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(ISN) – Toronto/Vancouver, June 2, 2014 – Tennis Canada and Tennis BC announced on Monday
the introduction of three new professional tennis tournaments in British Columbia,
set to take place in the cities of Victoria, Richmond, and Vancouver over the next
two months. Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), these events
will each offer between $10,000 and $15,000 in total prize money.

“British Columbia has always been a fantastic tennis market, with some of the
highest participation numbers from across the country, so it only made sense to
bring more professional tennis to the province,” said Gavin Ziv, director of
national events, Tennis Canada. “Hosting more tournaments in Canada helps us to grow
the sport and provide our developing players with valuable opportunities to compete
in international events at home. We are very excited about each new event and hope
that tennis fans in BC are able to enjoy the high-quality action that will be
provided by the Canadian and international athletes competing.”

Occurring June 14-21 will be the Freedom 55 Financial Victoria Women’s ITF, a
$10,000 women’s ITF Pro Circuit event at the Panorama Recreation Centre. Next will
be the $15,000 Richmond Country Club Futures, a men’s tournament to be held from
June 21-28 at the Richmond Country Club. Completing the new tournament trio on the
BC professional tennis summer calendar will be the Rogers Radio Stanley Park Open,
presented by Penn. Taking place July 10-20 in Vancouver, the joint event will
showcase the Canadian Direct Insurance Women’s $10,000 event and the Silex Men’s
$15,000 Futures.

These tournaments, all part of the ITF Pro Circuit, will bring talented players from
around the world to British Columbia, as they attempt to earn valuable points and
climb the world rankings. Several up-and-coming Canadian athletes also will be able
to take advantage of the chance to compete against top professionals on home soil.

“With the addition of these professional events on the BC tennis calendar, we have a
tremendous opportunity to provide more competitive play opportunities for British
Columbians,” said Sue Griffin, executive director, Tennis BC. “Our young developing
players will now be able to compete for international ranking points in a number of
the best facilities in the country.”

British Columbia will now play host to a total of five pro-level events throughout a
tennis-filled summer. The province’s line-up also includes the long-running Odlum
Brown Vancouver Open, a joint $100K men’s and women’s event at the Hollyburn Country
Club in West Vancouver and the $15,000 Kelowna Futures, which celebrated its
inaugural year in 2013 at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

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