Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Karl Hale Named Toronto Rogers Cup Tournament Director

Tennis Canada announced that Karl Hale is the new Tournament Director for the Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament in Toronto for 2007, replacing Grant Connell, who resigned to concentrate on his real estate business and to help his wife raise the twins she's expecting in February.

As new tournament director, Karl will lead all player relations, act as the official spokesperson for the Rogers Cup held in Toronto, and liaise with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and ATP. He will represent Tennis Canada at tour-related meetings and functions.

Karl will continue in his role as the head racquets professional at the prestigious Donalda Club in Toronto, where he has held the position since 2003. Interestingly enough, this Club is literally on my doorstep, but chance of me ever becoming a member there are remote due to the Club's exclusivity.

Karl has been involved in tennis for quite some time, both as a player and a tennis professional. From 1986-1992, Karl was a top-ranked Canadian player and ATP ranked. He also represented Jamaica in the Davis Cup for 10 years as a player and a coach. He was honoured as the first Canadian to capture the International Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Professional of the Year award. This past summer, he was the tournament director of the Celebrity Tennis Challenge for Jane/Finch Kids during the Rogers Cup presented by American Express. He founded and developed the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity event which has raised more than $300,000 in the event's first four years in support of the Tennis Canada's Go for Gold Olympic program and North York General Hospital. He also founded the Helping Hands Foundation Charity for Jamaican Hospitals and Schools. He also spent tennis time overseas, coaching in Tokyo, Japan for five years, working at the prestigious Kashiwa Lawn Tennis Club teaching adults and juniors. He worked with several Top 50 players, including former No. 1 Monica Seles in 1995.

Assuming that I will be volunteering at tennis tournament again this upcoming year, I look forward to working with Karl.

For more information, please see the press release at Tennis Canada's website.

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