Tennis Canada

Tennis Canada is the national governing body of tennis within Canada. It works together with the provincial associations to organize tournaments and rules. They also oversee the Canada Davis Cup team and the Canada Fed Cup team. Tennis Canada was formed in 1890 and is a full member of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Tennis Canada operates under the auspices of Sport Canada, and is a member of the Canadian Olympic Association. Tennis Canada’s event management team is directly responsible for all national and international competitions in Canada, including junior, senior and wheelchair championships.

Tennis Canada
Tennis Canada
HeadquartersAviva Centre, Toronto and IGA Stadium, Montreal[1]
ChairmanDerrick Rowe
Chief ExecMichael S. Downey
SponsorSport Canada, International Tennis Federation
Official website


The Canadian Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) was formed on July 1, 1890 in Toronto.[2][3] Delegates were present from at least thirteen clubs: six Toronto tennis clubs, including the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club; two clubs from Montreal; and clubs from London, Ottawa, St. Catharine's, Peterboro, and Petrolea.[3] Charles Smith Hyman, who won the Canadian Championships (later known as the Canadian Open) singles title five times in the 1880s, was chosen as its first president and served three one year terms (1890–1892).[4] The CLTA began organizing the Canadian Championships at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, starting with the 1890 tournament.[3] They adopted the rules of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the club which hosts Wimbledon.[4][5] Beginning in 1894, the CLTA began organizing a junior championship for boys 18 years old and under.[6][7]

In the first quarter century of its existence, two men served lengthy terms as president of the CLTA: Henry Gordon MacKenzie for eight years (1893–1900),[5] and A.C. McMaster for thirteen years (1904–1916).[5] The International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) was formed in 1913, and the CLTA was invited to be a founding member but declined.[8][9] In 1915, with many players fighting in World War I, the CLTA decided to suspend Canadian participation in the Davis Cup and also suspend the Canadian Championships.[10] During the war, Canadian tournaments were suspended, except where "the entire proceeds were devoted to the Red Cross or other patriotic funds."[11] In 1919, the CLTA resumed Canadian tournaments, but passed resolutions restricting Canadian players from competing "in tournaments authorized by Germans, Austrians, Turks, or Bulgarians" (i.e. Central Powers) and barring players from those nations from competing in Canadian tournaments.[11] In 1920, Canada sought to return to Davis Cup play, but issued a late withdrawal citing an inability "to secure players of Davis Cup calibre."[12]

Garnett H. Meldrum was president of the CLTA for twelve years (1922–1933).[5] Meldrum, who had previously been a founding member of the Ontario Lawn Tennis Association, boosted the international prestige of the Canadian Championships and began moving the tournament around Canada.[13] The 1931 tournament, for example, was held in Vancouver.[14] In 1922, the CLTA began publishing a magazine, Canadian Lawn Tennis; the first issue included the complete rules governing Canadian tennis.[15] By 1927, the CLTA had joined the ILTF.[16][17] In 1928, Meldrum proposed that one junior boy from each province be sent to the Canadian Championships as a means of stimulating improvement in their game.[17] At that time, there were 366 clubs and over 24,000 players affiliated with the CLTA.[17] Robert N. Watt served as president for nine years (1937–1945),[5] and later became the first Canadian president of the ILTF in 1957.[8][18] In 1938, the CLTA formed a national player development commission.[19]

During World War II, the CLTA suspended participation in the Davis Cup and also suspended the Canadian Championships.[20][21] As during the first world war, war-benefit tournaments were held in Canada.[22][23][24][25]

In 1975, Josef Brabenec Sr. was named the first Canadian national tennis coach. During his tenure, he designed national junior development and national coaching certification programs.[26] In 1976, the CLTA began renting a four-acre site on the grounds of York University in Toronto for one dollar per year for the purpose of building a five-court tennis centre at a cost of one million dollars to be the home of the Canadian Open tournament.[27]


The organizational membership is made up of ten provincial and two territorial associations: Tennis Alberta, Tennis BC, Tennis Manitoba, Tennis New Brunswick, Tennis Newfoundland & Labrador, Tennis Nova Scotia, Ontario Tennis Association, Tennis Prince Edward Island, Tennis Quebec, Tennis Saskatchewan, Tennis Yukon, and Tennis Northwest Territories[28].

As of 2017, the Chair of the Board is Derrick Rowe, while the President and Chief Executive Officer is Michael S. Downey. Directors include Marc Bibeau, Jennifer Bishop, Jack Graham (emeritus), Richard Harris, Sébastien Leblanc, Stephen Mandel, Nadir Mohamed and Mike Tevlin.


