Tennis is a sport for life, and there are now more opportunities than ever to continue playing during post-secondary student life. Playing at university is an incredible way to continue a student’s tennis career, stay active, make new friends and compete at a high level.

The Canadian University Tennis Program was founded to create opportunities for students to play the sport they love. The program began with seven universities and has since grown to include schools across Canada from coast to coast. The tennis landscape in Canada is extremely diverse, and university tennis is an incredible pathway for young players to strive towards, at any level they choose to play, regardless of their tennis background.

The university tennis season consists of regional play leading into one of four regional championships held across Canada. The prize is qualification for the Canadian University Tennis Championships. The championships are held in conjunction with Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto and Montreal. They are held in August and give players the opportunity to compete on the same courts as the top players in the world. In some cases, there are thousands of fans watching university matches – it is truly an experience of a lifetime.

Unlike the US, in Canadian universities, there is not a lot of recruiting and coaches aren’t full-time. Prospective players have to take the initiative to contact the coach. No matter what level they are at, from beginner and up, there will be opportunities to take part for players of all skill levels. Most coaches will gauge a player’s level or host some kind of a tryout at the beginning of each season for the competitive team.

The level of tennis at Regionals and Nationals is high. Most players have competed at the provincial or national level in their junior careers. However, many teams have practice squads and recreational club programs that accept players of all levels, including beginners. There are plenty of schools that have tennis clubs for recreational players. This is a great way to meet new friends and stay active during the school year.

In addition to the incredible opportunities to compete, continuing to play tennis at the post-secondary level can lead to a potential summer job as a coach. Coaching is a great way to find meaningful, impactful and fun summer work.

UNIVERSITY TENNIS PROGRAMS IN CANADA

Many universities throughout Canada currently offer a tennis program. These universities compete amongst one another to ultimately be a representative in the Canadian University Tennis Championships. A full listing of these universities and their respective program information are as follows:

UNIVERSITY TEAM CAPTAINS

WESTERN CANADA

University
Captain
Email
University
Simon Fraser University
Captain
Bhalinder Oberoi (M & W)
University
University of Victoria
Captain
Beckett Chung (M & W)
University
UBC
Captain
Stefan Lazarevic (M)
Jessic Silva (W)
Email
Women’s Tennis: womenstennis.sc@ubc.ca
Men’s Tennis: menstennis.sc@ubc.ca
University
UBCO
Captain
UBC Okanagan
University
University of Alberta
Captain
Russ Sluchinski (M & W)
University
University of Calgary
Captain
Christine Lilley (M & W)
University
University of Saskatchewan
Captain
Grant Yao (M & W)

ONTARIO

University
Captain
Email
Phone
University
University of Toronto
Captain
Kevin Sousa
Nabil Tadros
University
York University
Captain
Haley Milligen
Robert Perry
University
Brock University
Captain
Scott Hurtubise
Phone
University
Waterloo University
Captain
Pat Craton
Phone
c- 519-807-5631
University
Western University
Captain
Men’s: A. Glavanic, Cameron Cross
Women’s: Mike Richards
Beth Emery
University
McMaster
Captain
Kelly Dunham
Men’s; Rasim Sehovic & Doug Ho
Women’s; Peter Patiakas
University
Carleton University
Captain
Nikki Zibin
Phone
416-556-622

QUEBEC

University
Captain
Email
Phone
University
Universite de Montreal
Captain
Andrzej Zaleski
Phone
514-240-5934
University
Université McGill
Captain
Benjamin Dubuc
Phone
514-815-1838
University
Université Concordia
Captain
Roger Hernandez Jr.
Phone
514-214-4233
University
École de Techonologie Supérieure (ETS)
Captain
Pierrick Erdinger
Phone
514-714-9018
University
Université Laval
Captain
Jacques Bordeleau
Phone
418-933-3345
University
Vert et Or de l’Université de Sherbrooke
Captain
Dominic Longpré

ATLANTIC

University
Captain
Email
University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Captain
Dennis Keaveney
University
Acadia University
Captain
Samira Garrido
University
Dalhousie University
Captain
Samiya Dottin
University
Saint-Mary’s University
Captain
Momen Metwalli
University
St Francis Xavier University
Captain
Tristan Dearden
University
University of Prince Edward Island
Captain
Brian Hall
University
University of New Brunswick
Captain
Kolin Kennedy

If you are interested in starting up a tennis program at your university, contact us at university@tenniscanada.com for full details.