Written by: Dale T. Power
***Power, ranked #1 in Canada in 1980, has over 40 years of coaching experience from the recreational to professional level. He is presently the Head Coach at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club. As a player, Power won both junior and open national titles and holds the best winning percentage in singles for Davis Cup in Canada.
Power served as a National Touring Coach for the Canadian National Team in 1982 – 1984 and was also coach and manager of Andrew Sznajder – Canada’s former #1 singles player.***
On behalf of The Thornhill Golf & Country Club, I would like to extend a hip hip hooray and congratulations to the community of Thornhill’s newest sports celebrity, Milos Roanic. Three weeks ago, twenty year old Milos stormed into Melbourne, Australia with the dream of winning three very tough qualifying matches and to represent Canada in the first Grand Slam event of 2011, The Australian Open.
Well, Mr. Roanic more than fulfilled his dream. Milos entered the tournament ranked 152 in the world. In the first round, he upset Germany’s Bjorn Phau, ranked 85, then defeated the tournament’s 22nd seed, Michael Llorda, in the 2nd round. It appears five straight victories on one of the most distinguished stages the sport offers can become habitual, for he didn’t stop there. Two days later, now in the 3rd round of the tournament, Milos continued his surge of upsets with a four set victory over the tournaments tenth seed, Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. In the fourth round and seeking his seventh straight victory, he was defeated in a dramatic four set match by the world’s 7th ranked player, David Ferrer of Spain. Good on you mate! Keep up the great work! You have just made a giant step forward for Canadian tennis.
Tennis For Fun,
Dale T. Power