Félix Auger-Aliassime Canada
(ISN) – Montreal, September 30, 2014 – The 2014 season was an historic one for Canadian tennis and Canada has established itself as one of the top tennis countries in the world. Tennis Canada’s National Tennis Centre (NTC) has greatly contributed to Canada’s growing success on the international 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 once again open its doors to twelve athletes in 2015.
“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 know that we have to keep working to ensure that we produce more top players and that what we are living right now is not just a one-time thing, but the beginning of a new era for Canadian tennis,” said Borfiga.
The results of Canada’s U14 girls and boys World Junior Tennis teams this year are proof that the future is bright. The girls squad finished seventh at the World Championships while the boys team finished second to Germany. Part of this new generation of players is now joining the NTC including Félix Auger-Aliassime (QC) and Nicaise Muamba (QC), both 14 years of age, and 15-year-old Joshua Peck (AB). These three rookies are joining the eight returning players for the 2014-2015 campaign. Alexis Galarneau (QC), Victor Krustev (ON), Jack Miingjie Lin (ON), and Benjamin Sigouin (BC) are back for their second season. On the girls’ side, Françoise Abanda (QC), Rosie Johanson (BC), Marie-Alexandre Leduc (QC), Gloria Liang (ON), and Charlotte Robillard-Millette (QC) remain part of the NTC team.
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, and Simon Larose who will work primarily with 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, who will be replaced during his paternity leave by Pierre-Larry Petrone of France, and André Parent will serve as fitness trainers for all players while André Barette remains on board as the players’ teacher.
New partnership with l’Académie les Estacades
One of the NTC’s missions is to offer optimal support for the athletes off the court. This is why Tennis Canada is partnering with l’Académie des Estacades in Trois-Rivières, the only school in Quebec that offers distance education. Tennis is the second sport to associate with the school. It also helps approximately 50 players in the LHJMQ.
National training programs for juniors
Tennis Canada also has U14 programs firmly established in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. This is how the next wave of talent is detected and their progress can be followed in order to eventually bring them into the NTC. The goal is to collaborate with tennis clubs and their coaches to establish specific objectives.