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Junior Tennis at the
Rideau Sports Centre






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RSC is thrilled to announce our Junior Tennis Programs Line-up for the 2021/2022 Season commencing in September.  This positions RSC as the leading Junior Tennis Development Centre in Ottawa.

RSC Junior Tennis programs will use the Kids’ Tennis approach which has been formally adopted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is generally accepted as the best means to develop young players.  RSC will offer after school and weekend options for all ages. From Learn to Play to High Performance, no matter what level or age of any child, there is a program in RSC’s pathway thats right for you.  (Click here for an in-depth PDF to learn more)



Junior Recreational Registration

  •  Click here to register/ login
    •  In person out front of the centre (1 Donald Street)
    • Tennis Pros will be on site for tennis specific questions 10:00AM-4:00PM
  • This registration will not require a tryout but for certain programs there will be a minimum skill requirement

Junior Competitive & High Performance Registration

  • Programs will require a tryout/assessment by our High Performance coaching team
  • Registration will happen once you have secured a position on the team


U7 Prospects Team | Monday, July 26 | 4:30-5:30pm | Register Here
U9-U10 | Friday, July 23 5:00-6:00pm & 6:00 – 7:00pm | Register here
U12-U18 Thursday, July 22 6:00 – 7:30pm & 7:30 -9:00pm Register here

***There is a $10 fee for tryouts, payable at registration.

Registration for Junior Competitive & High Performance tryouts is now open. Program spots are limited and require minimum 4 times per week training and matchplay. These tryouts are for highly committed players and families only.




Coaching Team

We are thrilled to announce our highly experienced team of new and familiar faces, all of whom are superstars in the Ottawa tennis community.

John Wins-Purdy, Tennis Director 

John served as the Director of Tennis at St. James Tennis Club in the Glebe, Ottawa, between 2009-2016, and as the first Ottawa Regional Coordinator for the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) and Tennis Canada between 2013-2016. Here he led Little Aces and Capital Kids which introduced tennis to tens of thousands of kids in our region in schools, clubs and on municipal courts. A former University varsity player, he competes regularly in the region and is former Elmdale Open, Rideau Indoor Open and Ottawa City Champion.

John will be responsible for driving the RSC tennis strategy and developing programs for all ages and abilities. On court, John will be leading Kids’ Tennis programs with a focus on Red Ball programming. His special brand of enthusiasm, encouragement, and patience serves to build confidence and instill a passion for tennis in all his students.

Rachel Cruickshank, Head of Competitive Development

As a player for over 25 years, Rachel has competed at the local, provincial, national and international level, winning over 10 Ottawa City Championship titles, achieving a top 10 women’s open ranking in Ontario, a top 20 women’s open ranking in Canada, and competed in several International Tennis Federation (ITF) events and most recently capturing 3 senior ITF singles titles.

Rachel will be leading the development the Junior Competitive and High Performance structure at RSC which will include the U7 Prospects team, U9/U10 Next Gen teams, U12-U18 High Performance teams and the Competitive Teen group.


Alex Harea, Head of Junior Development

Alex grew up playing competitively at a provincial level and developed a passion for teaching early on in his life. At age 15 he started as a tennis camp instructor, and by age 18 he was leading junior recreational and competitive programs at the Carleton Tennis Centre. Over the past 8 years, Alex has been leading Little Aces in elementary schools, progressive tennis leagues at Carleton, and afterschool programs at St. James Tennis Club, where he is currently the Director of Tennis. As Head of Junior Development at RSC, Alex is excited to use his experience and expertise to grow the sport and develop the next generation of young tennis players in Ottawa. Alex is a sponsored pro with Wilson Canada, and Tennis Canada Club Pro 2 certified.

Alex will drive the transformation of RSC into a leading tennis centre specializing in high quality Kids’ Tennis programming for children under 12. He will lead most on court groups in the junior recreational program this fall and be the point person for all junior recreational communications.


Sacha Krishna, Head Pro

Sacha has been coaching Tennis players in both private and group settings for over 17 years in Ottawa and at Rideau Sports Centre. A Club Pro 2 Certified Coach from Tennis Canada, Sacha has students ranging from 5 to 95, and a highly adaptable style to fit the needs of any student. Sacha is also a regular competitor in tournaments across Ottawa. He took home the 2015 Elmdale Doubles Championship and was a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Rideau Indoor Open.

In addition to leading the Adult Programming portfolio at RSC, Sacha will be leading the Competitive Teen group this fall. Sacha always ensures a positive learning environment for his students, bringing an obvious passion for the game along with his contagious energy to each session he teaches.

Jeremy Gibbens-Schneider, High Performance Coach

Jeremy began playing tennis at the age of 10. By the age of 12 he was invited by Tennis Canada to train at the National Training Centre in Toronto. Jeremy competed in several National and International competitions including Rogers Junior National Championships U14, U16, U18, and ITF Gatineau Futures.

After returning from NCAA in January 2015, Jeremy continued his passion for tennis and began his career coaching. Using the first-hand knowledge acquired through high performance from his time spent as a player training with world renowned coaches such as Rick Macci, Bob Brett, and Heath Waters, he has already demonstrated an ability to produce national-level players.

Jeremy has been leading all High Performance camps this summer and will be coaching the U12-U18 High Performance teams in the fall.

Tait Becke, High Performance Coach & Tennis Professional

Tait Becke has been coaching tennis for five years, mostly with the Noble Tennis School at the former OAC where he completed an extensive coach apprenticeship program and was involved in all aspects of the school ranging from ITF players to progressive tennis programs involving four to six year olds. In the autumn of 2020, Tait joined the Rideau Sports Centre and began working with both high performance and recreational players. On court, Tait looks forward to sharing his energy and passion for the game with players of all levels. He brings an intense focus to both the development of technical skills and the competitive spirit required to succeed at all levels.

As a player, Tait’s highlights include being seeded in city championships, winning club championships, and being a regular hitting partner with many of Ottawa’s top players. Off the court, Tait has a diverse athletic background including competing in Ontario championships for track, cross country skiing, and cross country running. He spent six years in the United Kingdom studying music, during which time he played semi-professional soccer. Tait also played two seasons of professional ultimate frisbee for the Ottawa Outlaws.

Tait is coaching High Performance summer camps and will be coaching the U9-U14 High Performance teams as well as other junior recreational groups in the fall.



RSC’s Guide to Junior Tennis can be found here. It has information on all Junior Recreational Programs including pricing, schedules and more!

If you have any questions regarding junior programming, please contact:

Junior Competitive & High Performance:
Rachel Cruickshank, Head of Competitive Development |

Junior Recreational:
Alex Harea, Head of Junior Development |

We can’t wait to see you on the courts!

– The RSC Tennis Team




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