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Bob Moffatt

  • Year inducted: 2015
  • Hometown: Victoria, BC
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Bob Moffatt

Major Accomplishments:

President and CEO of Tennis Canada from 1989 to 2004

Helped lead the development and construction of the new world-class stadium at York University in Toronto, which opened in 2004

Instrumental in the significant renovations and upgrades of the Montreal facility during his time as president and CEO as well

Helped protect the ATP and WTA events in Toronto and Montreal to maintain their top status, and secured new sponsorship


Biography:

A longtime tennis fan and player – he was the 1962 U16 national champion – Moffatt was the first full-time, paid leader of Tennis Canada. He joined the organization in 1989 and he, along with outgoing president Robert Wright, helped shape Tennis Canada’s corporate structure which led it to become the professional organization it is today.

Both tournament venues in Toronto and Montreal received significant upgrades during Moffatt’s tenure, which helped the Canadian Open remain relevant and one of the best tournaments in the world. In Montreal, the Jarry Park stadium was renovated and expanded to fit the growing needs of the Canadian Open there. And in Toronto, Moffatt was one of the key individuals in building the much-needed brand-new stadium, which opened in 2004 and is today known as Aviva Centre. Moffatt also helped secure new sponsors for the ATP and WTA events once tobacco companies were no longer allowed to sponsor sporting events, which was critical for the tournaments to stay afloat and maintain their top designations on the tours.

Moffatt was also highly respected in the international tennis community. He was a member of the ITF’s Rules committee as well as the American Davis Cup committee, helping to grow Canada’s reputation on the world stage. During his time as president and CEO, tennis in Canada also witnessed some of its best moments and matches, involving Canadian greats like Helen Kelesi, Patricia Hy, Grant Connell, Sebastien Lareau, and Daniel Nestor.

Departing Tennis Canada in 2004 after 15 years at the helm, Moffatt left the organization in a better position than when he joined it, ready for the next level.

He was officially inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame during the 2015 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Aviva Centre, on the same Centre Court that he helped build over 10 years earlier.