On Saturday July 18th the grass court at Hillary House in Aurora was graced by two very special players at their event to celebrate the Pan Am games. Bob Bedard who won a silver medal in the 1959 Chicago games in men’s singles (see player in photo left) and Gabriela Dabrowski (see player right), who had just won a silver medal in mixed doubles and a gold medal in women’s doubles, showed off their tennis prowess in an exhibition match on the recently restored grass court.
Ontario Tennis took the opportunity to interview Gaby and produced this video of the interview celebrating her appearance at the Pan Am games and this community event. As Gaby learnt to play tennis on public courts near her home in Ottawa, she is a great believer in and supporter of community tennis.
The Aurora Historical Society special exhibit entitled Tennis In Canada: From Early Beginnings to Global Success. This exhibit includes equipment used by the Hillary family that was found in the house. The Aurora Community Tennis Club was started at the Hillary House courts. The Hillary House museum and the special exhibit are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and will be open through September. For more information go to www.aurorahs.com .