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ANDREW SZNAJDER RANKED 46 IN 1989 CARLING BASSETT RANKED 8 IN 1985 HIGHEST RANKED CANADIANS IN THE 1980's CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE HOW EXCITING IT WAS LAST SUMMER! SIX MEN FROM ONTARIO PLAYING IN THE MAIN DRAWS AT ROGERS CUP AND ANOTHER FOUR PLAYING IN QUALIFYING. BUT NOT SO LONG AGO IT WAS UNUSUAL TO SEE MORE THAN ONE OR TWO CANADIAN MEN IN THE MAIN DRAWS. BACK IN THE FALL OF 2003 VIC BRADEN WROTE A SPECIAL ARTICLE FOR ONTARIO TENNIS MAGAZINE ENTITLED "CANADA, A TENNIS MYSTERY" IN WHICH HE TRIED TO OPEN A DISCUSSION ON WHY CANADIAN PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS WERE RARELY SEEN IN THE LATER STAGES OF MAJOR EVENTS. INDEED AT THAT TIME, THE HIGHEST EVER RANKED CANADIAN MALE PLAYER WAS ANDREW SZNAJDER WHO REACHED #46 IN 1989. ON THE WOMEN'S SIDE, JILL HETHERINGTON HAD REACHED A HIGH RANKING OF #6 IN DOUBLES IN 1989, AND HELEN KELESI HAD REACHED A SINGLES HIGH RANKING OF #26 IN 1991, BUT NO WOMEN WERE CLOSE TO CHALLENGING CARLING BASSETT-SEGUSO'S RECORD OF BEING RANKED #8 IN THE WORLD IN 1985. THE OTA COMPETITIVE STRUCTURE DELIVERS IT'S SHOULDN'T BE A SURPRISE THAT THERE IS AN INCREASE OF COMPETITVE ONTARIO PLAYERS. THE PLAN HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS. BIANCA ANDRESSCU WON HER FIRST PROFESSIONAL TOURNAMENT AT THE AGE OF 16 ONTENNIS.ca | SUMMER 2017 27 BY PAM OLLEY OTA COMPETITIVE

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