NATIONAL TENNIS CENTRE
The National Tennis Centre (NTC) was inaugurated by Tennis Canada in September 2007 at STADE IGA. The organization’s board of directors and executives set out the unequivocal mission to create a centre where Canadian athletes could develop their tennis skills and become dominant players on the international tours. The objective was a lofty one: two players in the Top 50 of the ATP and WTA.
Spearheading the ambitious initiative, Tennis Canada invested in hiring Louis Borfiga, a world-renowned tennis coach who had overseen the development of three Top 10 players on the ATP Tour: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gaël Monfils and Gilles Simon. For twenty years, Borfiga had led France’s largest national training centre—the Institut National du Sport et de l’Éducation (INSEP)—and sought to implement the same system in Canada.
A few years later, there is no doubt that the NTC has made a significant contribution to enhancing Canada’s place on the world stage. In fact, the centre’s initial objective was surpassed when Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic, who all trained at the NTC in their careers, entered the Top 50. Together, they brought about unprecedented development in Canadian tennis. And the up-and-comers who are following in their footsteps are just as promising.
The NTC provides athletes with a wide range of resources that serve them on the courts and in life.
Currently, one girl and six boys between the ages of 15 and 17 train at the NTC. When they are not at the Centre, they play in international tournaments around the world to develop their skills and gain mental strength.
(as of Sept 26 2016)
|Charlotte Robillard-Millette||Blainville, QC||17||90|
(as of Sept 26 2016)
|Félix Auger-Aliassime||Québec, QC||16||2|
|Chih Chi Huang||Port Moody, BC||15||445|
|Luka Vukovic||Burnaby, BC||15||407|
|Jack Minjie Lin||Markham, ON||17||132|
|Nicaise Muamba||Gatineau, QC||16||404|
|Benjamin Sigouin||Vancouver, BC||17||9|
STADE IGA is the home of Tennis Canada, Tennis Québec and Tennis Montréal. These three non-profit association work for the growth and promotion of tennis.
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association responsible for leading the growth, promotion and showcasing of tennis in Canada. Tennis Canada owns and operates two of the premier events of the ATP World Tour and WTA; Rogers Cup presented by National Bank men’s and women’s events that rotate annually between Aviva Centre in Toronto and STADE IGA in Montreal. In addition, Tennis Canada owns and operates eight professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 11 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs at the Centre of Excellence in Toronto, STADE IGA in Montreal and the North Shore Winter Club in Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development.
Tennis Québec is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting tennis across the province of Québec. Its programs ensure efficient development at all levels, from introductory tennis to recreational play, competition and high performance. The Tennis Québec excellence program includes a talent scouting initiative, a tennis-studies curriculum and tennis activities in schools.
Founded in 1980, Tennis Montréal is a non-profit organization that aims to develop tennis across the city of Montréal through lessons, coaching, activities and tournaments for players of all ages and levels, from beginner to elite.