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  • 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

  • Toronto, Canada

    I’m in Toronto this weekend visiting a friend, Erin Boynton and practicing for my first singles tournament in a while, an ITF tournament in Mt. Tremblant, about 90 minutes outside of Montreal.

    I arrived Thursday and it was warm, wet (rainy) and muggy. Erin and I practiced Friday and then I joined her tennis team practice which was fun, at the Cricket Club. While we ate lunch we were able to watch a cricket match. The club also has squash, lawn bowling, swimming, a gym, curling and an Olympic level ice skating program. After practicing we had a nice walk in the Evergreen Brickworks with Erin’s dogs Olive & Ruby, who are an energetic duo.

    Saturday we practiced again, then Erin, her daughter Hannah and I went downtown to see the University area and the City Hall. The city is really green.

    Today Erin & I went to Niagara Falls. I’d never seen them and the Canadian falls are huge, impressive, powerful. We walked behind them and next to them. The area around the falls is pretty touristy…lots and lots of fast food restaurants and an miniature golf course and Ferris wheel…but the falls are well worth seeing. The American falls are the smaller ones, the falls with all the mist rising above are the Canadian Falls which are more of a horseshoe shape.

    After seeing the falls we went to a Butterfly Reserve and then to Niagara on the Lake (Lake Ontario) which is a restored town (after being destroyed in the War of 1812). It had lots of gelato shops, food shops and even a hat shop (my favorite of course).

    Just as we left it started to rain, so we were lucky to get in a good day of sight seeing.

    Tomorrow is the last day here before heading off to Montreal and Mont Tremblant. The draws have been posted and I play on Wednesday morning, weather permitting of course. Draws are here.

  • My Tremblant, ITF  Regional (Open): Brrrrr!

    Link to draws
    Mont Tremblant is a ski area about 90 minutes outside of Montreal, Canada. It is very French..all the signs in the grocery stores are in French and French is the primary language. That’s pretty true in Quebec in general I believe. This is a beautiful area and people I have met are warm and friendly.

    The weather on the other hand has been quite cold, cloudy and occasionally wet.

    I am playing in the ITF Regional here, which is open to all players with an IPIN. The 60 singles has 6 players, divided into two round robin groups. I played Anne Bryan who was playing her first ITF tournament and play again today against Raymonde Breau. If I win I will take on the winner of the other group probably Saturday. 

    I am also playing doubles and mixed. Draws can be found here.

    There are a fair number of Americans here this year, and I caught up with some yesterday. It was too cold though to take many photos. Today there’s s predicted high of 53 but the rest of the week looks better. Below are photos of the courts, small clubhouse (the golf clubhouse and restaurant are nearby) and Tremblant.