Abanda Signs with Miami


***17-year-old Elisabeth Abanda is one of two sisters who have dominated the Canadian tennis landscape for the last few years. Elisabeth has won the U 18 national crown in singles and doubles, the Orange Bowl U 16 as well as the Waterloo Challenger in doubles. She recently signed with the University of Miami, one of the top NCAA women’s tennis team. Her younger sister, Francoise, is regarded as Canada’s top junior prospect.***


ONcourt: You have been at the National Center in Montreal since its start, how has the experience been?

Elisabeth Abanda: To be honest, it has been up and down, I have learnt a lot, I got to travel to great tournaments, met a lot of interesting people [tennis players], saw new ways of training but by far the best opportunity is the opportunity of competition and training with other good players. It also provided a reality check.

ONcourt: Are you happy or not with your results?

Elisabeth Abanda: In Canada I have played well, won the Canadian Junior Nationals but I am not satisfied with my international performances.

ONcourt: Have you finished high school?

Elisabeth Abanda: Yes I graduated with an 85% average in June and passed my SAT.

ONcourt: So University is an option?

Elisabeth Abanda: Yes, and I have already signed with the University of Miami where I will start school in September.

ONcourt: Your sister, Francoise, is the best prospect in Canada after winning the Under 14 Orange Bowl, what is your advice to her?

Elisabeth Abanda: To push harder now so that she does not have any regrets later on and that she takes advantage of all her opportunities.

ONcourt: Who were the most influential people in your career?

Elisabeth Abanda: Well, well, well… My mother, although a single mom, always made sure I had every opportunity possible. Jean Claude Lemire helped us through our career, coaching us for almost nothing , taking us to tournaments and simply being there for us.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

OTA Provincials 2011 (U12 & U16)

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All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 13

Written by: Helen Donohoe __________ ***Helen Donohoe, M.S.Ed., is a teacher of English and French in the Hamilton/Burlington area. She holds practice SAT sessions on Saturdays

ACE Tennis Announces Premier Coaching Staff for Astra Tennis Club

Douglas Burke, president of ACE Tennis, today confirmed the staff that will lead ACE Tennis’ new tennis school at the Astra Tennis Club on Rutherford Road in Vaughan: “It is important for us as an organization to provide the same professional approach to our new program at Vaughan. In recruiting  Bill Cowan to be our Tennis Director, we have secured the services of one of Canada’s premier coaches. Bill is one of the few Tennis Canada level 4 certified coaches as well as being one of the few Canadian coaches who has played and coached on the ATP tour”. Cowan has received many awards including being a three time recipient of the Tennis Canada Coaching Excellence Award.