February 6, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – As part of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie between Canada and Serbia, Tennis Canada will pay tribute to one of its greatest ambassadors, Rene Simpson Collins, who passed away on October 17 following a year-long battle with brain cancer.
To honour the contributions of Rene Simpson Collins and recognize her courage and perseverance, Tennis Canada will pay tribute to her during the opening ceremonies on Saturday with her family in attendance at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex. During the ceremony, Tennis Canada will announce the creation of the Rene Simpson Collins award which will be presented annually to a player who has showed promise, determination, courage, and pride. In addition, patches with the name Rene will be worn by the players as well as Tennis Canada and ITF staff.
As a pro, Simpson Collins reached a career-high ranking of no. 70 in April of 1989. In doubles, the Sarnia native ranked as high as no. 32 in the world. She won three WTA doubles titles and reached the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open. Simpson Collins took great pride in representing her country. She represented Canada in Fed Cup for 11 years and also served as team captain for nine years.