Volume 7 | July 2021
The Baseline
your tennis community news

What's New?....Phase Two!

It's been a fantastic start to the season. The club is bustling and the courts are full with old connections renewed and new friendships fostered through our Ladder and Player Connect system.

What does the province wide 'phase two' re-opening look like for the Club? We're pleased to say that many of our traditional events are being reinstated including the House League, Mixers and, later in the year, our club tournament.

We want to see what your Credit Valley Tennis Club experience looks like. Be sure to check out our photo contest as you review the important information in this month's newsletter.

See you on the courts!

Your CVTC Executive Team
News & Events
Season Weekly Calendar

We are excited to commence our 2021 social programs! Whether you are interested in playing in our structured House League program or prefer to play it by ear and participate in our social mixers (formerly known as Round Robins), we are confident that you will meet great people and have lots of fun.

A record number of members have expressed interest in playing in our House League this year. As we have a cap on the number of available spots, unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate all members who have shown interest in the House League. For those who participated in our new member evaluation sessions, keep in touch with those you played with - we saw some great connections on the court. Email notifications regarding team compositions will be forthcoming.

Court Booking Changes

To address your desire for improved and more accessible court bookings we have implemented the following changes:

  • Courts will be available for booking and play at 7 a.m.

  • To ensure flow of booking throughout the day a 7:30 a.m. booking will not be allowed.

  • Members will still be allowed a maximum of two bookings a day with an important change. The first booking will be permitted the day prior to scheduled play and the second booking will be permitted the day of scheduled play. If you attempt to make two bookings for the same day, on the same day, you will receive an error message.

Court Cancellation Rules, Procedures and Outcomes

Given the unprecedented demand for courts we wanted to provide some friendly reminders of Club rules, procedures and outcomes of non-compliance.

  • Courts can be cancelled up to 1-hour before start of play
  • To cancel a court: login to your member account, under "Tennis Court Booking" click on "View/Cancel My Booked Courts" and then "Cancel".
  • If members do not show up for their court they are subject to a $10 fee under the conditions found under Club Rules on our website.

Player Connect

Once again we want to bring your attention to a new feature to your member account called "Player Connect". Simply login to your account, go to the Player Connect section and update your profile including your level of play and days and times that work best. As other members do the same, you'll be able to connect!

To determine your level of play click here.

Upcoming Event - U14 OTA Tournament

The highly sought after Credit Valley Tennis Club will be hosting an Under 14 Ontario Tennis Association provincial 4-star tournament from July 16-18th for boys and girls. We encourage you to come out and watch the future of tennis! During the tournament a minimum of two courts will be kept open, with court accessibility increasing significantly on the mid Saturday afternoon onwards as the draws play out.
Junior Round Robin
Credit Valley wants to invite all junior members to participate in a weekly round robin on Saturday afternoons.  Come meet and enjoy competition with other junior members of the club!

If interested and for inquiries, please contact Jay Thomas at jaycreditvalley@gmail.com.

Petya's Place

On-line Lesson Booking

For your convenience, starting Monday July 5th you will be able to book lessons, adult or junior programs, and summer camps through your Credit Valley member account. I hope this will further enhance your member experience and make it easier for you to plan and book your lessons based on the available schedule.
Private Lessons
Whether you're an aspiring beginner looking to learn the fundamentals or a seasoned player hoping to tweak your game, lessons can provide you with the guidance, coaching and motivation required to meet your goals.
Community Corner
Photo Contest
Quick, quirky, artistic...we want to see the club from your vantage point and maybe even use your photo on social media.

Your picture could win a free case of tennis balls and bragging rights!


French Open Contest: Congrats to Martin Zikmund who predicted Novak Djokovic to win in 49 games, missing the actual number by one game. Martin wins a signed photograph of a top ten ATP tour player.

Player Connect Winners: Congratulations to Carlos Rivera, Echo Zang, Brandon Nguyen, Jeong Noh and Billy Ren who were random draw winners for signing up for Player Connect. They each win a Play the Clay towel.

Rain Brigade Volunteers Wanted

After substantial rainfalls it takes a significant amount of work to make the courts playable. A few extra hands on deck helps! When help is needed, volunteers on the Rain Brigade will receive a message. If you're available to help at that time great. If not, perhaps next time.

To volunteer and be put on the Rain Brigade roster email Petya Marinova by clicking here.
Players Past & Present

Novak Djokovic

After Novak Djokovic won his second Roland Garros title it became obvious that the World #1 player has a very strong chance to tie and surpass the record of his archrivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have won 20 titles each. Djokovic's chance to tie comes on July 11th at Wimbledon.

While at Wimbledon there is one more achievement that Novak can get much closer to...a Grand Slam (winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon, and the US Open in a calendar year). This achievement has not been completed since the legendary Rod Laver in 1969 (he also won the Grand Slam as an amateur in 1962).

Indeed winning a Grand Slam is a monumental task. Four major tournaments (requiring seven wins per title), four different surfaces, across three continents between January to September.

How difficult is it to accomplish the Slam? Well, the fact that no one in the men's game has been able to win all four in a calendar year since 1969 is one way to look at it. So hard that there are other "subcategories" now. A non calendar Grand Slam, ie. all four majors in a row no matter where the starting tournament win happened. But even here there is only one player to accomplish just that! Yes, you guessed correctly - Novak Djokovic (2015-2016). There's also a career Grand Slam in winning all four majors during the span of one's career. And only four players have achieved that. - Andre Aggasi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

So no matter what people say about Djokovic, if there's one player who deserves to win a true Grand Slam it would be him. On Sunday July 11th he can get that much closer to it.