Photo: Gyles Dias

This May, Tennis Canada will host three development camps for its U15 Prospect Team members spanning Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal. Tailored to players aged 10–14, these camps are designed to help each athlete reach their highest potential on and off the court.

Transitioning players into the next phase of their development is the core focus of the U15 program. Under the guidance of Tennis Canada’s High-Performance staff, athletes are supported along a pathway to international competition and the National Tennis Centre presented by Rogers, which prepares junior players for a successful professional career in tennis.

Kicking off in Halifax from May 8–9, the prospect team athletes born in 2010 will train at the Atlantic Tennis Centre before they compete in the ITF J30 Halifax tournament from May 13–17. Meanwhile, camps in Toronto and Montreal follow a slightly different format, dividing the remaining cohort in two, with the boys training in Toronto from May 21–24 and the girls in Montreal from May 27–30.  Tennis Canada’s Head of U15 Development, Jocelyn Robichaud, said:

“The national camps are a key stepping stone in player development at this stage. It is a great opportunity to improve key foundational skills across the program and to provide a personalized training approach to each unique player. We have a very talented group; we aim to further improve their skills and foster a culture of teamwork and passion through these camps over the next few weeks.”

Each camp is designed to reinforce tennis fundamentals, provide a competitive training environment, and provide a holistic approach to development using the Whole Player Development Pathway as a guide.  Similar camps were held with impressive results last fall.

The success of the U15 Canadian Prospect Team relies on ongoing and transparent communication between all parties involved. Tennis Canada considers frequent and honest conversations with private sector coaches, players, and players’ families a key factor in the strength of this initiative. 

On top of participating in the national camps, some members of the prospect team are invited to international tours and matchplay opportunities led by Tennis Canada, which are designed to foster player development, test their abilities at an international level, and build character on and off the court.

This program continues to guide players along a pipeline to professional careers and development as well-rounded athletes. Key components of its design include supporting the unique needs of each player and working closely with their coaches.

Canada’s U15 Prospect Team is currently comprised of 69 junior players from across the country. In total, 31 girls and 38 boys are set to take part in the camps this spring. 

List of players:

Meika Sebastian

Matthew Popa

Karina Berska

Andreas Mjeda

Clara Vicol

Amy Shen

Isabella Ruyu Yan

Rachel Wu

Alden S. K. Yu

Luca Vicol

Liam John Suh

Lucian Enns

Kristian Jin Nygaard

Ciena Yoo

Mila Ajdukovic

Arthur Zhyznomirskyy

Joni Faye Colburne

Brielle Amey

Milagros Pastuszka

Tessa Sari Puente

Dongchen Ding

Jasmine Li

Payton Charley Dith

Deniz Karabulut

Ilya Sherifali

Callum MacKinnon

Julian Mahdavi

Nikola Bogojevic

Damian N Smith

Oscar Sounitsky

Daniel Kamhi

Eli Thomas Marks

Milan Grabovica

Kaleb Machado

Timofey Dobrovolsky

Emma Cuirassier

Victoria Koniouchine

Camille Michel

Elisabeth Djabourian

Medina Jingan

Leylatou Aliassime

Eve Thibault

Sophia Xie

Alyssa Beltei

Ngodo Yvan-Raphael Mefire

Ethan Levy

Gordon Dankov

Ryder Danis

Julien Gagnon Joachim Marx

Marc-Edouard L’allier

Tristan De Cande

Philip Vujicic

Alexandre Collin

Nathan Berneron

Antoine Tardif

Quentins Wang

Nathan Nguyen

Raphaelle Bruneau

Maya Iacoban

Catherine Xie

Ezio Thiboutot

Amalia Bakumenko

Alexie Duclair

Emma Ciobanu

Romy Gravenor

Ethan Yichen Guo

Catherin Racu

Nolhan Assonzon Nyambioh

Olivier Charest