December 16, 2013, Toronto (ISN) – Tennis Canada announced Monday that Christophe Lambert has been hired as the new Head Coach for the Toronto National Junior Training Program.
Lambert is a former junior and professional coach from France, having served as the head coach at one of Marseille’s top competition level tennis clubs and for the French Tennis Federation’s U14 program, and has been working in the Canadian tennis system since 2009. The training program, which is run out of the Rexall Centre, has been in place since 2009 and serves as a passageway for promising juniors into the full-time National Training Centre (NTC) in Montreal.
“Christophe has a passion for tennis and a proven track record in developing junior players,” said Louis Borfiga, vice-president, high performance development, Tennis Canada. “We are extremely lucky to have had him working in the club system for the past two years and we are thrilled to now have him move over to leading the Toronto junior program. The centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, coupled with working with the clubs, personal coaches and academies, are the cornerstone of our talent development system. Christophe will bring a dedication and work ethic to the program that will continue to instill a winning attitude and culture among the group.”
Lambert was selected after a comprehensive national and international search which attracted more than 90 applicants from 28 different countries. Lambert will transition from his current position as director of high performance club and talent development with Tennis Canada. In addition to his extensive work with top French junior players, he was also previously the national men’s coach for the Chinese Davis Cup team as well as a national coach for the Lawn Tennis Association.
“I’m very excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to help develop such promising young Canadian talent working in partnership and alongside the academy leaders, personal coaches, provincial programs and high performance clubs,” said Lambert. “Tennis in Ontario and Canada has grown to new heights in the past several years and coaches from all over the world want to come here and be part of this success. I am very thankful for the opportunity and I look forward to building on the strong club and academy foundation in place with the goal to help Ontario players, coaches and clubs achieve even greater results as this is one of the most important provinces and regions in the country.”
Selected athletes are re-grouped weekly at the Rexall Centre for additional training and fitness that helps support home training and the Ontario Tennis Association provincial program. Lambert will work with current staff, coaches and partners throughout Ontario to help maximize resources and foster talent in the province.
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