzling Grand Prize diamond tennis bracelet donated by Twain Designs. Henry Harris won the raffle for a spectacular vacation in Jamaica.


Tennis Canada also supported a fundraiser held on Feb 21st at Lambton Golf and Country Club to support the Jane and Finch Community Tennis Association camps to be held at Rexall Centre during March break.

Pictured here are Mike Tevlin, Danielle Hughes, Jan Fox, Marisa DeFrancesco,Tamara Colbourne and Nicole Tevlin who are all obviously having a great time at the event.


World Tennis Day is coming on March 10th and the headliner for that days celebrations will be the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden (MSG) featuring Roger Federer taking on Grigor Dimitrov, and Monica Seles playing Gabriela Sabatini.

Given the deep snow and deep freeze we are experiencing we thought that maybe a little ice tennis or snow tennis would be an appropriate suggestion to celebrate World Tennis Day here in Ontario. Here are a few items on the topic as food for thought.

At St. James Tennis Club in Ottawa they have had a public skating rink built on top of their courts for the last two winters. John Wins-Purdy, the OTA’s regional coordinator in Ottawa was instrumental in bringing this about and he located a custom made liner for the rink which protects the courts. Although the primary motivation for doing this was to provide the local community with a replacement for the public rink that was lost, the venture has created a great sense of cooperation between the tennis club and the local community. Last winter they held a rink party with tennis on ice, curling, hockey, figure skating and various skating and shooting competitions (with help from the local police and their radar gun!). You can check out the live action at St. James Club as they have a rink cam at

Ice tennis was played first in the 1930s as shown in this video but has never really caught on as a regular pursuit.

Our friends in Manitoba played tennis on World Tennis Day last year. You can check out their video of tennis in the snow at

No matter whether you choose to celebrate World tennis day indoors or outdoors or not at all remember that playing tennis makes every day better.