Wednesday, April 13, 2016


The Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Tennis Association was held at Aviva Centre, Toronto on Saturday April 9th. More than hundred representatives of over 50 clubs were present for the meeting.  In 2015 the OTA had excellent results in several areas. Rob Nicholls, VP, Finance & Administration, showed how each source of revenue had grown at roughly the same rate over the past 5 years and expenditures in all program areas had grown proportionally. The association had ended the year almost break even but with a small positive net balance of income over expenses.
Ontario junior players had captured most of the outdoor national championship titles and two Ontario junior players, Bianca Andreescu (age 15, ITF junior rank #3) and Denis Shapovalov (age 16) are producing incredible results internationally for their age in the world junior and for Denis, in the ATP rankings. See separate article on Denis’ recent successes.
Jim Boyce outlined a new program launched in 2015, the Freedom 50 program, coordinated by Rick Bertozzi, to encourage mature adults to take up or return to tennis.  Rick is looking to connect interested seniors in all clubs as ambassadors for the sport and t work cooperatively with these ambassadors to boost participation in this demographic. Jim also updated the group on other key tennis promotional projects and on the work of a committee set up to develop an OTA training centre.  With the increased interest in tennis, the Aviva centre reaching capacity and with the prospect that the number of commercially operated tennis facilities is unlikely to grow, the OTA is looking at developing an indoor tennis facility which can be used for tennis player, coach, official and volunteer development and be accessible and beneficial to the entire Ontario tennis community.  The top priority for the committee is to identify a viable site for such a centre.
Jim also noted that the OTA will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2018 and plans are already underway to ensure this milestone is celebrated in style. Watch this space for your opportunity to get involved!
After the formal meetings presentations were made to Al McGuire, for his contribution to the association as Chair of Tennis Toronto and participation on the Board and OTA Club Excallence Awards were made to representatives of three clubs, Barrie (see photo), Leaside and Thunder Bay for their excellent efforts to build and support tennis in 2015.   
After lunch breakout sessions were held for clubs to discuss issues of mutual interest and there was the opportunity for prepared participants to take time on the courts with OTA’s outreach staff.

Thanks go to Gulshad and the OTA staff for organizing such an efficient AGM and also to the OTA sponsors who came to the meeting to keep Club Presidents well informed of the opportunities they offer. It is a great opportunity for volunteers to meet and share interests and concerns and for the membership to get lots of information about the association and what it accomplishes.


Sixteen-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Toronto captured the second pro singles title of his career on April 10th by winning the $25K Memphis Futures tournament in Memphis,Tennessee.
A qualifier, Shapovalov had to win two matches in qualifying before reaching the first round of the main draw. He then proceeded to beat three seeded players as he made his way to taking the title.  In the final, he faced the American, Tennys Sandgrenm the number 2 seed with a world ranking more than 200 spots ahead of Denis. This was a hard court event.
In January Shapovalov won his first professional singles event, an ITF  $10K Futures tournament played on clay in Weston, Florida. (See photo here with his coach Adriano Fuorivia), Here he also had to play matches to qualify before working his way through a tough to take the title in straight sets over Pedro Sakamoto.In March he reached the semi-finals of the $50,000 Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville, where he lost in three sets to Daniel Evans of Great Britain. With this result he became the first player born in 1999 to win an ATP challenger match.

The Spring issue of Ontario Tennis Magazine includes an interview with Denis or Shap as those who know him refer to him. To see this article go to Ontario Tennis Spring 2016 Shap Attack


The Ontario Junior Indoor Championships were played during March break at 5 sites around the province.  Thanks go to the staff and volunteers at ACE in Burlington, Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga, Parkside Tennis Club, Windsor, Ottawa Athletic Club and The Club at Whiteoaks, Niagara on the Lake.
The top 6 singles players and the doubles champions and finalists are listed here.

Under 12 Girls
Singles: Jessica Louisa Alsola, Marina Stakusic, Cadence Brace, Kayla Alexandra Cross, Dasha Plekhanova, Victoria Mboko.
Doubles: Kayla Alexandra Cross & Marina Stakusic, Amelie Gal & Dharani Niroshan.
Under 12 Boys
Singles: Stefan Simeunovic (Niagara), Spencer Keung, Adrian Smith, Stefan Simeunovic (Oakville), Matthew Overvelde, Kirill Chepushtanov.
Doubles: Stefan Simeunovic (Niagara) & Spencer Keung, Matthew Overvelde & Sasha Rozin.

Under 14 Girls
Singles: Rachel Krzyzak, Rachel Hanford, Corina Spasojevic, Dasha Plekhanova, Kristen Borland, Maya Perkucin.
Doubles: Rachel Hanford & Kristen Borland, Rachel Krzyzak & Corina Spasojevic.
Under 14 Boys
Singles: Joshua Lapadat, Ilya Tirapolsky, Trevor Masi, Christopher Heck, Alvin Nicholas Tudorica, Marko Stakusic.
Doubles:Trevor Masi & Ilya Tirapolsky, Joshua Lapadat & Alvin Nicholas Tudorica.

