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Ontario Tennis 2016/21017 | Spring 2017

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Editorial Board James Boyce Peter Malcomson Pam Olley Jay Neill Editor Pam Olley pamolley@sympatico.ca Contributing Writers Andrew Chappell Scott Fraser Michel Lecavalier Design & Layout PIX Photography Jag Gundu Peter Figura Neal Trousdale Kristin Muller Advertising Information Peter Malcomson (416) 514-1102 pmalcomson@tennisontario.com OTA Club Membership Information Jay Neill, (416) 514-1103 jneill@tennisontario.com Ontario Tennis Association President Scott Fraser Executive Director James Boyce Ontario Tennis Association 1 Shoreham Drive Suite # 200 Toronto, ON M3N 3A7 Tel. (416) 514-1100 Toll Free. 1-800-387-5066 Fax. (416) 514-1112 ota@tennisontario.com www.tennisontario.com Rosti Brankovsky Johnny Glanville Stuart Teather Peter Figura Ontario Tennis is published four times per year (three magazines and a yearbook) by the Ontario Tennis Association. It is Canada's longest-running tennis publication. — published since 1970. The Ontario Tennis Association is a proud member of Tennis Canada and acknowledges the support of the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport. This magazine is produced to highlight the people, events and information that foster the continued interest and development of tennis at all levels in Ontario. The views expressed in Ontario Tennis are not necessarily those of the Ontario Tennis Association unless stated. (Copyright © 2017 Ontario Tennis Association) Canadian Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement No. 40710521 Return undeliverable Canadian Addresses to: Ontario Tennis Association 1 Shoreham Drive Suite # 200 Toronto, ON M3N 3A7 YEARBOOK 2016 Peter Malcomson Kartik Vyas Peter Figura WELCOME TO THE OTA YEARBOOK FOR 2016 THIS WILL BE THE LAST YEAR BOOK IN THIS FLIP-BOOK FORMAT. Ontario Tennis is making changes which we hope will bring more articles to more people by expanding our digital footprint. For more information on our move to a 'hybrid' Ontario Tennis magazine check out the article on page 12. What a year 2016 has been for Ontario players on the international scene. Milos Raonic ended the year ranked #3 and showed us that the dream of having a Grand Slam men's singles champion has moved from seemingly impossible, to possible, to probable over a very few years. The 2016 Rogers Cup saw at least 10 men from Ontario playing in qualifying or the main draw and goes to show that there is a lot of promise in the pipeline. We also have two juniors, Denis Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu who are not only winning world class junior events, but who are already showing they are ready to compete with the adults. Our players who have been on the scene a lot longer are also thriving. Daniel Nestor continues his winning professional career well into his forties. And our even older athletes, particularly those who are now in their eighties, like Inge Weber, are racking up the trophies at World class events. Surveys keep telling us that more and more people, and in particular, elementary school age children, are taking up tennis and enjoying the game. Kids are competing at younger and younger ages either in local leagues or as they see the opportunities to exhibit their talent and athleticism in events like the Little Mo in Florida or the OTA's special Under 10 Champions event. The challenge for clubs and tennis organizations now is how to integrate as many as possible of this influx of new players into our club system. We want to keep people playing tennis and have them involved and active in the community. Accommodating multiple generations and a variety of levels of play can be difficult particularly when most community clubs have limited facilities and are often located in different neighbourhoods from those where the young players live. We would be interested to hear and share your thoughts on what you see as the opportunities and issues in building a large resilient tennis community in Ontario and especially if you have any ideas for addressing them. If you would like to write on this or any other topic with a connection to tennis in Ontario, we would love to hear from you and of course your feedback is always welcomed. Don't forget to Get on the Court! LETTER FROM THE EDITOR SURVEYS KEEP TELLING US THAT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE, AND IN PARTICULAR, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN, ARE TAKING UP TENNIS AND ENJOYING THE GAME. 10 YEARBOOK 16/17 www.TENNISONTARIO.com CANADA POST CORPORATION agreement no. 40710521 PUBLISHER'S SWORN STATEMENT Daniel Nestor keeps on playing and keeps on winning. At the Australian Open (Jan 2016), Daniel and partner Radek Štepánek became the oldest team to reach a Grand Slam men's doubles final. Daniel then won his first title of 2016 in June playing with Dominic Inglot, at the Aegon Open in Nottingham. This extended Nestor's run of consecutive years with at least one men's doubles title to 23.

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