Look­ing for a net gain

Cromarty Ten­nis Club to hold open house and reg­is­tra­tion on Saturday

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Cromarty Ten­nis Club will have an ace up its sleeve when it comes to one of its new in­struc­tors this sum­mer.

Nikki Baloescu of Kitch­ener, Ont., was for­merly ranked No. 23 in Canada in the women’s open cat­e­gory and even earned a dou­bles rank­ing of 1,165th on the WTA in 2016. She’s played in tour­na­ments across the world.

The 20-year-old is in Cape Bre­ton study­ing busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity. She hopes to one day open her own ten­nis acad­emy.

Baloescu is look­ing for­ward to help­ing teach the sport, es­pe­cially to lo­cal youth. She and the other in­struc­tors will be on hand Saturday for the club’s open house from noon to 3 p.m. There will be a free bar­beque, reg­is­tra­tion and prizes. Those in­ter­ested can try out the sport as well.

“I re­ally en­joy teach­ing kids,” she said. “Some­day I strive to teach great ju­niors, so I see some good po­ten­tial here at the acad­emy, so I want to share my knowl­edge to build these kids up to the high­est level.”

Saturday’s event will be a kick­off to what will be a busy sum­mer at club, lo­cated on Cromarty Street in Syd­ney.

There will be three sep­a­rate youth sum­mer ten­nis camps start­ing July 9. Club man­ager Carter Bown said they’re also look­ing to grow the game among adults as well.

“We’re fo­cus­ing on get­ting the adults more in­volved in their pro­gram­ming,” said Bown. “In years past, it was mostly fo­cused on the kids and we’re still fo­cus­ing on build­ing their ten­nis but we’re also try­ing to add on to that by adding more pro­gram­ming for adults of all skill lev­els.”

The big week­end will be Aug. 17-19 when three tour­na­ments will be held con­cur­rently at the club. The 2018 Cape Bre­ton Open will at­tract some of the top play­ers from across the prov­ince. The Cape Bre­ton ju­nior re­gion­als and the mas­ters cham­pi­onships will also be con­tested.

“A big fo­cus this sum­mer is mak­ing the Cape Bre­ton Open the best that we’ve had,” said Bown.


Cromarty Ten­nis Club in Syd­ney will hold an open house and reg­is­tra­tion on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. From left are in­struc­tor Liam Ku­mar-Brit­ten, club man­ager Carter Bown, in­struc­tor Nikki Baloescu and club pro­fes­sional Kevin Hall.

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