***Harry was born in Scotland and came to Canada at the age of 9. He started playing the game at 13. Was heavily involved in soccer so didn’t play many tournaments until he was 15. Harry was ranked 10 in Ontario U18 at the age of 17 and as high as 3 in the open division in Ontario through out the 70’s. Won the over 35 National singles and doubles in 1983, National O35 indoors singles in 1984 and the over 45 Eastern indoors in 1993. He became a course conductor to present level 1,2 and 3 certification courses in 1974. Was a Head Course Conductor for 27 years, chairman of the Professionals committee and Vice President of the OTA for many years. Harry has level 3 certification. He owned own club in Cambridge from 1979 – 1997. Now part owner of the Royal City Tennis club in Guelph.
Editor’s note: Harry Greenan is one of these coaches that qualifies as a great Canadian Coach. Year in, year out he has developed some of the top players in this country. This year his student Erin Routliffe achieved a top international performance by winning the U 16 Orange Bowl.***
ONcourt: Harry, how long have you worked with Erin Routliffe and did you always see her potential?
Harry Greenan: I have worked with Erin since she was 9. From the beginning I thought she could be a top player if she could get more exposure to better tennis.
ONcourt: Has it been an easy road?
Harry Greenan: The road is never easy and nor should it. There are always doubts and injuries and below par performances. That’s just part of life and that’s what makes it sweeter when you have some success.
ONcourt: Why do you believe it is imperative for Erin to move to Montreal to pursue her training?
Harry Greenan: Erin started at the Caledon TC under the guidance of her Mom and Dad and then from Steve and Karen Orme and then Orangeville with Joanne Pilkey. When she came to me in Guelph, she had the opportunity to train with Sonja Molnar and Sandra Dynka and many other good juniors. She had the chance to hit with our pros Mark Greenan, Eric Molnar, Alex Salwierz, and Dave Wettstein. Each step has helped Erin expect more from herself.
I’m not sure I would say it was or is imperative for Erin to move to Montreal but I do think it’s imperative that she be challenged to perform at the highest level. Joining the NTC gives Erin the opportunity to travel and train with players who are trying to be among the best in the world.
I’m a firm believer that you are your own coach in life and there will be many people who will come into your life you will learn from. Erin needs to be around people who will help her learn to be the best in the world. If she has what it takes and is a good student, she will learn.
ONcourt: What will be your relationship with Erin in the future?
Harry Greenan: I’m not sure what the future will bring. I do hope she will always look at me as someone who wants what is best for her. Someone who will tell her what he thinks she needs to hear not what she wants to hear. I’ll be there if I can be of any help.