PROFESSIONAL TENNIS LANDS IN SASKATOON
History is in the making for Saskatoon’s tennis fans. Tennis Canada, Tennis Saskatchewan, and Riverside
Badminton and Tennis Club with support from Saskatoon Sports Tourism and Saskatoon Sports Council are excited to announce the inaugural visit of the ITF Men’s Professional Tennis Circuit at the Saskatoon Futures event July 23 – 31.
“Saskatoon loves tennis,” said David Phillips, tournament director. “There are an increasing number of national events at the junior and professional levels and events like the Saskatoon Futures give us the opportunity to expand competitive opportunities and play on Canadian soil for Canadian fans. Saskatoon was chosen to host a Futures tournament because of its commitment to international calibre sporting events, its team of dedicated professionals and volunteers and its growth of tennis. This is Saskatchewan's first ever professional calibre tournament and the only Futures tournament in Western Canada. We are looking forward to introducing Saskatoon to international tennis players.”
Some of the world’s top up and coming tennis players will be coming to Saskatoon’s Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club. The Futures circuit provides the entry level of professional tournaments enabling players to eventually reach the higher level tournaments on the ATP World Tour. Past Futures stars have included,
Canada’s Milos Raonic who is currently ranked No. 27 on the ATP World Tour and Spain’s Rafael Nadal,
currently ranked No. 2 on the ATP World Tour. Saskatoon’s event will attract players currently ranked in the
world’s Top 500 and local player Eric Yee, nationally ranked No. 102. Players will compete for a trophy and a
prize of $15,000.
“It is the first year we’ve hosted something like this at our club, we are very fortunate and excited to have been selected by Tennis Canada,” said Michelle Altingâ€?Mees, Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club Manager and Tournament Chair. “We are really enthusiastic to be hosting the players because we have a great, updated facility and a beautiful city. Also, we know that Saskatoon loves sport events and we have great areas for spectating, a KidsZone, Adult Learnâ€?Toâ€?Play clinics, a food tent and beer gardens throughout the week.”
Singles qualifying will take place from July 23â€?24 with the main draw to be contested between July 26â€?31. The singles semifinals and doubles finals are on Saturday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. and the singles final is on Sunday, July 31 at noon.
“This event is great for two reasons,” stated Randy Fernets, Managing Director of Saskatoon Sports Tourism. “First, it put the International Tennis Federation stamp of quality on Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club – certifying this as one of the best clubs in Canada. Second, we know that being an inaugural event, there is only up from here. We look forward to welcoming tennis enthusiasts and the participants to our great city.”
Spectator admission for the tournament is by donation. Watch the Saskatoon Futures website www.saskatoonfutures.com for further information and tournament updates.
Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club Manager
About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a nonâ€?profit, national sport association responsible for leading the growth, promotion and showcasing of tennis in Canada. Tennis Canada owns and operates two of the premier events on the ATP and WTA Tours; Rogers Cup presented by National Bank men’s and women’s events that rotate annually between Rexall Centre in Toronto and Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. In addition, Tennis Canada owns and operates seven professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports seven other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates national training centres at the Centre of Excellence in Toronto and at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.LoveMeansNothing.ca
About Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club
The Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club has a long standing reputation within the Saskatoon Community. We are committed to serving our members and our community by stimulating participation in tennis and badminton. The facility has nine outdoor tennis courts with night lighting and six indoor badminton courts. The clubhouse and deck feature a beautiful view of the South Saskatchewan River and Victoria Park. The club amenities include change rooms, proâ€?shop, and a licensed lounge. We offer lessons, camps, leagues, and tournaments to our members and the community