Did you know that our National High Performance players are among the best players in the world? They have represented Canada at major international events, such as Paralympic and Parapan Am Games as well as World Team Cup. All the national team members play 10-15 tournaments on average per year as part of the ITF circuit all around the world.
Date of Birth: 2 June 1981
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Best ITF Singles Ranking: 50
My favorite tournament… is the Southwest Desert Classic. It’s nice to get out from Quebec’s taught winter and enjoy the nice weather there the resort is fantastic.
I knew wheelchair tennis was MY sport when… I moved to Nune’s Island and played for the first time 3 years ago.
My best experience on tennis court was… playing at World Team Cup in South Africa in 2011 and winning for Canada.
The best match I ever played was… New York against Paul Moran after a great night in Brooklyn.
My favorite shot is… my cross court forehand.
The area of my game that needs the most improvement is… serves and backhand.
My favorite able bodied player is… Roger Federer because of his composure and mental toughness and he seems to be a good person.
Representing Canada at WTC/Paralympics means… the best thing about wheelchair tennis. That’s why I play tennis, to participate in these events.
The Paralympics in London are… a great goal an objective and a dream.
If there was one rule in tennis I could change it would be… create more categories.
My favorite food is… Japanese.
My favorite beverage is… red wine.
A perfect day to me is… to play the greatest tennis in the most important match and then celebrate.
My favorite YouTube clip is… Shingo Kuneida winning the Beijing Paralympics.
Date of Birth: 28 June 1976
Hometown: Ancaster, ON
Best ITF Singles Ranking: 21
My favorite tournament is the… Midwest Open in Grand Rapids….because it well run with a great venue. I travel with my family to that tournament every year.
I knew wheelchair tennis was MY sport when… I broke my neck.
My best experience on tennis court was… playing for Canada at the WTC.
The best match I ever played was when… I came back from 5-2 0-40 and down a set to win the match.
My favorite shot is… when my ball hits the net and then dribbles over to the opponent’s side.
The area of my game that needs the most improvement is… mobility.
My favorite able bodied player is… Federer, because he’s a great champion.
Representing Canada at WTC/Paralympics means… I got my ranking up high enough. Actually, it’s an honor not many people get to experience.
The Paralympics in London are… in 2012.
If there was one rule in tennis I could change it would be… when a player serves first in a tie break it shouldn’t count as a service game. They should still have the serve in the next set.
My favorite food is… meat and mashed potatoes.
My favorite beverage is… milk. Alcoholic beverage is a Caesar.
A perfect day to me is… playing tennis and coming home to my family which happens a lot!
My favorite YouTube clip is… my son playing Wii.
Our coaches have a distinguished record coaching able-bodied players as well as wheelchair players. Some of them have an international background and some of them have even played competitively at a world-class level.
National Coach, Wheelchair Tennis
- A former World Nr 1 and Paralympic Silver Medalist
- Development Coach for ITF Silver Fund
- Assistant Coach for BC Wheelchair Sports Association
- Various coaching positions in native Germany
- With Tennis Canada since 2010
- Main responsibility: grassroots development throughout Canada
- Assistant to TC High Performance Coach
Touring Coach, Wheelchair Tennis
- Level 4 coach and club pro 2
- Touring coach for Tennis Canada and Tennis Québec.
- Coached juniors players that have won National, i.e Mélanie Marois with more than 10 titles.
- Course conductor for coach 1 and coach 2 for Tennis Canada
- Personal coach of former top Canadian wheelchair tennis player Hélène Simard
- 6 time World Team Cup Coach for Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair Tennis Teams
Head of Tennis Canada Coaching Development and Certification in British Columbia
- Provided coaching training to over 1500 coaches.
- A main contributor to the Tennis Canada Coaching Certification program
- Written articles and coaching materials for the PTR, Tennis Corporation of America, Tennis Coaches Australia, and the International Tennis Federation. He is a popular speaker at coaching conferences world-wide
- A Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) as recognized by the Professional coaching association, Coaches of Canada
- Coached 3 wheelchair players to top 10 world
- Created Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair Instructor Course
- Inducted into the City of Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in the coaching category
Provincial Wheelchair Tennis Coach, British Columbia
- Coaching education in native Australia
- worked at Hazelmere Tennis Club, White Rock
- works with ‘Tennis is Fun’ school tennis program
- certified Club Pro 1, currently completing Club Pro 2