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National Tennis Centre & Regional Training Centres

FULL-TIME NATIONAL TENNIS CENTRE

In September 2007, Tennis Canada opened its doors to a full-time National Tennis Centre (NTC) for the first time.

Under the leadership of world renowned coach Louis Borfiga, who ran a similar program for the French Tennis Federation, identified talent with an average age of 13-17 is provided with the training, coaching and resources necessary to succeed at the top levels of the sport. Operating national training centres is recognized as an international best practice where players can be regrouped in one location to hone their technical, physical and tactical fundamentals, garner top level international competitive experiences, manage life on the junior circuit as a precursor to the professional tours, and develop team identity and values to represent Canada on the international stage.

To ensure the success of the program:

  • Tennis Canada has recruited internationally renowned tennis coaches, physiotherapists and tutors to provide athletes with qualified staff to support them in all aspects of their development.
  • All of the amenities are state-of-the-art, including a fully-equipped gym, 12 indoor and 12 outdoor hard courts and four indoor clay courts. NTC players possess all resources necessary to succeed at the sport’s highest level.

2017 marked the tenth year of the NTC.

Since it’s inauguration, Borfiga’s expertise is already producing promising results and has placed Canada amongst the world’s top tennis nations.

Within the last five years:

  • Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian in history to claim a Grand Slam singles title, winning the 2019 US Open.
  • Andreescu also became the first Canadian to win a WTA Premier Mandatory singles title as she claimed the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells crown.
  • In August 2019, Mississauga-native became the first Canadian in 50 years to claim the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank singles title.
  • NTC players have captured five junior Grand Slam singles titles, an accomplishment never before realized in Canadian tennis history.
  • Canadian players have reached 11 Grand Slam finals, eight in juniors and three at the professional level.
  • Three Canadian players, Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard and Bianca Andreescu, have also been ranked in the Top 5 of their respective tours.

There is still a lot of work ahead, but the future is bright for Canadian tennis.

REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRES

In addition to the National Tennis Centre in Montreal, four Regional Training Centres have been created in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary to act as regrouping centres for promising U14 talent in those regions. The centres are supplementary training programs designed to support club leaders, personal coaches and parents to enrich the current training and competitive environment for our top performing athletes. These four programs act as feeder systems into the full-time NTC.

Montreal Full-Time National Tennis Centre

Ruben Alcantara: National coach

André Barette: Academic Consultant

Louis Borfiga: Vice-President, High Performance

Sylvain Bruneau: National coach

Simon Larose: National coach

Martin Laurendeau: National coach

Guillaume Marx: National coach

André Parent: National Fitness coach

Nicolas Perrotte: National Fitness coach

Daniel Racine: National Training Centre Driver

Virginie Tremblay: National Fitness coach

Where are they now? 

Boys

Girls

Toronto Regional Training Centre

Cadence Brace

Kayla Cross

Anastasia Kavounov

Dharani Niroshan

Scarlett Nicholson

Marina Stakusic

Aleksandar Mitric

Sasha Rozin

Matthew Overvelde

Coaches:

André Labelle – Head Coach

Heidi El Tabakh – National Coach / Fed Cup Captain

Bogdan Grygorenko

Keith Mayerson

Clément Golliet – Fitness coach

 

Sports Science team:

Dr. Michael Clarfield (Sports Medicine)

Marlene Nobrega (Physiotherapist)

Vancouver Regional Training Centre

Alexandra Vagramov

Leena Bennetto

Chloe Yoo

Danielle Tuhten

Henry Ren

Aron Pilbart

Lachlan Robertson

Ella Nielsen

Stewart Aronson

Isabelle Asenov

Danny Yassine

Danny Bao

Gabriella Lindgren

Diana Craciun

Oded Jacob  – Head Coach

Roberto Brogin

Kamil Pajkowski

Sergey Nazarov – Part-time Fitness Coach

Calgary Regional Training Centre

Nawal Youssef

Keegan Rice

Alexia Jacobs

Alan Mackin – Head Coach

Michael Souster – Fitness coach