Tennis Alberta, Tennis Canada, and local clubs offer a selection of tennis tournaments for adults and seniors (starts at age 35).   Help to grow Alberta’s tennis community by participating as a player, a volunteer, or a fan.  To see the full Tennis Alberta tournament schedule click here.   For Tennis Canada’s schedule click here.   Local clubs also have tournaments so check out your local club web site.

The April schedule shows two nice tournaments coming up, one in Calgary that you can still register for, and one in Victoria.  In May, consider the ITF (International Tennis Foundation) seniors event in Calgary.

(Photo Above, Ellen Toth, off to Victoria to the Western Canadian Indoor Seniors, WS65.  Don Voaklander photo).

“Furthermore, while competing in tennis does involve taking a chance, it is a risk with a safety net.  At work, where you could lose your job, the risk might not be worth it.  But to lose a point or a match should be of little significance.  So, there would seem to be much to gain by competing in tennis, little to lose.

(Vic Braden, from his book “Mental Tennis”).

Register now for the Calgary AGCTC, 3.0 to Open

This Sunday, April 15, is the deadline to enter the AGCTC (Alberta Grassroots Charity Tennis Championship) 1000 event in Calgary, with events for all levels.  It takes place April 19-22 at Calgary’s Tennis Academy.  Yes, EVENTS FOR ALL LEVELS, from 3.0 to Open, including a Championship level that offers a $25,000 prize, and a chance to watch Alberta’s Ryan Townsend in action.

You can play at your level, and watch top level tennis at the same event.  Last year’s winner Philip Bester of Vancouver is coming out of retirement to play again in Calgary.  See his profile and how he did last year against our own Ryan Townsend and Carson Bell at this link.

Options include singles, doubles and mixed doubles, all levels.  This is one of the few Alberta tennis events where all levels and all events are represented, so GO FOR IT!  The finals will be live-streamed on the Tennis Alberta Facebook page.  Tournament link.   Or, check out:

Alberta Players Venturing to the Western Canadian Senior Indoor Championships

We wish Alberta senior players good luck and good fun as they are off to Victoria to play in the Western Canadian Senior Indoor Championships, April 25-29.   This is a large tournament to be played at three different sites, with 188 entries in 42 events, and age categories from 35 to 85.  Alberta’s contingent includes some high seeds.  Watch for Alberta’s Jennifer Cherneski (WS45, currently ranked #1 nationally), Mary Manley (WS55, formerly ranked #1), David Crowther (MS60, currently ranked #2 nationally), Sarah Widdowson (WS60),  Gillian Shea (WS65), Susan Gilbertson (WS70), and many others!  Follow the tournament at this link.

The next event for seniors in Alberta is the Calgary ITF Senior event, May 18-21—register now!

Another Vic Braden quote:

But when you compete, you are out there performing on your own.  No one is going to hit that crucial backhand passing shot for you.  If you can do it, and hit it correctly, even if you don’t win the point, the effort and the intent will be so rewarding, you will feel that it is good to be alive.

(Quote from “The Mental Game:  How to Psych Yourself to a Winning Game”, by Vic Braden).

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