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Pierre Lamarche

Year Inducted2004 HometownMontreal, Quebec

Major Accomplishments

Occupied numerous roles with Tennis Canada, including director of coaching, director of national squads, and head national coach.

He owns, directs and is the head coach at Ace Tennis, which has produced many top Canadian players and coaches, such as Daniel Nestor, Maureen Drake and Martin Laurendeau.

As a Davis Cup captain from 1991-1996 he led Canada to its first visit to the World Group.

Fed Cup captain from 1991-1996, he led his team to the World Group II during his last year as captain.


Pierre Lamarche has been a key figure in the development of Canadian Tennis for almost 30 years both in the private sector with ACE Tennis and through his involvement with Tennis Canada.

Lamarche occupied various key roles at Tennis Canada from 1988-1996 including director of coaching, master course conductor, technical director, director of national squads and head national coach. Lamarche played an instrumental role in several key areas of the development operations of Tennis Canada during some of its most successful years, including planning a tennis development system and setting up a national framework for implementing that system and redesigning the tennis certification program to make the education more tennis specific, systematic and comprehensive.

Lamarche was also captain of the Davis Cup team from 1991-1996 and Fed Cup captain from 1989-1993. As Davis Cup captain, he led Canada to its first visit to the World Group in 1990, where Canada lost a very memorable tie to Sweden 3-2. As Fed Cup captain, his biggest victories came when his team beat Italy on away soil and when they beat South Africa in Germany. He also acted as team leader during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Lamarche is the owner and director of the ACE Tennis Academy in Burlington and this academy is a leading tennis facility that was launched in the mid 1970s. ACE tennis is an All-Canadian academy and Lamarche has designed programs that will advance the sport in the country by providing the top athletes in Canada with access to the coaching and support required to compete at the national and international level. The success of the program is evident through the impact that both trained players and coaching staff have had on the Canadian tennis scene, both past and present.

Lamarche has been involved with tennis in Canada for over 25 years. He has provided tennis research and development for the ITF and has managed events for the ITF, ATP and WTA. He has assisted in the promotion and development of the sport on an international level through being involved with the ITF as a course instructor in Africa from 1997 to 1998. He was also a speaker for workshops and seminars in 13 different countries and was a coaching commission founding member in London, England.

Lamarche is well-recognized both nationally and internationally as he wears many different hats. He is one of the greatest visionary minds and leaders in the history of Canadian tennis. His passion and ambition have been a driving force for the sport of tennis.