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Seniors Tennis

Seniors tennis is a great way to stay fit, forge friendships and have fun. Tennis Canada runs seniors tennis programs and tournaments in Canada and internationally. Below, you can find links for tournament info as well as news and updates from the world of seniors tennis.

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Steve Stevens

As a passionate supporter of seniors tennis, Tennis Canada would like to recognize Steve Stevens and his lifelong dedication to our sport.

Tennis Canada lost one of its most ardent and wonderful supporters of tennis in 2016, Steve Stevens. Learn more about his lifelong commitment to tennis and see a presentation honouring his memory here. We remember Steve by heeding the advice he often gave senior players – just keep playing:

“Continue to play tennis because it’s good for you both physically and spiritually. It’s an active sport which encourages sportsmanship and fair play – it helps you face the give and take of everyday life. You win some; you lose some – never give up. If you don’t get the ball over the net the first time, try it again.”

View the complete video here.

Seniors Tennis on Social

Enjoy this video on one of our most successful seniors tennis players, Lorne Main of British Colombia, who describes the incredible journeys tennis has taken him on throughout his life.

Here’s a great video from our neighbours to the south, playing tennis into their 90s!

Check out our Canadian Seniors Tennis page on Facebook for more fun news.

Senior Competitive Program

2016 Senior Competitive schedule | Seniors Tournaments in Canada | Team Selection criteria

Learn more about the Seeding Guidelines Tennis Canada and the seniors committee uses for all National Indoor and Outdoor Canadian sanctioned events here.

Senior World Team Championships

Each year, Canada competes, where possible, in all Senior and Super-Senior team events, whereby Tennis Canada provides financial assistance to individuals selected for all teams.

Check out the World Team Championships page to see how Canada did during the event in Umag, Croatia.

International Tennis Federation Seniors

The International Tennis Federation (“ITF”) currently recognizes team cup competitions in the following age groups: 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80.

Players must play the Steve Stevens Senior National Championships and one other tournament recognized by Tennis Canada for team selection.

Check out Canada’s final team standings from previous events:

National Bank and Miele Canadian Super Senior Teams

nblogoCongratulations to the National Bank and Miele Canadian Super Senior teams that represented Canada and the World Team Championships this October in Croatia. Check out news stories and info here.

 

National Bank and Miele Canadian Super Senior Results

ITF Links

National Seniors Tennis Committee

The National Seniors Tennis Committee is an advisory committee that exists to support, guide and promote Tennis Canada’s Seniors Tennis mandate. Learn more about the National Senior Committee Duties.

Irwin Tobias: Committee Chair

itobias@tenniscanada.com

A Toronto resident, Irwin Tobias has been involved in tennis and the tennis business for more than 35 years. He has been employed in various capacities with the Mayfair Racquet & Fitness Clubs for 35 years including club management, tennis and special event programming and tournament organizer at the club, provincial and national levels.

Irwin developed the popular Wilson/Mayfair Senior ITF Circuit in 2002. Since the onset of this Circuit, senior tennis competition in Ontario has taken off in leaps and bounds. Entries have continued to grow and more than 230 players participated in the four-tournament circuit in 2008. The reputation of this Circuit has spread across Canada, with British Columbia organizing ITF senior events, and Quebec and P.E.I. demonstrating a keen interest in developing their own senior circuit.

As Chair of the National Seniors Tennis Committee since 2007, Irwin provides the leadership necessary to help Tennis Canada fulfill its Seniors mandate.

Atlantic Region

Raymonde Breau – raymondebreau38@gmail.com

Raymonde has been involved as an active participant in senior tournaments throughout Canada. She has participated in the outdoor summer nationals every year since 2003, having loved her first experience at Mount Royal in Montreal, and has not missed a summer nationals since. She supports all of the tournaments in the Atlantic region. She is constantly promoting local tournaments in and around the Maritimes and other areas of Canada. Raymonde is also forming a committee to bring indoor tennis to New Brunswick.

Paul Richard prichard@highway104.ns.ca
Paul resides just outside of Halifax in Prospect Bay and has served on the Tennis Nova Scotia Board for a number of years. He is also very involved in tennis officiating, working the Rogers Cup as a lines person for the last seven summers and also as a chair umpire at the last two Canada Games. He plays out of the Waegwoltic Club in Halifax and has competed in three National Seniors events over the last two years and in most Seniors events in Atlantic Canada. Paul is an Engineer by profession and is currently the General Manager of the Hwy 104 Corp, which oversees the operation of Nova Scotia’s toll highway, the Cobequid Pass.

Quebec Region

Caroline Frenettelaura_caroline@hotmail.com
Caroline began playing tennis at age 13. She was a competitive junior player and was ranked provincially in the top five in Quebec. She took a hiatus from tennis and returned to the game in 1998. She has represented Canada on the international Women’s Over 35 (Suzanne Lenglen Cup) and Over 40, (Young Cup). She has been involved with the Quebec Senior Ladies Tennis Association since 2003, with roles that encompass special projects, tournament directors and treasurer.

