November 12, 2013, Montreal (ISN) – The 2013 season showcased that Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre (NTC) has greatly contributed to Canada’s success on the international tennis scene.
In fact, the country’s top-ranked ATP and WTA players, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) and Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC), are both products of the NTC. The initiative put in place in 2007 by Louis Borfiga, Vice-President of High Performance at Tennis Canada, will benefit a new group of players who joined the Centre.
“Since the inception of the NTC, many adjustments and improvements have been made to ensure the best possible support for our players. Recent results are very encouraging, but we are always trying to be better in order to produce more and more Top 50 players,” said Borfiga.
A new generation
The performances of Canada’s U14 World Junior Tennis teams this season are proof that the future is bright. The girls’ team finished fourth while the boys’ squad finished fifth. A select group of this next generation of players is joining the NTC. Eight of the eleven players at the Centre for the 2013-2014 season are rookies. The team of girls consists of returnees Françoise Abanda (QC), Gloria Liang (ON), and Alexis Prokapuik (ON) in addition to rookies Rosie Johanson (BC), Marie-Alexandre Leduc (QC), and Charlotte Robillard-Millette (QC). All five boys on the team are rookies: Dylan Bednarczyk (ON), Alexis Galarneau (QC), Victor Krustev (ON), Jack Miingjie (ON) et Benjamin Sigouin (BC).
The coaching team
The coaches currently in place at the NTC will remain the same with similar responsibilities for the next year. Sylvain Bruneau will continue to oversee the girls program and will be supported by Roberto Brogin, Ralph Platz, Marie-Ève Pelletier, who joined the team in April, and Simon Larose who will be the primary coach for Françoise Abanda. Guillaume Marx will supervise the boys team along with Jocelyn Robichaud while Martin Laurendeau will be responsible for the development of the professional players on the men’s side. Kieran Foy and André Parent will serve as fitness trainers for all players and André Barette remains on board as the players’ teacher.
Tennis Canada also has U14 programs firmly established in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. This is how the next wave of talented is detected and their progress can be followed in order to eventually bring them into the NTC.