Canada’s first: The ACE Tennis Progressive Centre at Adventure Valley

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A great new concept has been created for the summer of 2013 which could help recruit new players to the game of tennis at a very young age in the Toronto market.

All Canadian Sports Management has introduced Canada’s first progressive tennis centre at the beautiful Adventure Valley location in North York. The club is designed to train and develop young players between the age of 4 and 12. The ACE Tennis Progressive Center is under the direction of former long time Mayfair tennis director, Michael Zimmerman. “Z” as he is known is now the Director of ACE tennis operations for Toronto.

The ATP centre has redone six of the 11 courts into ¾ courts through the financial assistance of a Tennis Canada grant. A variety of ACE Progressive training programs and individual coaching will be offered at the facility starting in July. The ATP centre will also play host to three circuits for players U8, U9, U10 as well as the Provincial Championships for U8 and U9. A total of 19 events will be held on weekends during July and August.

Merchant of Tennis will present The Under 8 All Canadian circuit [mini-tennis] which will have 7 events starting July 6 and which will conclude with the U8 All Canadian Provincial Championships on August 24-25. The Astra Tennis Club will present The U9 ACE Tennis circuit [3/4 court] which will start on July 6th and conclude with The U9 ACE Tennis Provincial Championships on August 31 and September 1. These events will be part of the Ontario Tennis Association Future Stars Circuit which is done in conjunction with Tennis Canada support. The five U10 ACE events will be run in conjunction with the Ontario Tennis Association Future Stars Circuit and will have Wilson as the presenting sponsor.

These events were created to provide a competitive option for the many children joining Ontario summer tennis community clubs and programs. Providing competitive opportunities at such a crucial age will assist in retaining these young players to the game for a lifetime. These 19 OTA sanctioned events will go a long way to help implement the Tennis Canada led Progressive Tennis Initiatives. Andrew Chappell, Tournament Manager for the Ontario Tennis Association: “ We are excited to further grow the Tennis Canada and OTA progressive tennis initiatives , which help bring new families to competitive tennis.”

Families interested can go directly to the Ontario Tennis Association www.tennisontario.com tournament section to get the required information or at the ACE tennis web site www.acetennis.ca. Registration for the events should be sent to avtournaments@acetennis.ca

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