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Tennis Canada – Montreal, November 19, 2018 Over 11 years ago, in the fall of 2007, Tennis Canada opened the doors to its National Tennis Centre (NTC). Since then, the structure put together by the Vice-President of High Performance, Louis Borfiga, has certainly proved successful and will welcome again this year a new group of athletes who are following in the footsteps of players like Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, Carol Zhao and Félix Auger-Aliassime.
 
Since its opening, 41 athletes have passed through the NTC. Of this group, 10 have played or are currently playing on the professional tour and 26 have played or are still playing on the American University NCAA circuit. In fact, the NTC counts 16 alumni who went on to graduate from American University.
 
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Four Recruits
This year, the NTC will welcome four newcomers, as Justin Boulais (Oakville, ON), Stefan Simeunovic (Niagara Falls, ON), Maxime St-Hilaire (Lévis, QC) and Jaden Weekes (LaSalle, QC) have all made Montreal their home. They will join veteran NTC members Carson Branstine (Orange, CA) and Taha Baadi (Laval, QC). Originally from California, Branstine has been training in Montreal since 2016 and has since chosen to represent Canada. For his part, Baadi joined the NTC last year.
 
In addition, girls U16 national training camps will be organized regularly at the National Tennis Centre.
                  
Coaching Team
The current coaching staff will return for the upcoming season and their roles will more or less remain the same. Thus, Sylvain Bruneau will continue to spearhead the women’s program and will work closely with Simon Larose. Guillaume Marx will oversee the men’s program with the assistance of Ruben Alcantara and Nikolai Haessing, a former NTC athlete who has been a coach for several months. André Parent, Nicolas Perrotte and Virginie Tremblay will return as the fitness coaches while André Barette will continue his role as Academic Consultant.
 
National Junior Training Programs
Tennis Canada has also put in place three National Training Programs for young athletes between the ages of 8 and 15, which have already been well established for a few years in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and now in Calgary. These programs are used to detect new talent and then ensure proper follow-up in their development and one day lead them to the National Tennis Centre. The goal is to collaborate with the various tennis clubs and their coaches to optimize the work already being done in clubs by setting specific goals. 
 
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 9 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 13 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. 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. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 

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Valérie Tétreault
Director, Communications
vtetreault@tenniscanada.com or 514-273-1515, ext. 6259   
               
Victoria Jaklin
Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations
vjaklin@tenniscanada.com or 514-273-1515, ext. 6291