July 12, 2024

Open Court


Small class for Canada’s national program

When Tennis Canada’s national training program was inaugurated in 2007, it had a dozen kids (boys and girls) from across the country.

The 2018-19 class, though, is significantly downsized.

And there are no girls at all.

Along with one returnee, 17-year-old Taha Baadi, only four new prospects have arrived for the new season.

Two are Quebecers – Jaden Weekes, 14 and Maxime St-Hilaire, 15. Ontarians Justin Boulais, 17 and Stefan Simeunovic, 14, also are on board.

There are, in fact, nearly twice as many staff members – nine – than players in the program.

Félix Auger-Aliassime, now 18 and out of the juniors, has graduated.

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