APRIL 2019
Congratulations to all our players that have participated through an arduous indoor competitive season, and qualified for the various Selections, Provincial, and the recent National events. A special mention for Vicky Mboko's outstanding performance in the U18 Nationals in Toronto last week (see below).  Our initiative of "Growing  The Game " (see below) - which involves initiating Spring programs, clinics and Summer camps in various community clubs around the GTA gets underway late April and early May at the following clubs;  Bridlewood Tennis Club, Mimico Tennis Club, Toronto Tennis City, Burlington Tennis Club, Milton Tennis Club and at the Cedar Springs Club.
The All Canadian ITF Junior Championship [now a J3 event] which concluded at the Cedar Springs Club on Friday the 12th, showcased exciting tennis from highly rated Canadian and International young players. ACE Burlington players Sasha Gorchanyuk and Aryannah Arseneault had a great tournament [see below.] We also look forward to the upcoming ACE Super Series event at Easter, and the U10/U12/U14 Team Events which we will be hosting at the Cedar Springs Club in May.

Doug Burke
ACE Tennis President

IN THIS ISSUE
  • Letter from ACE President
  • Stellar Performance at the Nationals
  • Provincials
  • Tennis Canada Parent Portal
  • More notable performances
  • Growing the Game 
  • Working together
  • The Tiong's Story
  • Coach's Corner
  • Sign Up for Spring
  • Summer Camps
  • Flavia Nagayama - Interview
  • Snapshots
  • Events 
  • Simplifying SAT
  • Empower Aces
  • Omni Health - Should you tape?

STELLAR PERFORMANCE BY
VICKY MBOKO AT THE 
NATIONALS
ACE's 12 year old standout Vicky Mboko had an incredible run last week : coming through the Qualifying Event, and charging all the way to the finals of the Rogers U18 Junior Indoor Nationals at the Mayfair East Tennis Club in Markham. Vicky, who was seeded #1 in the Qualifying,  started her impressive six-match winning streak with decisive 6-1, 6-1, and 6-2,6-0 wins respectively over Maya Estinvil and Maya Perkucin in the Qualifying. She progressed to the the main draw where she had another win over Ontario's Maya Perkucin by a 6-0, 7-5 margin; this was followed by a three-set round of 16 victory over Love-Star Alexis of Quebec. In the Quarter Finals Vicky had a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win over BC's Stefanie Faith Frias Da Silva  (Stefanie had upset the top seed Sarah-Maude Fortin in the previous round). Vicky continued with some excellent tennis In the semi-final to beat 3rd seeded Corina Spasojevic of Ottawa 7-5,6-1. The finals was a hard-fought affair in which Vicky lost to Anabelle Xu (Quebec) by a tight 6-4,7-6 margin. Congrats to Anabelle , and congratulations to Vicky and Coach Mike Hall on a tremendous showing!!

Nemanja Stefanovic also had a great showing at the U16 Nationals in Montreal, finishing in 6th place and receiving the Sportsmanship Award. Below is a photo of Nemanja as well as the U12 team with Anna Tabunshchyk who had a very strong performance finishing 12th in the U12 category.

U12 Team at the Nationals - from left to right; Bianca Ceroni, Ejii Fujita and Anna Tabunshchyk.
Nemanja Stefanovic with Victor Hoang.

PROVINCIALS
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The ACE Burlington group / Cedar Springs members before heading off to the Provincials in Ottawa; in the couch form left to right Nemanja Stefanovic, Kirtan Patel, Versailla Khanamoui, Enna Krnjic and Olivia Halvorsen with Ali Ersoy, ACE President Doug Burke and Manager of the Cedar Springs Club Rob Bradaric  - wishing them good luck!

TENNIS CANADA  NEW
ONLINE PARENT PORTAL
The parent portal is now live on the Tennis Canada web site. 
It is conveniently located in the Tournament drop down menu below Calendar and Rankings. Here is the direct link:   http://www.tenniscanada.com/parent-portal/
 
The portal is designed to be a user friendly way for parents of competitive players of all levels to easily access pertinent information. It's divided into 8 sections including the following:
  1. Safe Sport
  2. Fair Play
  3. Being a Sport Parent
  4. Getting Started: Kids Tennis
  5. Understanding the Competitive Environment
  6. Navigating the Player Pathway
  7. US College & Canadian University Tennis
  8. Careers: Coaching Certification & Officiating
Each section includes links to relevant articles, resources, and videos. The Fair Play section includes 3 Fair Play documents (downloadable in 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17 formats) that can be used as needed. The dynamic portal will have new information and resources added periodically, and will soon be added to the TPA web site. 
 











 


WORKING TOGETHER
Toronto Tennis City and ACE Burlington coaches share knowledge

TTC coaches Sam Jonas and Adam Dykes recently visited Burlington to collaborate.
THE TIONG's STORY
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Ethan Tiong - who is in his 7th year with Ace - has become a staple at Ace Burlington. His younger, 10 year old sister Clara, is following closely in his footsteps - and is currently in the Provincial U12 program. We decided to talk to the Tiong family about their involvement with Ace over the years.
COACH'S CORNER
IMPORTANCE OF WINNING AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IN TENNIS
I've had so many conversations with parents over the last few years about tournaments and how much they should play. How much their child needs to win and what their win/loss ratio should look like. The article below highlights a lot of what I feel is the right pathway for young tennis players, especially point #3. If your child is s competitive player or you are striving for them to be competitive, this article is a must read.
READ HERE
Brandon Alguire is Head Coach of the Provincial Team at ACE Burlington and a Coach Developer for Tennis Canada. He is responsible along with TTC coach Andy Sutton for ACE's System Development.

