Full-Time National Training Centre Program (NTC)

Overview of program:

The concept of operating National Training Centres is recognized as an international best practice. Many nations serious about development have a NTC program, with many top nations operating two or more Centres. The long term objective of High Performance is to consistently produce Canadians who rank among the Top 50 in the world. The creation of NTCs is a major step towards making this goal a reality, providing Canada’s best young tennis players with a world class, full-time, training and interna- tional competitive environment.

The Centres support the good work being done privately and in the club programs right across the country. Club programming and support for coaches currently working with high performance players privately are both very important components to the heath and success of Canadian tennis.


As mentioned above, the long term goal of the Montreal centre is to develop a pool of top 10 ITF and/or top 400 ATP/Top 250 WTA juniors with the potential to reach the top 50 world ranking. Additional objectives include the following;

  • Proven leadership with annual planning, monitoring and management
  • On site classroom & educational consultant to monitor daily study hall and routines.
  • 4-5 training hours/day + 1.5 hours fitness.
  • 4-6 months international top level competitions.
  • Develop technical, physical and tactical fundamentals.
  • Meet international competitive guidelines for a players age and stage of development.
  • Develop team identity and values to represent Canada.
  • Develop, educate, mentor/apprentice coaches.
  • To teach and inform the players values of honesty, fair play, discipline and hard work.
  • To motivate/recognize regions/clubs/players/coaches that feed player’s into the program.
  • To maximize opportunities for Canadian juniors to compete and train on clay.
  • To experience/learn to manage life on the junior circuit as a precursor to pros.
  • To garner top level international competitive experience.

Services and Benefits:

  • Personalized Annual Plan development.
  • Up to six (6) months of supervised international tours and camps.
  • Up to six (6) months of individualize training programming at the UNIPRIX centre.
  • Supervised Academic Program.
  • Supervised Physical Training Program.
  • Free access to UNIPRIX Centre courts and facilities.
  • Access to customized racquet and stringing services.
  • Access to wildcard assistance as per meeting the published criteria.
  • Access to physiotherapy services.
  • Membership to CAIP (Canadian Athlete Insurance Program).
  • Out of town player hosting.
  • Access to local transportation.

International Tours Schedule:

Players enrolled in the program will travel to compete in the best events in the world for their age and stage of development (including ITF, Futures, Challengers, & events like the Rogers Cup).

Player Selection Guidelines:

Following international best practices, moving forward, we will invite players that are achieving or have shown potential to achieve at international levels. Enrolment to the full time training program is for elite players only. Other athletes will be invited to attend periodically (please see details below for specific details)

To be eligible to attend the National Training Program players must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Be in good standing with their provincial and national associations.
  • Meet the following age requirement; Girls (14 through 17 years old) Boys (15 through 18 years old), although exceptions will be considered by the selection committee listed below.

The Vice President of Player Development/NTC Director will make final selections to the program after consulting with the following committee:

  • Director, High Performance
  • Head Women’s National Coach
  • Boys Head National Coach
  • NTC staff and NJTP Head Coaches (BC, ON, QC)

The committee will consider players that meet Tennis Canada’s published Performance Standards, or show the potential to meet these Standards in the near future. The Committee will also consider results as measured against Tennis Canada fitness Standards, work ethic, desire and other intangibles prior to making final selections.

NTC Host Family Search

Spring always brings renewal and the National Tennis Centre is no exception to this rule.

Every year, the demand for host families for our athletes grows and finding new families is imperative.
With that in mind, we are seeking your help to find these gems who will allow the NTC to offer an exceptional environment envied by most Tennis Federations around the world. If you know of dynamic families willing to take on the challenge of welcoming a high performance athlete into their home or your own, please do not hesitate to contact André Barette at: abarette@tenniscanada.com
We are looking to find host families for athletes, both boys and girls, coming from all over Canada, mostly Anglophones, aged between 14 and 18. These youngters are disciplined, motivated, energetic, have hectic schedules and travel around the world at least 4 months out of the year.

Essential elements required in our host families :

  • Close-knit family to provide a safe and stimulating environment.
  • Non-smoking home offering the athlete his own room, a work desk and access to high speed internet (for school).
  • Fair mastery of spoken English
  • Sound eating habits

Additionnal qualities

  • Situated near Uniprix stadium in Montreal to facilitate and shorten transportation
  • Bilingual
  • Other children

Hosting formats :

  • Full time : the athlete is “adopted” by his or her host family for one renewable year.
  • Part time : the athlete is “adopted” by his or her host family for a few days and nights under these circumstances:
  • Young hopefuls are invited for a week long NTC training camp
  • Backup for a full-time host family on holiday

Tennis Canada’s compensation for host families:

  • Financial compensation of $600 per month for a full time athlete and of $40 a night for a part-time athlete
  • Daily transport from home to NTC
  • Complimentary Rogers Cup ticket for the tournament in Montreal

Full Time National Training Centre Players and Coaches:

Click here to learn about our full time National Training Program & Players.

Under the continued leadership of Louis Borfiga the program continued its developmental excellence.


  • Francoise Abanda (QC)
  • Gloria Liang (ON)
  • Alexis Prokapuik (BC)
  • Rosie Johanson (BC)
  • Marie-Alexandre Leduc (QC)
  • Charlotte Robillard-Millette (QC)
  • Dylan Bednarczky (ON)
  • Alexis Galarneau (QC)
  • Victor Krustev (ON)
  • Jack Mingjie Lin (ON)
  • Benjamin Sigouin (BC)


  • Guillaume Marx
  • Jocelyn Robichaud
  • Martin Laurendeau
  • Sylvain Bruneau
  • Roberto Brogin
  • Ralph Platz
  • Marie-Eve Pelletier
  • Simon Larose

Fitness Coaches – Kieran Foy & Andre Parent