The Court Newsletter

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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