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  • Mont-Tremblant, Cup, ITF Senior Grade A, Canada

    Deadline to enter is May 28, 2019 (enter at itftennis.com/IPIN).

    From the organizers:

    2019 Mont-Tremblant ITF Cup ITF Senior Grade A tournament

    June 3rd-9th, 2019 Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada

    On behalf of the Tennis Canada and Tennis Tremblant teams, we welcome you to the sixth edition of the Mont-Tremblant ITF Cup.

    Once again, we are committed to making your participation in the tournament, and your stay in Mont-Tremblant, a memorable one. We are very happy and honoured to be your hosts again for this prestigious tournament.

    Please note that entries will be accepted from Canadian or any International players who have a valid IPIN.

    This ITF Senior Grade A tournament will be held June 3-9th , 2019 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

    The tournament venue is located 90 minutes north of Montreal. The events offered are men’s and women’s 35-85, singles, doubles and mixed. The surface is clay (red and green).

    Entry Deadline: May 28th 2019. You must have a valid IPIN to enter.

    Entry fee is $135 (Canadian, all taxes included). You may enter three events (1 singles, 2 doubles/mixed). Doubles Deadline on Site: June 5th.

    Note: Should the draw size and the number of registrations permit, we may start the younger age groups later, on day 3 (Wednesday) and/or day 4 (Thursday) of the tournament. Depending on the # of registration/age categories, we may have to consolidate some age categories.

    To register for the tournament and/or obtain your IPIN, go to www.ITFtennis.com/IPin. To access the ITF tournament web page: https://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100044560

    On the TennisTremblant.com website, you can also find other general information, including: directions to the tournament venue and a list of all the activities available at Station Mont-Tremblant, such as: golf, zip line, sightseeing, boat cruise, beach, and more!

    We’re looking forward to hosting you in Mont-Tremblant!

    For all information related to the event, including accommodation (official tournament hotels) and the payment of your registration fees, please visit the Tennis Tremblant website or simply click on: https://tennistremblant.com/en/tournament/itf-mont-tremblant-cup-2019/

    La Coupe Mont-Tremblant ITF 2019 Tournoi vétéran ITF Grade A

    3 au 9 juin 2019

    Au nom de toute l’équipe de Tennis Canada et de Tennis Tremblant, bienvenue à la 6e édition de

    la Coupe Mont-Tremblant ITF.

    Nous sommes très heureux et honorés d’être vos hôtes pour ce prestigieux tournoi. Nous désirons rendre votre séjour parmi nous le plus agréable possible.

    Tout joueur avec un IPIN valide, indépendamment de sa nationalité, peut s’inscrire au tournoi.

    Ce tournoi vétéran/sénior ITF aura lieu du 3 au 9 juin, 2019 à Mont-Tremblant , Québec, Canada.

    Le site du tournoi est à 90 minutes au nord de Montréal. Les tableaux offerts sont les simples et les doubles, hommes et femmes, et les doubles mixtes, de 35 à 85 ans, sur terre battue (rouge et verte).

    Date limite d’inscription : le 28 mai, 2018. Un IPIN valide est obligatoire pour s’inscrire.

    Les frais d’inscription sont de 135$ (canadien, toutes taxes incluses). Vous pouvez vous inscrire à trois événements (simple, doubles, mixte).

    Date limite d’inscription pour les doubles, sur place : le 5 juin.

    Note : Selon la grosseur des tableaux et le nombre d’inscriptions, les groupes d’âge les plus jeunes ne débuteront pas avant mercredi (ou au jour 3 du tournoi). Également, selon le nombre d’inscription par catégorie d’âge, nous pourrions consolider deux catégories en une.

    Pour vous inscrire avec votre IPIN et/ou obtenir votre IPIN, cliquez sur : http://www.ITFtennis.com/ipin Pour accéder à la page web du site de l’ITF du tournoi : https://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100044560

    Vous trouverez également des renseignements généraux au TennisTremblant.com, entre autres : l’itinéraire pour vous rendre au site du tournoi et une liste d’activités disponibles à la Station Mont-Tremblant, telles : le golf, zip line, tourisme, promenade en bateau, la plage, et encore !

    Nous vous attendons à Mont-Tremblant !

    Pour tout renseignement sur l’événement, incluant l’hébergement (hôtels officiels du tournoi) et pour défrayer vos frais d’inscription, consultez le site web de Tennis Tremblant ou cliquez sur : https://tennistremblant.com/tournois/coupe-mont-tremblant-itf-2019/


  • Montreal!

    Au Revoir Mont Tremblant, Bon Jour Montreal. It’s about an hour and a half from Tremblant to Montreal. I passed that time listening to the audio of the women’s final from Roland Garros Radio (via ATP Tennis Radio on Tune-In). Fortunately it was over by the time I got into downtown Montreal as new cities are always tricky to navigate. But I found parking in the old town and the morning was pretty quiet.

