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UTSC serves up youth tennis tournament

UTSC is hosting the boys and girls U18, U16, U14 and U12 Rogers Junior Nationals Qualifying Series in July and August. (Photo courtesy Tennis Canada)

Canada’s next Milos Raonic or Eugenie Bouchard may be discovered at the University of Toronto Scarborough this summer during the Rogers Junior Nationals Qualifying Series. UTSC will host the boys and girls U18, U16, U14 and U12 tournaments starting July 18 with tournaments running until mid-August. 

“This is an exciting opportunity for people from UTSC and from the community to see tennis at a high level for free,” says Scott McRoberts, UTSC’s director of athletics and recreation. “Interest in tennis is at an all-time high across the country given the recent emergence of world-class players and Canada’s best Davis Cup results ever.”

The new series of junior national qualifying events offers players more chances to participate in important tournaments and are open to any player.  The champion of each event automatically receives a spot in the Rogers Junior National Championships.

“Results from the Rogers Junior Nationals often determine the players that represent Canada at the big international events like Junior Davis Cup, Junior Fed Cup and World Junior Tennis,” says Irwin Tobias, national events consultant at Tennis Canada.

These are the players who may be joining the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour where they establish a world junior ranking and have a chance to get an ATP World Tour or WTA professional ranking.  While most juniors entering the international circuit must progress through ITF tournaments before entering the main circuit, some have dominated the junior scene and catapulted directly to the ATP World Tour and WTA by taking advantage of opportunities to participate in professional tournaments.

UTSC students will be offered leadership opportunities with Tennis Canada, an organization with an outstanding reputation, working with the tournament’s organizing committee for the national qualifier. There will also be volunteer opportunities for community members.

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