As one of eight teams set to compete at this year’s Canadian University National Championships, the York University women’s team is seeking its first national title. The team and school tennis program is led by Chris Field; an experienced coach and current head professional of Moore Park Tennis Club. For the past 16 years, Field has coached high performance juniors in South Florida (Miami) in the winter months. In this piece, Field shares his thoughts on York Tennis, Rogers Cup, and the Canadian university tennis landscape!
Intense. Our Canadian system offers plenty of opportunities to train in a professional environment playing against high level players. Having Tennis Canada on York U’s campus helps bring the excitement level up for not only our athletes, but for all visiting schools as well. After our women’s team went undefeated in the OUAs and earned the OUA gold, I organized a Florida exhibition schedule to expose our team to some of Florida’s and the US’s top-ranked schools. The fact that our team held their own down south truly demonstrated the high level of competition here in Canada.
This is a great opportunity for our players to compete alongside some of the world’s top players. Competing for a national championship is something special for our players and our university. I’m happy to help them develop along the way and achieve their goals as tennis players. As well, I am excited for them to experience a professional tennis event first-hand.
Do your homework. Find a school that offers the right program on and off the court for you. Realize that many universities and tennis programs are very different in terms of the level of their players, the knowledge of the coach, and the athletic facilities. Joining a Canadian university tennis program exposes you to many new friends who all share a passion that is beyond your studies, as well as a desire to compete at a high level. The decision should ultimately be made through getting a number of opinions and considering the personal, academic and sports objectives of the players.
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