When it comes to Mini Rogers Cup, Max and Griffin certainly know the ropes. It’s their second year taking part in the recreational tournament aimed at getting kids under the age of 12 to start playing tennis, being active, and enjoying themselves. Max and Griffin were also part of the Mini Rogers Cup group invited to play last summer on floating courts in downtown Toronto.
The two were back at it last Saturday, when Kew Gardens Tennis Club, located in the beautiful Beaches community, hosted its Mini Rogers Cup event.
“The best part was the tennis,” said Griffin of last year’s experience. “We played with some people… Sean and some other guy.” A subtle prompt from Max’s mom helped trigger another memory, “Oh ya… and Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard in doubles.” The scrimmage, by the way, was won by Griffin and Genie.
Playing alongside two of Canada’s top tennis stars was described by both boys as “cool” and as the pair volunteered their opinions on Milos and Genie, they covered all the hot topics: from Raonic’s famous serve, to the addition of John McEnroe to his coaching staff, to Genie’s game as of late. It didn’t take long to catch on that these two youngsters are crazy about tennis.
A newcomer on the scene is Nathan. It’s his first year taking part in Mini Rogers Cup, as he only took up tennis about eight months ago. However, the sport already ranks alongside hockey and soccer as one of his favourites. “The best part [of tennis] is that you get to have fun playing it.”
Nathan loves watching his favourite tennis players, Bouchard and Raonic, “because they’re awesome and they’re Canadian.” Decked out in a Mini Rogers Cup headband, Nathan also discussed his own tennis goals. “I’m going to try and win a tournament one day.” He said, before adding, “maybe at Kew in the fall.”
Mini Rogers Cup events will be taking place at clubs throughout the summer in Ontario and Quebec, encouraging kids to get closer to the sport.
For more information on how to get involved, please visit rogerscup.com/mini-rogers-cup.