The Kunstadt Open Tennis Tournament will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. How time flies when you’re having fun! We started quite small 21 years ago when our Ron Kunstadt just “had an idea”. The Kunstadt family and our great team at Kunstadt Sports immediately threw their support behind it, we invited our tennis friends and associates and the first Annual Kunstadt Open Tennis Tournament was an instant success. Our tournaments attract elite Canadian tennis players. Dale Power, the former Canadian Davis Cup team member, participated in the inaugural tournament and continued year after year until the day his tennis pro career took him to Toronto a few years ago. Dale also brought his former Davis Cup doubles’ partner Jim Boyce to a number of Kunstadt Opens. Toronto’s Andrew Sznajder, another Kunstadt Open Alumni, was for a long time considered to be the best tennis player Canada has ever produced. We all still remember Andrew impressing us all with his refined tennis. Young Canadian elite athletes brought a lot of life and excitement to our tournament. Just think of Adam Baranowski of Toronto and David Kepka of Kitchener. Or how about Michal Ciszek of Montreal?! On the ladies’ side, Gabriela Dabrowski went on to play international professional tennis; Maria Klokotzky and Eva Januskova have great careers as tennis pros, Aleksandra Paliga is now a medical doctor and Elisabeth Fournier plays semi-professional University tennis in the USA. Every year, we attract an increasing number of big tennis names and we fully expect this trend to continue.
We also hosted famous athletes from other sports. We remember Vasek Pospisil, a professional hockey player on the Ottawa Senators team and his feisty matches. We have also been lucky to see Jon Landon, the ex-Toronto Argonaut play some good rounds in the Kunstadt Open.
There are only two players besides our Ron Kunstadt who played in every Kunstadt Open Tennis Tournament. Zhenia Kondratovsky is a past junior champion of Russia. Now, he is the head teaching pro at the Rideau Tennis Club. The other loyal tennis player who played in every Kunstadt Open is Billy MacEachern. Fans will remember Billy’s epic match last year that became the fans’ favourite which lasted 3 ½ hours and ended in Billy’s victory by a score of 7-5; 5-7; 7-5.
Thanks to the March Tennis Club for making their courts available to the Kunstadt Open players in the early rounds and Myers Volkswagen, CopiExpert and Ottawa Sports & Social Club for their sponsorship. The tournament draw and results can be viewed at http://www.tennis-draws.com in real time.