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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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 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

2017 Senior Competitive schedule | Seniors Tournaments in Canada | Team Selection criteria | Health and Safety Committee Recommendations

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- National Events Consultant- Seniors  itobias@tenniscanada.com

A Toronto resident, Irwin Tobias has been involved in tennis and the tennis business for almost 50 years. He was employed in various capacities with the Mayfair Clubs for over 38 years. In 2007, he became Chair of Tennis Canada’s Senior Committee and worked closely with Seniors Coordinator Steve Stevens in promoting seniors tennis in Canada. Irwin transitioned into his current role in 2012.

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, with now close to 200 entries at each event.

Irwin is passionate about senior tennis and plans to carry on the tradition of continuing to grow senior tennis in Canada that was started by his mentor Steve Stevens.

 

Cora Wills – Incoming Chair cawills@telus.net

Cora is passionate about tennis!

She lives in Vancouver, BC and plays at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club. After retiring from teaching, Cora discovered the game of tennis. She played in her first tournament in 2002, and caught the bug! Since then she has spent her time on court learning to play the game, embracing the joy and heartbreak of competition, and enjoying the blessing of new found friendships. She has two Senior National titles, a bronze medal from the Individual World Championships in doubles, and has had the good fortune of being invited by Tennis Canada to compete at ten Senior World Team Championships, captaining six of those teams. Cora has played an active role in senior’s tennis off the court as well. As the Secretary, Sponsorship Chair and finally President of the BC Senior Women’s Tennis Association she has worn “many hats” while helping to foster the enthusiasm for and growth of women’s tennis in B.C. Cora is delighted and honoured to serve as the Seniors Committee Chair working with the Committee to help Tennis Canada achieve its goals for Seniors Tennis in Canada.

 

Atlantic Region

Raymonde Breau – raymondebreau38@gmail.com

Raymonde has been involved as an active participant in senior tournaments throughout Canada. She is an active participant in all of the senior tennis tournaments in New Brunswick and the Atlantic region and spends three to four months a year, participating in ITF tournaments in Europe. She is constantly encouraging clubs to host senior events and is an active member of five clubs in the New Brunswick community. Raymonde has been involved with fund-raising initiatives at the Dieppe Tennis Club to help kids learn how to play tennis and make capital improvements to the club. She is hoping this will continue at other tennis facilities in her region.

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 involved in tennis officiating, working seven Rogers Cup as a lines person and as a chair umpire at two Canada Games. He plays out of the Waegwoltic Club in Halifax and regularly competes at the National Seniors events and those 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 is an engineer by profession and works at the SR&ED program of the Canadian government. Caroline began playing tennis at age 13 in Québec City. Caroline was a competitive junior player and ranked provincially. She took a hiatus from the game and returned to the game in 1998. Caroline has won provincial and national titles in single and doubles, and, has represented Canada on the Suzanne Lenglen Cup and Young cup. She has been involved with the Quebec Senior Ladies Tennis Association since 2003, with roles that encompass special projects, tournament director and treasurers. Caroline has been on the senior tennis committee since 2008.

Charles Ashtoncharlesaashton@videotron.ca

Charles has been on the board of directors of the Quebec Association of Senior Tennis 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. He has been playing competitively at the senior level for  more than two decades and recently paired up with his old partner Boivin to win the ITF Over 65 doubles event in Mt. Tremblant in 2016.

 

Ontario Region

Jennifer Bishop- jbishop@millerthomson.com

Jennifer Bishop is a Toronto-based partner in the Business Law Group of Miller Thomson LLP. In her legal practice, she focuses on helping business clients navigate mergers, acquisitions and brand-protection issues, as well as general corporate and commercial work. Jennifer is a member of the Canadian, American and International Bar Associations, leads Miller Thomson’s National Hospitality Industry Group, and currently serves on the leadership team of the International Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Interest Group. Jennifer has been designated by Lexpert as a “Top 40 Under 40” Rising Star, and has received the J.W. Whiteside Award at the University of Windsor for outstanding volunteer commitment to under-served legal communities.

Prior to moving to Ontario to train, Jennifer won junior and open titles throughout Atlantic Canada, competed nationally and internationally, and received a National Achievement Award for Amateur Sport. Jennifer was granted an NCAA Division 1 tennis scholarship to the University of South Florida, during which time her team was four-time conference champions.

Jennifer remains engaged as an active tennis player at the Toronto Lawn and Davisville Tennis Clubs, and competes regularly in seniors tennis tournaments in Canada and abroad. She also acts as a member of the Tennis Canada’s Seniors Committee and a fund-raiser for Tennis Canada.

Jennifer also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, and Chair of the Doug Philpott Inner-City Tennis Fund.

 

John Paynejohn.payne@rogers.com
John attended York University where he played on the varsity tennis team and graduated with a degree in Economics and Business. John has a strong desire to “give back to tennis” believing that much of his success in life can be attributed to early success in tennis. John has represented Canada on four occasions at the Senior World Championships; and one year set a personal record by playing in 16 senior tournaments in the U.S. and Canada. John enthusiastically supports senior’s events across Canada and has played events in eleven cities in seven of Canada’s provinces. John acts as recording secretary of the Seniors Committee and was recognized for his many contributions with the “2016 Grow the Game” award. John is currently leading a committee examining the health and safety of players participating in seniors tournaments.

 

Prairies Region (Manitoba/Saskatchewan)

 

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 34 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 the #1 provincial ranking for women’s tennis, badminton and squash and has represented Canada in international events in both tennis and badminton. 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 15 years. He has been a competitive tennis player for more than four decades and is still active on the local and national scene. He plays competitive squash in the winter and he won the Men’s over 45 National Championship in 2008. Tom is the Business Manager of the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. 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 Wall of Fame 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.

 

Craig Hiddleston – ichiddles@gmail.com
Craig grew up in Vancouver and played competitive junior and adult tennis. He was the #2 ranked junior in BC in the under 18 age category. He was chosen as one of the 10 best players to come out of BC in the 1980’s as determined by Tennis BC. He played #1 singles and #1 doubles in NCAA Div. 1 for the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is one of the top Open doubles players in Alberta. He had a very successful 2016 Steve Stevens Senior Nationals in Ottawa, where he was a finalist in the Over 50 Men’s Singles event and won the doubles with partner Gary Meanchos. Craig currently lives in Calgary and is passionate about tennis and is committed to grow seniors tennis in Alberta.

 

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 took a hiatus from tennis from ages 20-35 to concentrate on raising her family. Upon her return, she served as president of British Columbia’s Senior Women’s Tennis Association, has been involved as tournament director for the B.C. Senior Women’s Grand Prix and has been volunteering as the BC female senior representative since early 2000. As a player, Janice is extremely active in her community and has represented BC and Canada on many National and International teams. She feels tennis is an extremely important part of her life that brings great enjoyment and fulfillment and balance to her life.

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 has represented Canada on the Men’s Over 50 Fred Perry Cup team in 2015. Tim is looking forward to contributing to Tennis Canada’s endeavours to grow Senior Tennis.