The Court Newsletter

June 15, 2021

Exciting news at the BTC – Junior Clinics starting Tuesday, June 22nd and/or Thursday, June 24th. See the Home Page for the official announcement. Also Lessons with John Easter have resumed.

June 6, 2021

It has been a quiet time at the BTC courts over the past few weeks, but fortunately that changed on May 22nd with the reopening of the courts. For a very brief time we even managed to have lessons, although the lessons are now currently suspended. See the full story on that situation on the Home Page. The Executive has continued to Zoom regularly, to try to keep on top of the ever evolving rules that misact the Club.

Steve Spracklin met with Jennifer O’Meara, a reporter with Clarington This Week to talk about our Covid-safe plans for our 75th season at the BTC.

You will notice some changes to the various pages on the website, mostly updating the information but one change is the way to contact us if you have questions. The Reply to Us/Comment Section has been removed as a number of queries were not being forwarded to the Club. If you have questions please contact us via email

Bowmanville Tennis Club

April 16, 2021

1) Effective tomorrow, April 17th the BTC Courts will be closed and no tennis is allowed.

2) This Stay at Home Order has been extended for an additional two weeks and at the moment is scheduled to be lifted on May 20, 2021.

Please stay safe and healthy and we hope to start seeing all of you on the courts on or about May 20th.

April 8, 2021

Please refer to the updated information on the Home Page and the Download Sections. The BTC is currently restricted to Singles Only. There is mandatory screening and you must book courts using the Squashnut Booking System.

March 29, 2021

The website should be back up, there are more updates to come in the following weeks as programing gets added. Remember to get your forms and fees in by May 1 to maintain your membership.

While you are completing your forms, try to catch some of the Miami Open Tennis. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Felix yesterday who lost in a two set tiebreaker to John Isner, a great match. On a positive side Bianca won a tight three match thriller to Amanda Anisimova to advance to the Round of 16. She takes on the 12th seed Garabine Muguruza tonight after 8:30 pm.

On the men’s side Milos takes on the 20th seed Ugo Humbert at 11:00 am this morning and Denis takes on the 26th seed Hubert Hurkacz in the second match after 11:00 am this morning (different court than Milos’ match. All matches are on TSN.

March 28, 2021

If you notice that pages are disappearing from the BTC website, don’t worry, they are being updated as we speak and will be back on line tomorrow (if all things work according to plan!). Have a great weekend folks.

March 27, 2021

It has been awhile since this page had any additions, and it has been quite the year. For the BTC we had a successful 2020 season, one which saw some losses (Junior Program) but also some gains (Squashnut Booking System, Singles Ladder). The Executive has been and continues to be active in planning for the 2021 Season. We anticipate updating the website at the beginning of next week and an emailed communication to Members at the same time. The initial communication will provide information about Registration, Covid 19 Waiver and preliminary information on programing at the Courts for 2021. The programing is still evolving, so we ask for your continued patience as things develop. In particular we anticipate news related to Junior programing in the coming weeks! Meanwhile take in TSN’s coverage of the Miami Open, lots of Canadians in the mix Bianca Andreescu; Milos Ranoic; Denis Shapovalov; Felix Auger Aliassime

May 28, 2020

Good afternoon,

It has been great seeing so many members out on the courts playing Singles and hitting the tennis balls. I know many of you are wishing for Doubles and hopefully we will get there soon. As you know the Province extended its emergency decree until June 9th so we have a little bit of a wait. In the meantime continue to get out and enjoy the fresh air and some friendly Singles matches. The Club continues to work towards a Members Booking System and we hope to soon share information with the paid membership. If you have not paid your membership, go to the Downloads Section for information on how to join and pay. Remember any questions, shoot us an email at

May 21, 2020

Good morning

Just returned from testing the BTC Courts. Great job getting the nets up and a shout out to Carmen for the patching jobs. Please remember the following, 1) Follow the Guidelines 2) Pay your Fees 3) Bring the Hand Sanitizer 4) Singles play only, no doubles 5) Mark your tennis balls 6) No advance booking 7) Limit your play to 1 hour from your start of play if others are waiting 8) Wait outside the courts. Have fun.

May 20, 2020 – Good news the following was just emailed to the past and current members of the Bowmanville Tennis Club. The courts will be opening tomorrow subject to the guidelines outlined below. Remember you must pay your fees. Singles Play only – No Doubles and you are responsible for reading and following the Guidelines.

May 20, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I’m sure most if not all past members have read Denis’ e-mail regarding the Club’s response to Ontario allowing the opening of tennis courts beginning Tuesday, May 19th. His e-mail to the membership outlines the steps being followed by the Bowmanville Tennis Club to safely open the courts. As he indicates, the Club Directors have been virtually meeting on an ongoing basis to develop guidelines to facilitate the return to play. Once finalized the guidelines will be shared with the members. We also are waiting to get the go ahead from the Municipality of Clarington. In terms of registration, a new registration form is included with Denis’ email which indicates that this year there will be no late fee assessed, if you have already paid your dues, this does not impact you. If you are new to the community, new to tennis or we have missed you on the e-mail list contact me at

and I will make sure you get the relevant information.