    I walked up to Mont Royal from the Vieux Cite first, through a street fair that was all about cars and car racing. The weather was beautiful and on a Saturday everyone was out and about. Once I reached the base of the park, there are a lot of steps through the forested park (so it was shady) up to the viewing area. The view was worth the hike. Montreal is a beautiful city on the St. Lawrence River and from the top I could see the water and many bridges.

    I walked towards the old city through McGill University which has lots of old buildings in the middle of the city, but was pretty quiet on a June Saturday. I then joined Rue Catherine, which appeared to be a popular shopping street that eventually turned into a pedestrian mall.

    I walked through Chinatown next, which, though not very big, had a lot of restaurants. Duck seemed to be a popular option.

    The old town was packed by mid afternoon. There were more street fairs and down by the river the vibe was similar to a fair. There’s a big Ferris wheel, there was music, tons of booths selling food etc., a zip line and more. And everywhere there was ice cream and poutine (fried potatoes topped with cheese curd and gravy and sometimes other things such as beef stew (I saw this one at a food truck). There’s a big cathedral in the center of old town which is lovely.

    And with that I bid adieu to Canada for this time. It’s been great.


  • The Sun Makes an Appearance in Mt. Tremblant

    Mt. Tremblant is a very pretty area no matter the weather, with a long narrow lake bordered by tree covered hills. But when the sun shines as it did today it’s beautiful.

    Last evening the sun was also shining and I had to stop to take a few photos. It was really beautiful light.

    I played the final this morning against Jeannie MacEarchen. Jeannie plays under the Canadian flag but actually lives in the Tampa, Florida area year round. I didn’t have a warm up partner, but drove over to the practice facility to warm up and serve a bit. However, there were three men hitting there and one warmed me up (thanks Jeff). Jeannie plays on the Canadian Cup team and is steady, but I had a few more options to win points and won 61 61.

    After lunch, I did some running, then a small hike along a stream parallel to one of the ski slopes rising behind Tremblant village. From the hill I could see most of the lake. It was a nice ending to my visit. Tomorrow I am off to Montreal for the day.

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  • Mont Tremblant Thursday

    Tennis was played today…the predicted rain stayed away and the courts were busy with matches all day. I played another local player, Martine St-Amant and won 60 60. I warmed up again with Mirek but apparently didn’t warm him up well enough since he lost to Luiz Penna. Penna though is quite a good player.

    Tomorrow I think I play the final against Jeannie Maceachern who won her round robin group. She’s a solid player so it should be a good match.

    After playing and having lunch, I went to the other venue which has a dozen courts for the players to practice on, an did a bit of serving and footwork to get ready for tomorrow.

    There are quite a few good international men here, including Glen Busby, Jimmy Parker and in men’s 40s, David McNamara. I was watching some matches and saw McNamara playing…he’s very tall, fit and hits the ball a ton. His warm up was playing 18 holes of golf in the morning! There were a lot of people watching matches too.

    Draws are here: https://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100042086


  • Mont Tremblant, Canada, ITF Regional

    Tuesday was a travel day, Toronto to Montreal by air then Montreal to Mont Tremblant by car. I landed midday so the traffic wasn’t bad leaving Montreal. Mont Tremblant is a ski area bout 90 minutes from the Montreal airport. It’s a very pretty, green, wooded area situated on a long, narrow lake. The weather was supposed to be very rainy, but I missed most of the rain and it was somewhat sunny and nice most of the way, but cool.

    I had arranged a hit with an American from Florida, Mirek Wierzbicki, and though the courts at the tournament site were pretty much underwater all day, the courts a few miles away were fine and we got in an excellent hour of hitting, and also warmed up this morning.

    I played my first tournament singles match since last July, against Marie-Claude Gendron from Montreal. She was playing her first ITF tournament but is a very good athlete and fast. I did win though and play a second round robin match tomorrow. Mirek won too but has a tough one tomorrow.

    There are a fair amount of American men here and world #1 in the men’s 60s, Glen Busby from Australia is here along with Americans Tony Crabel, Jimmy Parker and Nick Ourusoff and others.

    It’s very pretty here and the town is touristy but cute. I’m about a 15 minute walk from the courts along a nice walking path. The club is right on Lake Tremblant and has red and green clay courts. I’m playing on the green clay but the men’s 60s are being held on the red.

    The draws are here. https://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100042086


  • Mt. Tremblant, Canada, Regional Championships: Entries Close May 21st

    What: The ITF Regional Championships

    When: June 6-10, 2018

    Where: Mt Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

    Deadline to Enter: May 21, 2018 (be aware of time of day)

    How to Enter: Via IPIN, itftennis.com/Ipin

    You must have an IPIN to enter, if you don’t have one or haven’t paid or are missing your password, don’t wait to get one till  the last minute!

