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PROS AND LESSONS

At Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club, we offer lessons and instruction for every level of player. There are private, semi private and group lessons offered by each of our three pros and these are available for adult, senior and junior players.  Lessons and clinics are open to club members only.

 

For adults we also offer series of clinics throughout the season that cover many aspects of play from beginner to skilled level players. There are sessions that focus on doubles strategy to learning the game offered in these very popular series. Additionally, we regularly offer adult daytime summer camps to meet demand by members.

Find about our Junior Programs here.

PROS

Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club has a premium coaching team headed by Ryan Chow.  The team offers a range of instruction to all levels of players from juniors, adult and senior beginners to high level players.  SWCPTC offers private, semi private and group clinics regularly.

 

Tennis is a great sport and our teaching team is pleased to teach and help our members learn and enjoy the game.

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RYAN CHOW
HEAD PRO

We are excited to welcome back Ryan Chow as the Head Tennis Professional for the 2023 season. Ryan holds a Club Professional 3 and Coach 3 certification with Tennis Canada, in addition to a wheelchair tennis certification. Currently there are only 12 pros in the country currently holding both certifications! He is excited to share these skills and is looking forward to developing, organizing, and managing the coaching programs at Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club.

 

Ryan brings with him a wealth of experience and brings an integrated approach to help players develop. For the past 15 years, Ryan has worked with a wide range of levels from recreational to performance level players, captained junior intercounty/adult league teams and has been an integral part of numerous tennis clubs, nationally as well as internationally. He has toured with internationally ranked juniors who, while under his supervision, won an ITF event. Also, Ryan has helped local players with their annual plans for training periods and the building blocks to developing them into provincial and national level players. Several of these players are now competing or were competing for their respective universities in Canada and the US. Currently he spends his winters coaching at The Supreme Court working with the adult members, a select few progressive junior players, provincial ranked junior players and ranked senior players.  

 

Ryan most recently held the position as the Head Tennis Professional at Leaside Tennis Club (2012-2019). He has also worked with the Toronto Tennis Academy for over 10 years, and in 2011-12 worked with the Ontario National Training Centre’s Under 8 and Under 9 program. Ryan has worked abroad and has held the positions as Head Tennis Professional at Yellowknife Tennis Club (administered all NWT programs for the Territories tennis plan), and Assistant Tennis Professional for the Wanaka Tennis Club in New Zealand. 

 

As a player, Ryan competed on a tennis scholarship at Bloomsburg University in the US. During this time, Ryan helped his team earn a conference championships, reach the final 16 at the NCAA National Championships, and was become part of the All-Conference Team in both singles and doubles. After college Ryan traveled, playing professional tennis on the Futures Circuit and was ranked on the ATP Tour. At the moment he enjoys helping the sport grow, developing future players, and playing for fun in the Mayfair Pro League. He spends far too much time consumed by the Leafs, is a home chef, and likes the outdoors.

 

In 2023, Ryan looks forward to being engaged with the club’s members in creating with them a positive, enjoyable, and successful experience. There will be a systematic pathway to help the long-term development of both the beginner andcompetitive player. Feel free to chat about tennis if you see him around the club house or reach out via email to discuss your tennis goals, program questions and to book a lesson or find the right pro for your game!

 

headpro@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

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YIGIT GEDIKLI 
ASSISTANT PRO

Yigit will be the lead Assistant Pro for 2023 at SWCPTC. He is an experienced tennis player who has excelled in the area since his teen years, moving to Canada and training at the Toronto Tennis Academy at Mayfair. The last few years have seen him coaching players of all levels and most recently he has been coaching recreational and high performance players at Valan Tennis Academy in Vaughn. Formerly ranked in the top 75 in his home country Turkiye, Yigit is not only experienced as a competitive athlete but has hands on experience working with players of all abilities.  He is currently certified by Tennis Canada as an Instructor and is on track to finish Club Professional 1 in April 2023.

 

This season you will see Yigit involved daily in many of the adult clinics, junior programs, and is available for private lessons. He prioritizes creating a teaching environment where students feel supported and motivated so they are inspired to reach their fullest potential.

 

yigit.gedikli@hotmail.com

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MICHAEL POLISHCHUK 
ASSISTANT PRO

Back again for his second stint! Last season Michael took a gap year to finish his Real Estate licence and will be back at the club on a limited basis for 2023.

 

He is a certified Club Pro 1 with the TPA and a former junior national and international level tennis player. Michael has worked at various tennis clubs and programs in Toronto including the North York Tennis Association high-performance junior program. In addition to tennis, Michael also holds an advanced diploma in sport management from Humber College and has experience working in the marketing and partnerships field. Michael’s goal is to help players progress their game to the next level and he is excited to be a part of the Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club team. 

 

You will see him involved in junior programs, some of the adult programs and will be available for private lessons on a limited basis. Feel free to reach out to see if he has availability.

 

michaelpoltennis@gmail.com

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Thomas Lawlor is excited to be rejoining the Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club coaching team for his second season. He is a TPA certified tennis coach and former junior Nationals level player in Canada.

 

Thomas has coached for the past 9 years at multiple clubs around the city of Toronto, including working as Site Manager for the Doug Philpott Tennis Foundation, Assistant Coach at Leaside Tennis Club and coaching high performance players at Mayfair West.

 

Currently, in addition to teaching at SWCPTC, Thomas works as a junior development coach at the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto.

thomas_l17@rocketmail.com

THOMAS LAWLOR
ASSISTANT PRO

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Tom is a certified instructor with Tennis Canada. He grew up playing tennis at the Toronto Tennis Academy where he was a provincial and national level player. He went on to play NCAA Division 1 Tennis at Middle Tennessee.

 

He brings a caring, kind and even keel approach to learning and can help players from beginner to advanced. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to set up a lesson.

tomlegzdins94@gmail.com

TOM LEDGZINS
ASSISTANT PRO

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