March 25, 2020

Hi everyone,

The Municipality of Clarington has announced “All municipal playgrounds, play structures, skateboard parks, basketball and tennis courts, and sports fields are closed until further notice.” In the interest of public safety and everyone’s health the BTC Executive has made the decision to temporarily close the courts. We will be taking down the net and there will be a sign posted at the court. We are optimistic that this will be a temporary measure and once the curve has been flattened we will be able to get back to playing. I would refer you to for updated information from the Municipality of Clarington.

March 13, 2020

As with other sports, all ATP and WTA tennis tournaments are on hold for awhile as a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).

For up to date information in Ontario please visit the following Ontario Ministry of Health Website

Remember avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

The latest ATP and WTA rankings are available from the ATP and WTA websites. Canada is well represented

ATP Singles

16 Denis Shapovalov 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime 30 Milos Ranoic 93 Vasek Pospisil 165 Steven Diax 176 Brayden Schnur

ATP Doubles

44 Denis Shapovalov 169 Peter Polansky 171 Adil Shamasdin 200 Vasek Pospisil 307 Felix Auger-Aliassime

WTA Singles

6 Bianca Andreescu 118 Leylah Fernandez 267 Katherine Sebov 296 Rebecca Marino

WTA Doubles

7 Gabriela Dabrowski 48 Sharon Fichman 291 Leylah Fernandez 1231 Bianca Andreescu

UpComing Tournaments

The next two major tournaments in the WTA Tour are Guadalajara March 16-21st and Miami March 25-April 5

March 9th 2020

The next tournament in the ATP Tour is Miami March 25-April 5

Indian Wells 2020 which was scheduled to start this week has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Our Canadian superstar Bianca Andreescu is still injured and would not have been unable to defend her 2019 title. It would have been up to our rising superstar Leylah Annie Fernandez (Laval Quebec) on the lady’s side. Competing on the men’s side was to have been the strong quartet of Milos Ranoic (Thornhill Ontario); Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver British Columbia); Felix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal Quebec) and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill Ontario). At this time the organizers are looking at their options as to when the tournament might be played. These options are somewhat limited because of the tight ATP and WTA schedules and the hot summer months in the desert. The next big tournament on the schedule, The Miami Open (later this month) could also be in danger of being postponed.

March 8, 2020

Denis Beaulieu our incoming Club President sent out a Members Update by email yesterday to the membership. If you are a member and did not receive it send me an email at so we can update the membership list. Below is a summary of the update.


Based on the hard work completed by the board in January and February some action steps have been approved and are now in motion. Other projects will be updated with the next report.


Although the donation requests were below our target, the board decided that the courts require re-surfacing this year.


Light issues have reached a critical point and steps are being taken to have repairs completed for the start of the season. This will require the assistance of members in order to keep costs down.


The calendar will be delayed until mid April as certain events including down time for re-surfacing are in the process of being confirmed.


An updated financial report will be provided with the April Members’ update.   

  • New Board Members: Terry Klawitter, Mackenzie Gunn.
  • Retiring Board Member and retiring President: Kem Majid.
  • In Coming President: Denis Beaulieu.

Do not hesitate to contact any board member with questions and ideas.

March 7, 2020

Live sporting events like tennis do not always start as scheduled, although the tournament site did say not before 8PM (EST). The Fernandez-Svitolina match did get underway about 9PM (EST) and although the match did not end the way we might have liked (Svitolina 6-4; 7-5), Fernandez can be proud of the match she played. 2020 is shaping up to be the second year in a row that a Canadian tennis player has shaken up the WTA world. The next scheduled tournament is Indian Wells March 9-22, 2020, both WTA and ATP

March 6, 2020

Looking at the forecast, 1C with wintry mix expected, tennis at our courts does not appear likely. A reminder that Mackenzie and June will be at the Sports and Leisure Fair this Sunday (March 8th). Drop in and say hi.

However, as a good alternative later today try to catch the match at the WTA tournament in Monterrey, Mexico. Canadian Leylah Fernandez will be continuing her remarkable 2020 run into the quarterfinal against the number 1 seed Elina Svitolina. The match is scheduled to start not before 8PM EST.

This is the first meeting between the 17 year old Fernandez and Svitolina and on paper it would seemingly be an easy victory for Svitolina as the ranking positions are 7-126. Appearances can be deceiving as Fernandez will undoubtedly continue her rise in the rankings after defeating American Sloane Stephens in the Round of 16.

Fernandez began the year ranked 209, rising to 126 after losing to Heather Watson of Great Britain in the finals of the WTA tournament in Acapulco the previous week.

Fernandez began the year ranked 209, rising to 126 after losing to Heather Watson of Great Britain in the finals of the WTA tournament in Acapulco the previous week.Fernandez began the year ranked 209, rising to 126 after losing to Heather Watson of Great Britain in the finals of the WTA tournament in Acapulco the previous week.

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