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Astra Tennis Club to host ACE Tennis Academy at Vaughan

Vito Adriano Polera, Club Director of the Astra Tennis Club located on Rutherford road, near Jane, in Vaughan announced that the club will play host to the ACE Tennis Academy as of September 1, 2013.”We are proud to know that our new club, which offered many OTA tournaments in its inaugural year of operation, will now be associated with Canada’s top developmental program for juniors. We have been committed to excellence development in youngsters as well as serving our neighbouring communities which require a first class facility coupled with first class programs offered through Tennis Canada top certified coaches”.

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Vito Adriano Polera, Club Director of the Astra Tennis Club located on Rutherford road, near Jane, in Vaughan announced that the club will play host to the ACE Tennis Academy as of September 1, 2013.”We are proud to know that our new club, which offered many OTA tournaments in its inaugural year of operation, will now be associated with Canada’s top developmental program for juniors. We have been committed to excellence development in youngsters as well as serving our neighbouring communities which require a first class facility coupled with first class programs offered through Tennis Canada top certified coaches”.


The ACE Tennis – Vaughan branch will be under the direction of Bill Cowan, a former ATP tour player and coach and a former member of Canada’s Davis Cup team. Cowan, who is one of a handful of level 4 Tennis Canada coach, previously operated Players Edge recognised as one of Canada’s best junior development program. Cowan was also the Tennis Director of the All-Canadian Tennis Academy [now ACE Tennis] at York university where many of Canada’s top players used to train including present Davis Cup Team members Peter Polansky and Daniel Nestor.

Cowan [Vaughan] joins former ATP tour and friend Doug Burke [Burlington], Canadian Fed Cup Team member Ekaterina Shulaeva [Toronto] and former Davis Cup player and Davis Cup and Fed Cup Captain Pierre Lamarche in providing an experienced leadership to all ACE Tennis programs. Both the Toronto and Burlington program received Tennis Canada’s coveted TDC Gold designation [two of six in Canada] in 2012-13.

Cowan said: “It’s a pleasure to work again with a group of experienced and committed coaches, who are also friends. I am looking forward to put a coaching team together in Vaughan which will meet the high standards expected from the ACE programs”. A full range of the ACE programs from progressive entry level to national level players will be available following ACE’s progressive, systematic, scientific, integrated approach.

ACE Tennis is planning to introduce a new player management system; the ACE/LMS system, which will provide for leading edge communication between ACE, the players and their parents.

Information for the programs will be available as of next week at the ACE website www.acetennis.ca, the Astra Club website astratennisclub.com or through contacting Bill Cowan at bill@acetennis.ca. Phone information can be received at 905 417 4400.

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