Rideau this Week
Tuesday, March 1, 2017

Coming soon: Online Court Booking
Ever wanted to book a court but the club was closed? We've got you covered. Our new online system launches March 6. You can see what courts are available, book courts and pay your fees online - up to 7 days in advance. The system is even smart enough to split fees among players. And if you pay online and cancel with at least 24 hours notice, you'll get a club credit for future matches.

Looking for a match? You can list your availability in the system and find other players looking for a hit.

Like things the way they are?
No problem. You can still book by phone or in person and pay your fees at the front desk.

We're hosting two information sessions.
Information session 1: Monday, March 6, 6pm - 8:30pm (drop-in)
Information session 2: Thursday, March 9, 10:30am - noon (drop-in)
Drop in and we'll show you around the software.

Meet two hard-working RTC Rockin' Tennis Players
Marko Arezina is 15 and is a student at John McCrae Secondary School.  Marko is at the Rideau working on his game 14 hours a week, Monday to Friday with an additional 4 hours on weekends. Marko started learning tennis about 6 years ago while playing here with his dad. Milan. He showed some promise, learning the forehand pretty quickly. He improved to the point where he participated in Junior Nationals in 2015. For the last four (4) years, Marko has been training year-round.  He has most recently been working on the serve/toss, trying to lower the serve. Marko likes getting feedback on video replay because he can see exactly what's up and can make the appropriate adjustments. Marko loves playing tennis and hopes to be accepted into the engineering program at Stanford where he is wanting to play tennis with the Stanford team.

Rassam Yazdi learned the game in Iran, training at Carleton University after coming to Ottawa. He has been participating in tournaments since he was 9 years old. Now 16, Rassam's most comfortable shot is the backhand. He is working on a bigger serve: tossing the ball further out into the court and getting a looser arm. He is also challenging himself to hit winners by practicing coming to the net and is looking to play better at pressure points in the game, such as break points. Rassam's goals are to play successful tennis at the National level and then attend University. He's interested in engineering programs at Cal Tech, Stanford and MIT.

Good luck to both Marko and Rassam!  Your dedication to the sport, your energy and your skill are an inspiration to others! Thanks for agreeing to an interview.

Jazz Night at the Rideau
Friday, March 3  |  7 to 10pm in the Breakpoint Bistro

Looking to warm up on a cold March evening? Come join Swing Guitars at the Rideau Tennis Club on March 3 and listen to their celebration of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France. Swing Guitars includes Paul Bourdeau (acoustic guitar), Ken Kanwisher (upright bass) and Rob Martin (acoustic guitar).
Swing Guitars The fun begins at 7pm and includes three sets of your favourite French jazz.  Everyone is welcome!  No cover.

The Members' Council is seeking Club Members to help organize the annual Pro-Am and Silent Auction in support of Junior Tennis Development
For the last two years, the annual event held in July has been organized by a committee consisting of the Club Manager, Zhenya Kondratovsky, Bill Gelling and Doug McGregor.  Thank you for all your help in making these past events so successful.

This year we need a few new members to fill some vacant seats. Roles include scheduling matches, creating program kits and organizing the Silent Auction. The volunteer time and effort certainly pays off. Last year the auction raised slightly over $5,000.

If interested in volunteering your time, please contact Gretchen_reynolds@rogers.com or jrose@racentre.com.
The RA works with great partners representing a wide range of sectors offering benefits to our members and the Association. Partners help offer reduced costs for programs, control Association fees and increase our visibility in the community.   We hope you will support Chartwell Retirement Residences and our other partners

Join us for this stimulating 7-week brain fitness program. Engage in exercises for your mind that encourage the building of cognitive resilience and help to reduce the risk of dementia.
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