• August 27, 2014 7:00 AM
  • - Sports

Canadian Tennis Centre to Host Matches at TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games

Tickets available September 15; affordably priced from $30 to $45

TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Top tennis aces will come out swinging to win at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games on the world-class hard courts known to fans of the sport everywhere as the Toronto home of Canada's annual ATP World Tour and WTA Tour tournaments.

Located on the campus of York University and owned by Tennis Canada, the venue will be known at Games time as the Canadian Tennis Centre. The Centre, a favourite of the world's top touring professional players, features 12 outdoor courts. It will showcase 80 top tennis players, 40 men and 40 women, from the Americas and Caribbean competing in five events from July 11 to 16, 2015.

Tickets for the Pan Am Games, including tennis for $30 to $45, will be available to the public starting at 10 a.m. (ET) on Monday, September 15. For more information, including the Pan Am competition schedule and Ticketing Program Guide, visit TORONTO2015.org/tickets.

"We're pleased to confirm the Canadian Tennis Centre will host the best Pan American tennis players at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games," said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). "This is a world-class facility and the action here will be incredible next summer during the Games."

Kelly D. Murumets, president and chief executive officer of Tennis Canada, added: "Tennis is becoming increasingly popular in Canada, driven in large part by the recent successes of Canadian players on the international stage. It's exciting to build on that momentum and continue to grow the sport here in Canada by hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games — a key international tennis event, especially for up-and-coming tennis stars."

Tennis has been a part of the Pan Am sport schedule since the first edition of the Games in 1951, with the exception of 1971. At the Guadalajara 2011 Games, Colombia won two gold in men's singles and men's doubles, while the United States (women's singles), Argentina (women's doubles) and Mexico (mixed doubles) each took a single gold.

"Our Canadian tennis players have produced some very exciting moments this year and we expect that trend to continue next summer during the 2015 Pan American Games," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "Our Government is a proud supporter of the TORONTO 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, and we look forward to cheering on our Canadian athletes as they challenge for the podium at home in front of enthusiastic fans at the Canadian Tennis Centre."

Canadian tennis players have stood on the podium at least three times at the Pan Am Games. Robert Bédard won silver in men's singles at the 1959 Games in Chicago, while Faye Urban and Vicki Berner (women's doubles) took bronze in Winnipeg in 1967. Renata Kolbovic and Aneta Soukup (women's doubles) also won bronze when the Games returned to Winnipeg in 1999.

"Staging the Pan Am Games in Ontario is showcasing premier sport facilities in our province and demonstrating our ability to be an outstanding destination for international sporting events," said Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games. "The tennis competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games is sure to be exciting and we look forward to cheering on our country's best athletes as they compete to win on home soil."

"Toronto is proud to be the Host City of the 2015 Pan Am Games and to have exciting sports such as tennis taking place in our city next summer. These Games will be a unique experience for athletes and spectators alike. I invite all Torontonians to be a part of these spectacular Games and to invite friends and family to our great city next summer," said Mayor Rob Ford, City of Toronto.

About TO2015

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) is tasked with managing and delivering the Games. It is working to bring some of the world's best athletes and artists to the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, giving Ontarians a unique chance to be part of the action, and making the region a hub for sport.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–15.

For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Teddy Katz, Director, media relations and chief spokesperson, TO2015, 416.957.2117, teddy.katz@toronto2015.org