Ten­nis Day kicks off busy sea­son at Cro­marty

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Ten­nis Day in Canada will mark the start of what will likely be a busy 2017 sea­son at Cro­marty Ten­nis Club.

Sched­uled for Satur­day, the day will in­clude free ten­nis clin­ics run­ning all day at the Syd­ney club, start­ing at play­ers ages five to adults. It’s geared to both begin­ners and re­turn­ing play­ers alike.

“This is ac­tu­ally the first year they’re host­ing na­tional Ten­nis Day in Canada,” said Cro­marty pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Anne O’Neil. “It’s part of the Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tion, so Ten­nis Canada is part­ner­ing with Par­ticip-AC­TION 150. Over 150 ten­nis clubs are tak­ing part in the event on Satur­day and we have over 60 par­tic­i­pants signed up right now.

“It’s al­ways good to see new faces at the club,” added Cro­marty club pro­fes­sional Kevin Hall. “Nor­mally, we do of­fer open houses… so this kind of works as some­thing like that.”

The club will see some new pro­grams and up­grades this sum­mer. They’ll be resur­fac­ing the four courts at the end of May, and will stand out with a pur­ple colour this time around. They’re cur­rently giv­ing the club­house a new paint job to give things a bit of a facelift for the near 250 mem­bers.

O’Neil is back work­ing at

2017 Ten­nis Sched­ule June 16-18: Cape Bre­ton Masters June 23: Fu­ture Stars Tour (ages 7-11) June 28: Rogers Rookie Tour (ages 7-11) July 12: Fu­ture Stars Tour (ages 7-11) July 14-16: New Water­ford Peter Dur­dle Open July 26: Rogers Rookie Tour (ages 7-11) Aug. 11-13: Cape Bre­ton Jr. Re­gion­als Aug. 18-20: Cape Bre­ton Open/ Class ‘A’ Aug. 23: Rogers Rookie Tour (ages 7-11) Aug. 24: Fu­ture Stars Tour (ages 7-11) Sept. (TBA): Cro­marty Fall Clas­sic

Cro­marty for the first time since 2013, when she and Hall were named the top coaches in the prov­ince. James Roper has re­turned for a sec­ond sea­son as head pro. They’ll have six to­tal staff on hand this year.

“The last sum­mer we worked to­gether, we hit over 100 ju­niors and that hasn’t been done for a while,” said O’Neil. “We’re hop­ing to ex­ceed that mark.”

Cro­marty will con­tinue to of­fer lessons for both chil­dren and adults. They’ll have a sum­mer daily ten­nis pro­gram for ju­niors, and will add an evening pro­gram this year. There will be an af­ter school pro­gram, week­long ten­nis camps, as well as new tour­na­ments and events.

The an­nual Cape Bre­ton Open re­turns Aug. 18-20, with a new sep­a­rate Cape Bre­ton Masters event from June 16-18. Cape Bre­ton Ju­nior Re­gion­als will take place Aug. 11-13, and another Fall Clas­sic will be con­tested in Septem­ber. Rogers Rookie Tour events, a Ten­nis Canada ini­tia­tive, will be held through­out the sum­mer as well.

“They have mini tour­na­ments for kids who want to get in­tro­duced to ten­nis,” said Hall. “They’ve never played be­fore, so they don’t want to en­ter an ac­tual tour­na­ment with peo­ple who’ve been play­ing, so this helps them learn.”

To re­serve a spot at Satur­day’s Ten­nis Day in Canada clin­ics, email cro­mar­typro­grams@gmail.com. Another gen­eral reg­is­tra­tion day will be held on Sun­day from 12-5 p.m.

Hall

O’Neil

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