ONTARIO TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Official link: http://www.tennisontario.com
The Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) is the provincial sport governing body for tennis in Ontario. It is a non-profit organization, incorporated under the Corporation Act. It is the largest provincial tennis association in Canada, boasting 220 clubs and 55,000 adult and child tennis players.
The two basic aims of the OTA are to encourage participation in the sport of tennis in Ontario and to provide a structure of services which will assist players to reach a level of competence consistent with their personal goals and abilities. The strength of the OTA is seen in both its sheer numbers and exposure to every corner of the province, and for the creation and maintenance of an atmosphere of unlimited tennis opportunities for players of all levels, from grassroots to national calibre athletes.
The roots of the OTA date back to 1890, when the first official Canadian men’s singles championships was played at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, September 2nd to 6th, with American E.E. Tanner of Buffalo, NY, taking the title. The Ontario Tennis Association was founded at a meeting of tennis enthusiasts in Barrie, in 1918, as the Ontario Lawn Tennis Association. Colonel Blackstock, Jack Boys, Garnet Meldrum and Jack Little, all well known tennis figures, were present.
In 1919, the first Annual General Meeting was held and Blackstock was elected the association’s first president. In 1974, the OTA established ten regions throughout the province to administrate tennis programs at the local level and coordinate their own individual boards.
Official link: http://www.tenniscanada.com
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association responsible for leading the growth, promotion and showcasing of tennis in Canada. Tennis Canada owns and operates two of the premier events on the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tours; Rogers Cup men;s and women;s events that rotate annually between Rexall Centre in Toronto and Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
In addition, Tennis Canada owns and operates six professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports six other professional tournaments in Canada
Tennis Canada operates national training centres at the Centre of Excellence in Toronto and at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal
Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development.
MERCHANT OF TENNIS
Official link: http://www.merchantoftennis.com
Merchant of Tennis, celebrating over 20 years in business, is a company founded by tennis players and professionals to cater to tennis enthusiasts everywhere. Incorporated in 1992 with a background in pro shop retailing the idea was to bring personal professional tennis service to a larger market.
Our flagship store opened in April 1992 on Bayview Avenue in Toronto. The second location opened its doors in Oakville, Ontario in 1998. In 2006 we eagerly launched www.merchantoftennis.com to cater to our online clientele from around North America.
From 2008 to 2014, Merchant of Tennis became the Official Retailer and Stringer of The Rogers Cup in Toronto. The Rogers Cup is the ATP and WTA premier one week tennis tournament bringing all of the top ranked players in the world to compete in Canada.
The Merchant of Tennis professional stringing team is lead by Rob Thomas, Master Racquet Technician. This dynamic team has provided unsurpassed stringing service for Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and the many tour pros who were entered in The Rogers Cup. We are proud to offer this excellent service to our client’s everyday through our two retail outlets.
Our company is committed to giving back to the tennis community. Grassroots tennis has always been a strong focus and we are very proud of the contribution and hard work we put in at that level. We are the preferred retailer of the Ontario Tennis Association and have sponsored Team Ontario for over 10 years. We proudly support the Toronto Tennis Junior League and we have an ongoing partnership with the Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Tennis Fund which provides free tennis camps to over 5,000 kids each and every year.