Jack Graham: 'Even people who don't follow tennis know Bianca Andreescu'

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Jack Graham: 'Even people who don't follow tennis know Bianca Andreescu'

It has been an incredible year for Canadian tennis so far, on both ATP and WTA level. Bianca Andreescu became the first Grand Slam singles champion from Canada and the winner of home Canada Open, with the first ATP title for Denis Shapovalov and the first ATP finals for Felix Auger-Aliassime and Brayden Schnur.

Also, the Canadian Davis Cup squad is through to the semi-final at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid for the best possible season finale. Back in Canada, things are looking better than ever for the future of tennis, with many kids embracing the sport and dreaming about big titles and trophies.

The Atlantic Tennis Centre in Halifax will provide the best possible facilities for them to chase dreams, with the brand-new $10.8M facility that contains 18 courts (six outdoor and 12 indoor) ready to kick off in May 2020.

The Centre is currently operating with a six-court dome structure on Verdi Drive in Bedford Commons and that will all change in half a year, with the organizers keen to keep participation costs as low as possible. Also, the new Atlantic Tennis Centre will be equipped to host tennis tournaments at all levels, with juniors and pros fighting for titles and notable results.

"We couldn't even host a regional junior tournament in Halifax right now," said Jack Graham, chair of the board for the Atlantic Tennis Centre. "We are in dire need of this new facility. Tennis is one of the greatest lifelong sports, you can start playing at five years old and play well into your eighties.

There are competitions - locally and globally - for players up to age 85. This will be a one-of-a-kind tennis facility in Canada and the largest one east of Montreal. We believe this is an important infrastructure for our city and our province.

It's going to be making tennis accessible to people in underserved areas who may not otherwise get a chance to play. This will change the game for local tennis and we are excited for people to come out, see what's happening and hopefully consider joining the Atlantic Tennis Centre.

Even people who don't follow tennis know who Bianca is. Canadian tennis has some of the most exciting players in the world, which is driving interest. Tennis is a year-round sport that's growing significantly, and the demand for an indoor tennis facility has never been greater."