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Ontario Tennis 2017/2018 | Summer 2017

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26 SUMMER 2017 | TENNISONTARIO.com T he Club OTA loyalty card program has been in place as a OTA player benefi t for over 5 years – off ering exclusive product discounts and contests to OTA club members. Supported by sponsors such as Merchant of Tennis, Rogers Cup, MLSE and Medieval Times, the Club OTA card has saved users money on products and services and has allowed them to enter OTA-sponsored contests to win great prizes. Over 90,000 Club OTA cards have been printed and sent to OTA member clubs for distribution to their members. Some clubs have even used the cards as their membership ID cards. Beginning in 2016, in partnership with app developers LOVEcourts, the OTA introduced Club OTA as an app. In its fi rst year the app was basically a digital version of the card, allowing members to download the free app onto their iPhones or androids, create a unique ID and take advantage of all the same off ers and contests that Club OTA cardholders have enjoyed. One thing that is certain in the digital age is that things change fast! Over the winter months, the OTA began working with LOVEcourts to enhance the capabilities of the app – with the idea of making it more interactive and fun for OTA players. The founders of LOVEcourts, Mario Philipas and Alan Fong, both have extensive experience in the hi-tech world, and have a keen sense of what excites today's digital users. "What we noticed about app users is that they like to interact with other people with common interests and they like to win stuff " said Philipas. With that in mind, the Club OTA app was redesigned to include a frequent player points race. Now, as well as being able to access exclusive OTA discounts on Rogers Cup tickets, TFC games, Medieval Times and more, OTA players can earn points and win prizes – just by playing tennis! A player can now show up at any OTA member club and check in and earn points which can be used to enter weekly contests to win prizes – Penn tennis balls, Pizzaville gift cards, Rogers Cup tickets, Merchant of Tennis product, OTA swag and more! New prizes will be available all season long so, once a player downloads the free app, they can check back often to see what can be won! There's also a "refer a friend for points" feature. The app includes a points race with "live- time" standings. And, there's more good news… while earning points for themselves, players are earning points for their OTA club as well. There's a feature on the app which ranks Ontario's most active clubs, with opportunities for their club to win prizes, courtesy of OTA's offi cial court supplier, Racquet Guys. Download your Club OTA app today and let the games begin! WHAT'S APP WITH CLUB OTA? BY PETER MALCOLMSON CLUB OTA THE NEW AND IMPROVED CLUB OTA APP OFFERS MORE FOR USERS

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