Our SPRING session starts in a couple of weeks, and in addition to our regular programming at Toronto Tennis City and at the Cedar Springs Club, ACE is also offering outdoor programs at Burlington Tennis Club, Milton Tennis Club and Bridlewood Tennis Club in Toronto. Click photo to register



WE OFFER SUMMER CAMPS IN 6 LOCATIONS - CLICK PHOTO TO READ MORE AND REGISTER!


INTERVIEW
WITH COACH FLAVIA NAGAYAMA


SNAPSHOTS

EVENTS

ACE and Cedar Springs Club are hosting a series of events which has started with the ITF April 6 -13th. 

Sasha Gorchanyuk

ACE Burlington's Oleksandra Gorchanyuk had a fine tournament reaching the semi-finals of the singles and doubles categories, defeating 
the 4th and 8th seeds in singles play and teaming up with Marina Stakusic in the doubles in which they also defeated the 4th seed. 
Arianna Arseneault also had a strong showing reaching the quarter finals in singles. Click HERE for more.


The ACE Super Series Spring Classic will be held at the club April 18th - 22nd, followed by the U10 - U14 Team Championships starting May 4th with the U14 category followed by the U12 on May 11th and the U10 on May 18th.


GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMPETITIVE CIRCUIT?


SIMPLIFYING THE SAT
Helen Donohoe our SAT tutor has compiled a series of articles for students and parents to read in order to be better prepared for the scholastic aptitude test required for admission to US universities. Click photo on left




We had a terrific turnout for the Mind Games Workshop hosted at Toronto Tennis City March 31st, 2019 for the U9-U12 athletes.

Empower Aces also held multiple integrated sessions for ACE Burlington U12 Provincial  athletes before Spring Break.

For more details on the workshop and the integrated sessions, see Empower Aces March-April Newsletter

Empower Aces Online Learning Portal will be launching soon. With a focus on mental resilience, the portal will cater to junior athletes, coaches and parents.

To receive updates and early access to portal along with bonus content, please contact us at contactus@empoweraces.com


ACE IS ON SLACK
A TEAM COMMUNICATION TOOL


Dr. Anil Kaushal leads the teams at OMNI Health and Rehab, inside Cedar Springs, successfully managing a wide variety of sports injuries. He has partnered with ACE Tennis to work with our high performance players to ensure health and long tennis careers. He will be sharing monthly tips/wisdom in our newsletters. 




ACE Tennis is committed to the development of excellence in youth through the sport of tennis and has been recognized as Canada's top tennis development center and leader in tennis development for more than 40 years. We operate in Burlington and in Toronto and provide programs for players of all levels and commitment; from leading edge high performance programs to progressive skills development programs for players as young as age 4. Our coaches are certified by Tennis Canada and provide a scientific, progressive approach to teaching tennis in a fun supportive environment.


ACE TENNIS BURLINGTON operates out of Cedar Springs Health, Racquet and Sportsclub. The Cedar Springs Club boasts state of the art fitness facilities that complement its 12 indoor tennis courts. It offers full member recreational services including access to pools, a basketball gym, and a restaurant. Physiotherapy, medical services and massage therapy are also available on site.


ACE also operates at Toronto Tennis City - Toronto's most unique tennis destination, located at Yonge and Davisville. The club provides its members with year round access to red Italian clay  courts with state of the art LED lighting, a beautiful club house. The club offers first rate adult programs and service  oriented staff. 
ACE has officially partnered with Burlington Tennis Club and runs Spring programs and Summer Camps for children age 4-17, as well as High Performance Competitive training for U12-U18 players. The seasonal facility operates from the beginning of May through to the end of September, and is  located in the downtown area, within the Central Park. The tennis facility has 6 lighted hard courts, and a 2 storey clubhouse. 
All Canadian Sports Management Inc. is a 42 year old company which has specialized mostly in the field of tennis through strategical planning for tennis development, creation and management of sport facilities, the creation and operation of events, research and development. All Canadian operates ACE Tennis. 

ACE has been a Gold Designated Tennis Development Center 18 years in a row.  The TDC "Go for Gold" Program is a "support program" designed by Tennis Canada to work with junior competitive development programs across Canada. The TDC program is a key component of the overall player development plan of Tennis Canada and its mission of developing world class players. The TDC program designates indoor clubs/academy's meeting minimum program requirements with a gold, silver, bronze or basic designation. 

Ace players and coaches benefit from the Ace Replay system which provides them with the opportunity to access a video replay of the player's practice, lesson or match play. The Ace Replay system provides an opportunity for match analysis, an understanding of player's behavior in pressure situations and evaluation through analytics. 



ACE BURLINGTON
Cedar Springs Club


ACE TORONTO
Toronto Tennis City