The Phillip Thomas Memorial Open (formerly the Canada Day Open) returns to the Calgary Tennis Club (‘the CTC’) this month.

A year after hosting the Canada Day Open, the CTC is set to host another Tennis Alberta-sanctioned tournament in 2024. The event will support mental health and addiction awareness, raising funds for the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Foundation for Addiction and Mental Health.

Last year’s tournament was the biggest tournament in Alberta, with over 250 registrants. The tournament has been upgraded to an Open 1000 level event, putting it on par with prestigious tournaments such as the Alberta Open and the National Bank Stanley Park Open. Some of the top tennis talent in Alberta—and players nationwide—are expected to compete for the prize money.

In addition to the open-level events, men and women will compete in the 5.0 and 4.0 categories, and boys and girls will play in the U12 and U14 events.

Competitors of the 2023 Canada Day Open

Phillip Thomas (1994 – 2019)

Phillip Thomas passed away in 2019 at the age of 25 after a mental health battle.

Phillip was introduced to tennis at an early age and grew up around the Calgary Tennis Club. He demonstrated a natural affinity for the sport, eventually training at the Tennis Academy High Performance program and then as a member of the University of Calgary Dinos tennis team.

This month, we honour Phillip and all those affected by mental health. Tournament proceeds will provide funding to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA-Calgary Region) and the Foundation for Addiction & Mental Health (FAMH).

Registration for the tournament is now open on Tennis Canada’s website. Visit the Calgary Tennis Club website for more information, to get involved, and to support the effort.