    Lodging Information (note all prices are in Canadian Dollars): http://tennistremblant.com/form%202018/HebergementTremblant_CoupeITF.pdf

    Tournament Information including how to pay: http://tennistremblant.com/itf.html

    Questions: Leave comments below.


  • Mt Tremblant: Singles Champion and Into Doubles, Mixed Finals

    Today I played the singles final against Patricia Babcock, a nice lefty player and I won 60 61. MJ Pachl and I played the semis of the doubles (and our first round, there were 7 in the draw and we got the bye). We are playing 50 doubles and play the final tomorrow against two players who are in the 50s final of singles, so it will be a tough one. Today MJ played back and I lobbed (to no one’s surprise) and came to net (to most people’s surprise). In mixed I played with Marc Pepin in the men’s 55 and again we had the bye in a draw of 7 and we won 62 64. We play the final tomorrow afternoon and Marc plays the men’s 55 doubles final in the morning.

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    Geoff Moore, USA upset Ken Dahl of Canada in the men’s 70 to reach the final against Michael Beautyman, USA  (who beat Don McCormick, CAN) and the two combined to win the doubles over Dahl and McCormick. Both singles semis went three sets. Jim Baker finished 2nd in men’s 75. Tony Crabel and Robert Farley, USA have cruised into the men’s 60 final. William McArthur, unseeded, is in the men’s 65 final.

    Mitch Perkins, USA is in the men’s 50 singles and doubles. He’s a strong lefty, lots of spin and power and is also on the USA Fred Perry Cup team which will be competing in Finland in about a week.

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    Dee Dolson and Debbie Hobbs lost a tough semi in women’s 55, falling in the match tiebreak to two Canadians.

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    I watched a bit of the men’s semi between Marc Pepin (red shorts) and his partner (blue shirt)  against Denis Dumas and his partner (all white). Denis (in long pants) is in the men’s 55 singles final tomorrow.

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    It threatened to rain all day but in the end there was only one 12 minute rain delay but it was chilly and damp, but not windy.

    Tomorrow MJ and I play doubles around noon with the mixed to follow directly, then I’m off to the next adventure.

    Here are a few photos of Tremblant tonight. No sun but nice reflections.

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    Draws: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100036026

    Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/111133686884013323699/6293641015082680001?authuser=0&feat=directlink


  • Cold Weather, Warm People: Winter in June in Canada

    Photos

    Tournament Draws and Results

    Day 2 of the Mont Tremblant tournament was dry…that’s the good news…but it was windy and cold (around 10 Celsius or barely hitting 50). There was no sun to mitigate the cold. It was fine to play but for watching the smartest spectators wore blankets over their down jackets.

    I warmed up wearing a short sleeved shirt, 2 long sleeved shirts, a warm up jacket and a down jacket and warm up pants and it took a while to thaw out. Maybe it’s just that I’ve become a San Diegan, one of those people who aren’t happy when the temperatures aren’t between 68 and 72 degrees. But anyway, it was cold, and since there’s no clubhouse at the courts, there was no where to stay warm waiting to play. However, the referee, TD and the people running the tournament desk were sympathetic and cheerful anyway. Here’s a photo of other players warming up in down jackets and of the normally placid lake all riled up by the wind and weather. Today I warmed up on the red clay courts shown here

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    I won my match today 60 60 and got down to just a few layers by the end of the match. I don’t play at all tomorrow but I hope to play singles, doubles and mixed on Saturday. We have byes in both doubles and mixed and a day off in singles.

    I had a good dinner at a local creperie with Debbie Hobbs and Dee Dolson from the Tampa area. It was fun to catch up with Debbie especially as we have been the sole Americans at a few tournaments in Europe a few years back. The Creperie Catherine was pretty authentic, and is in old Tremblant. The food was quite good.

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  • USA/Canada Regional Tournament 2016, June 8-12, Mt. Tremblant, Canada

    The 2015 Mont-Tremblant ITF Seniors Regional Championships 1 will be held June 8-12 2016.

    This is not a Closed Regional Championship: Entries will be accepted by any international player who has an IPIN. However, players may enter only one ITF Regional annually.

    • Age divisions offered: Men’s and Women’s 35-85, singles, doubles & mixed
    • Surface: Green & Red Clay
    • Entry Fee: $135 Canadian (approximately $100 USD).
    • Singles Entry Deadline: May 18, 2016
    • Doubles Entry Deadline: June 8, 2016; Start date for doubles; June 9, 2016
    • IPIN Necessary to enter (itftennis.com/ipin)
    • Website with Accommodation Information: http://tennistremblant.ca/itf_eng.html.
    • Younger age divisions will begin on July 9 or 10 if the draws are small. Some age categories may be consolidated depending on the number of entries
    Mont Tremblant Flyer

    Mt Tremblant 2016