Charles Ashtonc.a.ashton3@sympatico.ca
Charles has been on the board of directors of the Quebec Tennis Federation for many years. He established with the help of Michel Dagenais, a tennis school from 1975 to 1987 in the Montreal region. He was assistant director to head tennis professional Andre Lemaire at the Centre Sportif Carrefour from 1979-1981. After a stint as a teacher, he graduated from Université de Montréal in law and became a member of the Bar in 1983. A ranked player in Quebec in the 1970’s and 80’s, he played for the U.Q.A.M. team that included Louis Cayer and Jean-Pierre Boivin. After leaving teaching because of the demands of the legal profession, he returned to playing senior competition and most recently won the over 55 doubles at the Eastern Canadian Indoors in Montreal in March 2008.

Ontario Region

Jennifer Bishop
Jennifer is a partner in the Business Law Group in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson LLP and a member of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. She started playing tennis in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador at the age of 6 and won several junior and open titles in Atlantic Canada. Jennifer is a former Canadian junior national champion and participated in many junior national and international tournaments.
Jennifer played for the University of South Florida (Big East Conference) and was conference champion from 1989-1993, and earned all-conference honours in both athletics and academics. She has won several provincial and national titles in both the over 35 and over 40 age categories, and has represented Canada on the Young Cup Teams in New Zealand (2010) and San Diego (2011).

John Paynejohn.payne@rogers.com
John was born in London, England and came to Canada in his early years. He has a degree in economics and business from York University and while attending York played on the York varsity tennis team. John is an avid player and one year set a personal record by playing 16 senior tournaments in the U.S. and Canada. John has represented Canada in senior competition playing twice in the Fred Perry Cup and once in the Austria Cup. John has a strong interest in expanding the enjoyment of the game and was instrumental in promoting senior tennis at the 2008 Rogers Cup event in Toronto.

Prairies Region (Manitoba/Saskachewan)

Marcia Jacksonmarcia.jackson@justice.gc.ca
Marcia attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving her B.A. (distinction, in English and political science) in 1980, and her LL.B. in 1982. She is a lawyer with the Department of Justice Canada and has been practicing law for 25 years. In 1979 she was awarded the M.J. Coldwell Prize in Canadian Affairs for the highest combined standing in Canadian economics and Canadian affairs. Marcia has held at various times #1 provincial ranking for women’s tennis, badminton and squash. She is currently ranked 1st in her province and nationally ranked 5th in the over 50 age group in tennis. She has also been a board member of the Saskatchewan Tennis, Badminton and Squash associations.

Tom Brownbusmgr@theuwsa.ca
Tom has represented the region on the seniors committee for more than six years. He has been a competitive tennis player for more than thirty years and is still active on the local and national scene. He plays competitive squash as well and is the Men’s over 45 National Champion for 2008. His goal is to win a national tennis championship. Tom is the Business Manager of the Student Union at the University of Winnipeg and works as one of the assistant pros at the Winnipeg Winter Club. He is also a part-time squash pro at the University of Winnipeg, Duckworth Centre.

Alberta Region

Sue Gilbertsonsue.tennis@telus.net
Sue has been a frequent participant in the Eastern and Western Indoors as well as numerous Outdoor Nationals. She has been selected many times to represent Canada on international teams both as a player and team captain. She has served as a committee chairperson for several Western Canadian Indoor tennis tournaments held in the city of Edmonton, hosted by the Royal Glenora Club and Saville Sports Centre. Sue is a member of the Saville Sports Centre as well as an active member, Hall of Famer and past board director of the Royal Glenora Club. Sue was the recipient of a Tennis Canada Distinguished Service Award in 2007 in recognition of her dedication and outstanding contribution to tennis in Canada.

Patrick Thomasphthomas@telus.net
Patrick has been an active competitor in the Calgary area for over 30 years and has won the over 50 doubles Western Seniors on two occasions, and recently the over 55 Doubles (all with Keith Porter). He has been the tournament director at the Calgary Tennis Club for a number of years and responsible for significantly raising the level/prize money for the annual Racquet Central Championships in Calgary. Patrick is a tennis umpire and has umpired many local open, junior and senior tournaments including U12 Nationals. Patrick has served on the Tennis Alberta Board and is currently the President of the Calgary Tennis Society, the manager of the University of Calgary Dinos Tennis Team and Executive Director of the Dinos Tennis Society. Patrick is originally from Grenada, West Indies, and is currently a private investigator after having retired from the Calgary Police Service.

British Columbia Region

Janice Hollowayj.holloway@telus.net
Janice has played tennis since early childhood and over the years has been a member of the West Vancouver Tennis Club, Burnaby Tennis Club and currently the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club. She has served as president of British Columbia’s Senior Women’s Tennis Association and has been involved as tournament director for the B.C. Senior Women’s Grand Prix for the past eight years. Janice has won many national events in her senior career and at year-end 2008 was ranked the number one Women’s over 55 player in Canada at the end of 2008. Janice has represented Canada on many international teams and feels tennis is an extremely important part of her life that brings great enjoyment and fulfillment.

Tim Shoveller
Tim has been playing competitive tennis since age 10. Originally from Nova Scotia, he now resides in Vancouver. He has been the BC representative to Tennis Canada’s Senior Committee since 2011. Tim is looking forward to contributing to Tennis Canada’s endeavours to grow Senior Tennis.