Tennis Canada operates a junior national training program through three centers: at IGA Stadium in Montreal; at Aviva Centre in Toronto; and at the North Shore Winter Club in Vancouver.


Tennis Canada owns and operates the Canadian Open (marketed as the Rogers Cup since 2000), a joint men's and women's competition which attracts the top players in the world. For men, the Canadian Open is a Masters 1000 event on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour; for women, it is a Premier 5 event on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour. In odd-numbered years, the men's tournament is held in Montreal, while the women's tournament is held in Toronto, and vice versa in even-numbered years.[29][30]

Tennis Canada also owns and operates the National Bank Cup, a WTA International tournament held in Quebec City;[31] six ATP Challenger Tour tournaments in Drummondville, Winnipeg, Gatineau, Granby, Vancouver, and Calgary;[32] and several lower-level ITF-sanctioned professional tournaments for men and women.[33]

At the junior level, Tennis Canada operates eight junior national championships for Canadian juniors each year, including both indoor and outdoor events in four age categories: under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18.[34] They also host several ITF-sanctioned junior tournaments from Grade 1[a] to Grade 5 open to international players. The largest of these is the Grade 1 level Canadian Open Junior Tennis Championships held in Repentigny, Quebec.[35]

International tennis

Tennis Canada is responsible for organizing Canadian teams for the Fed Cup, Davis Cup, Hopman Cup, the Olympics, and Paralympics.

Rogers rankings

Tennis Canada, in partnership with the Provincial Tennis Associations, launched Rogers Rankings on January 1, 2009. This new and enhanced ranking system is based on the proven Elo rating system used for ranking chess players and has been developed and used with exceptional accuracy by the Quebec Tennis Federation for over twenty-five years. The Rogers Rankings allows all competitors to compare themselves to the nation’s top players. Similar systems have also been in use in Spain and France. The Rogers Rankings system awards points to players based on quality of wins (i.e. head-to-head results) versus rounds won in a tournament. The system generates accurate rankings due to its ability to evaluate the calibre of competing players. Based on this premise, the stronger player is expected to win while the weaker player is expected to lose. Players are ranked according to points accumulated in national, provincial and international tournaments sanctioned by the Tennis Canada ranking committee. Player points are used to compute a national and provincial ranking. To ensure accuracy, Tennis Canada and the PTAs began testing the system internally on January 1, 2008.


  1. ^ ITF-sanctioned junior tournaments are graded. Grade A is the highest level, including junior Grand Slams and a few others. This is followed by Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5 (the lowest level).
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  9. ^ "Tennis". Weekly Times. Melbourne, Australia. May 17, 1913. p. 36. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
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  13. ^ "Hall of Fame: Garnett Meldrum". Tennis Canada. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "Meldrum is President". Montreal Gazette. February 23, 1931. p. 17. Retrieved July 17, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
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  19. ^ "Bob Murray given top ranking by Canadian Lawn Tennis Association". Montreal Gazette. February 21, 1938. p. 14. Retrieved July 16, 2016 – via Google News Archive Search.
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  29. ^ "Tournament Info: Frequently Asked Questions". Rogers Cup. Tennis Canada. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
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  31. ^ Tennis Canada 2016, p. 77.
  32. ^ Tennis Canada 2016, p. 68.
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Aleksandra Wozniak (Polish: Woźniak; born September 7, 1987) is a Canadian former professional tennis player. She turned professional in November 2005. Wozniak achieved a career-best ranking of No. 21 on June 22, 2009, making her the fourth highest-ranked Canadian singles player of all time. She won one WTA and eleven ITF tournaments. At the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford in 2008, she became the first Canadian in 20 years to capture a WTA singles title and the first Quebecer in history to have accomplished such a feat. She reached a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 3 on January 31, 2005. Wozniak was named Female Player of the Year by Tennis Canada five times (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012).

Aviva Centre

Aviva Centre, formerly Rexall Centre, is a tennis stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 12,500-capacity Stadium Court is the largest stadium at the tennis complex. Aviva Centre is the venue for the Rogers Cup, a professional tournament on the ATP World Tour and WTA circuits, held annually. The Aviva Centre hosts the men's tournament in even-numbered years and the women's event in odd-numbered years, with the other gender's event held in Montreal in those years. The facility also is a year-round tennis training facility. The main stadium is occasionally used for seasonal concerts. Aviva Centre is located on the grounds of York University in North York, Toronto.