Under 16 Girls
Singles: Viktoriya Tabunshchyk, Natasha Sengphrachanh, Alisia Stephanie Manolescu, Jada Bui, Sofia Kostirko, Corina Spasojevic.
Doubles: Rita Colyer & Natasha Sengphrachanh, Camille Duggal & Sarah Hickey.
Under 16 Boys
Singles: Ryan Navarro, Daniel Fainblum, Liam Draxl, Nick Lagaev, Ethan Meanchos, Peter Kuszynski.
Doubles: Liam Draxl & Ryan Navarro, Daniel Fainblum & Peter Kuszynski.

Under 18 Girls
Singles: Brindtha Ramasamy, Alisia Stephanie Manolescu, Anca Craciun, Anna Philp, Viktoriya Tabunshchyk, Natasha Irani.
Doubles: Ariana Arseneault & Kailen Galazka, Oleksandra Gorchanyuk & Ines Milosevic.
Under 18 Boys
Singles: Luke Smrek, Ryan Navarro, Ivan Mitric, Jakob Nielsen, Clarke Wilson, Liam Draxl.
Doubles: Malik Bhatnagar & Ivan Mitric, Luke Smrek & Roy Stepanov.

Indoor Nationals
Since the Indoor provincials were played, several of these youngsters went to Indoor Nationals and placed well.  Some of their results are listed here.

U12 Doubles champions:  Dasha Plekhanova & Maria Popova, finalists: Sarah Lui & Victoria Mboko Dasha also placed 3 in singles.
U14 Boys Singles champion: Joshua Lapadat, 3rd:Alvin Nicholas Tudorica. Doubles champions: Joshua and Alvin.  
U14 Girls Singles champion:  Jada Bui, 3rd :Corina Spasojevic,  4th: Rachel Krzyzak . Doubles finalists:  Jada and Rachel.
U16 Boys Doubles champions: Liam Draxl & Ryan Navarro. 
U 16 Girls Singles Champion: Ariana Arseneault,  3rd “ Alisia Stephanie Manolescu . Doubles Champions   Ariana and Jada Bui (see photo), finalist:Rachel Krzyzak (& Elodie Petrecca of Quebec)
U 18 Boys Singles champion: Christian Lakoseljac . Doubles champions: Christian with Victor Krustev. 
U18 Girls Singles finalist: Vanessa Wong, 3rd :Natasha Sengphrachanh, 4th : Ines Milosevic. Doubles champion: Isabelle Boulais (with Kirsten Prelle of Alberta).


The Senior Indoor Nationals for Men 60 and Over were held at the Donalda Club in Toronto March 16 - 20.  Ontario players who placed well in this event were

O60 Singles Barry Goman, 3 Steve Fricker, 4 Louis Desmarteaux 
O60 Doubles Jim Cameron & Sydney Azancot (PQ), finalists: Rosti Barnkovsky & Sergey Borodulin

O65 Singles finalist: Rosti Brankovsky, 3 Daryl Howes-Jones.  
O65 Doubles champions: Daryl Howes-Jones and Dennis Ing

O70 Singles champion: Hani Ayoub,   Doubles champions: Hani  Ayoub & John Yeomans
O75 Singles Champion: Shaheer Mikhail, 3 Guido Weber 

O80 Singles Champion: Adrian Grice, 3 Morton Katz   Doubles Champions: David Brown & Morton Katz, 2. Adrian Grice & Jean Guy Violette (PQ) 3. Richard Arnold & Ken Dixon.

O85 Singles Champion: David Brown, 2 Richard Arnold, 3 Fred Metrick.

Very few Ontario women went to Montreal to play in the Eastern Senior Women's Indoor Nationals held at Cote de Liesse in April 6 to 10.  Congratulations to the following players for making the journey and placing well!

Kelly Stobbe finalist O50 Singles,
Dale Kozicz finalist O55 singles  
Over 60 singles champion, Christa Cameron, finalist, Patricia Babcock, 3rd place Marg Lansens Smeenk.  
O55 Doubles Champions: Christa and Susan Bye, Finalists Patricia Babcock and Marg Lansens Smeenk. (See photo right to left)


John Long was thrilled that so many members old and new came out to celebrate 20 years of Ajax Winter Tennis Club.   John is pictured here with Mary Barlow and Marlene Tremblay, just two of the many people who came to watch while others took to the courts for a clinic or to try to win prizes by hitting ball cans strategically placed around the tennis court - an exercise that proved quite difficult even though there were a lot of targets and prizes.

After the tennis there was plenty of food and a cake for everyone to enjoy.

John has written an article on the history of the club which can be found in the Spring Issue of Ontario Tennis.  To go to this article follow the link here.Ontario Tennis Spring 2016 AWT