Bianca Andreescu

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Canada Davis Cup team

The Canada Davis Cup team represents Canada in Davis Cup tennis competition and is governed by Tennis Canada.

The team's best result ever came in its first appearance in 1913 when it reached the World Group final, losing to the United States 0–3. Canada's best result in the Open Era was in 2013 when they reached the World Group semifinals, but were defeated 2–3 by Serbia.

Canada Fed Cup team

The Canada Fed Cup Team represents Canada in Fed Cup tennis competition and is governed by Tennis Canada.

Canada has reached the semifinals in 1988, and the quarterfinals on four occasions in 1964, 1967, 1987 and 2015. It has also only missed one Fed Cup since the inaugural competition in 1963.

Canada at the Commonwealth Games

Canada has participated in every Commonwealth Games since the first ever British Empire Games held in Hamilton, Ontario in 1930, one of only six countries to have done so. The others are Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales.

Canada at the Hopman Cup

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Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC; French: Comité paralympique canadien) is the private, non-profit organization representing Canadian Paralympic athletes in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Parapan American Games. It represents 25 member sports organisations. The CPC's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations.

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Denis Shapovalov

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Eugenie Bouchard

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Félix Auger-Aliassime

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IGA Stadium

IGA Stadium (French: Stade IGA) is the main tennis court at the Canadian Open tournament in Montreal, Quebec. Built in 1996, the centre court stadium currently holds 8,000 spectators. It was formerly known as Stade Du Maurier, after the cigarettes brand. From 2004 to 2018, it was named after Uniprix, a major pharmacy chain in Quebec. On Monday, April 16, 2018, Tennis Canada announced that it would change the name to Stade IGA.

The twelve courts at this venue use the DecoTurf cushioned acrylic surface, the same surface as the U.S. Open Grand Slam event. The Canadian Open is part of the US Open Series of events leading into the Grand Slam event. Uniquely, the Canadian Open is held in two cities, Montreal and Toronto, with the men and women alternating venues each year. IGA Stadium hosts the WTA in even-numbered years and hosts the ATP in odd-numbered years.

Its core seating area is a remnant of the former Major League Baseball stadium on the site, Jarry Park Stadium, the original home of the Montreal Expos.

Jocelyn Robichaud

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Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic (; born December 27, 1990) is a Canadian professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 3 singles ranking on November 21, 2016.

His career highlights include a Grand Slam final at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships; two Grand Slam semifinals at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships and 2016 Australian Open; and three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals at the 2013 Canadian Open, 2014 Paris Masters, and 2016 Indian Wells Masters.

Raonic first gained international acclaim by reaching the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open as a qualifier, being referred to as "the real deal", "a new star", part of "a new generation", and "a future superstar". Coupled with his first ATP World Tour title three weeks later, his world ranking rose from No. 152 to No. 37 in one month. He was awarded the 2011 ATP Newcomer of the Year. Raonic is the first player born in the 1990s to win an ATP World Tour title, to be ranked in the top 10, and to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals. He has eight ATP World Tour titles.

Raonic is the most successful Canadian singles player in history. He became the highest-ranked Canadian male ever on February 21, 2011, when he reached No. 37. His career-high No. 3 ranking is the highest by a Canadian man or woman. He is the first Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open semifinals, the French Open quarterfinals, and the Wimbledon final. He has more ATP World Tour titles and finals appearances in the Open Era than all other Canadian men combined.Raonic is frequently described as having one of the best serves among his contemporaries. Statistically, Raonic is among the strongest servers in the Open Era, winning 91% of service games to rank third all-time. Aided by his serve, he plays an all-court style with an emphasis on short points. Every one of his singles titles has been won on hard courts. His overall winning percentage of 68.5% is one of the highest amongst currently active players.

Rebecca Marino

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Squash Canada

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Stéphanie Dubois

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Table Tennis Canada

Table Tennis Canada (French: Tennis de Table Canada), colloquially known as TTCAN, is the non-profit governing body for table tennis in Canada and is responsible for cataloging and sanctioning tournaments within Canada. It was founded in 1929 as the Canadian Table Tennis Association. In addition to processing tournaments, TTCAN maintains a national rating and ranking system. It also oversees the Canadian National Teams. In total, TTCAN has over 9,000 members. The headquarters of Canada Table Tennis is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, which is also home to the Canadian Olympic Training Center.

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