HALL OF FAME

Players

Jim Boyce

Jim Boyce, along with his family, lived in Guildwood, and was one of the first members of the new Kiwaniwood Tennis Club (now the Guildwood Tennis Club) that opened in 1970.

 

Jim went on to have an extensive and impressive history in tennis:

  • as a teenager, he served as captain of the Canadian team for the World Junior Championships;

  • he won 5 National Junior Championship titles.

 

He was awarded a full tennis scholarship to Mississippi State University and he was an all South Eastern Conference player.

As an adult, Jim was:

  • The Canadian Men's singles and doubles champion in 1976

  • Competitor on the Canadian Davis Cup team

  • 19-time national champion.

  • He also represented Canada once again as a member of the Over-55 team during the 2009 Austria Cup in Mallorca, Spain.

 

Jim's credentials extend to coaching as well.

  • He has been a certified Level 3 coach since 1984;

  • The coach of the Canadian National team at the World Junior Championships in 1983 and 1985

  • Awarded Team Canada's coach of the Year for Grassroots Development in 1989.

Some of Jim's other accomplishments include:

  • Chair of the 1980 Davis Cup Tie

  • Senior Tennis Professional at Toronto Lawn Tennis Club (1980 to 1990)

  • Board member of Sport 4 Ontario as well as Sport Alliance of Ontario

  • Chair of the Doug Philpott Inner-City Children's Fund which provides kids in need with free tennis lessons and equipment.

 

Jim took on the position of Chair of the Central Region on the Ontario Tennis Association in 1996. He was Executive Director for marketing in 1997, where he was the project leader of the first web-based dynamic ranking system in Canada (Baseline), which was completed in 2002 and is used by all provincial tennis associations across the country and by Tennis Canada.
He currently is responsible for the overall management of the Ontario Tennis Association, with a specific focus on the establishment and enhancement of the OTA's revenue streams.

Jim's illustrious career and his dedication to the game of tennis makes him a very worthy inductee to the Guildwood Tennis Club's Hall of Fame.

Victor Krustev

Our Club is proud to have served as the home base for Victor Krustev to first learn how to play tennis.He began playing tennis at the age of 4 at Guildwood Tennis Club, under the tutelage of the Club Pro, Marina Pereira.He started to play OTA tournaments when he was 7 years old. In 2008 he won the first edition of the Roman Cup in Ottawa.At the age of 9, Victor was invited to join Tennis Canada under the guidance of Bob Brett, Guram Kostava, Guillaume Marx and other best coaches.

 

Victor went on to play in many international tournaments in Europe, North America, South America, and Central America:

  • He was a finalist at the ITF G4 Junior event in Vancouver

  • He took home the doubles trophy at the G5 tournament in Edmonton

  • He reached the doubles' Semifinals at the ITF Pan-American championships in Tulsa.

  • He took home top honours in singles and doubles at the U14 Bambini Cup in Austria.

  • One of his best success was at the prestigious Open Super 12 in Auray, France - he was a finalist in singles and doubles.

  • He was OTA Champion in singles and doubles.

His most notable achievements were winning the U12, U14, U16 and U18 Canadian National Championships singles as well as doubles. Victor follows in the footsteps of other great Canadian tennis players such as Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, Vasek Pospisil, Denis Shapovalov and other great players who have won the same event.U12, U14, U16 and U18 Canadian National ChampionshipsHis most notable achievements were winning the 


Victor's favourite shot is the forehand; his favourite players are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer.

After graduating high school from Bill Crother's Secondary School, Victor accepted a full scholarship to play and study at the University of California Santa Barbara in the USA. UCSB is renowned for academic standards and division 1 NCAA tennis team. When he is home in the summer, Victor has played for our A1 team here in Guildwood.

We wish Victor great success in his future studies and in his tennis career.

"I met Victor when he was 4 years old. I immediately saw that this 4-year boy is a future pro. This was a boy with immense talent and a natural sense of tennis. His face was showed the necessary fight to persevere and win. That was an intensity only seen in the top professional tennis players. Integrity and fairness, never cheating - this is Victor! He loved nothing but tennis."

- Marina Pereira, Victor's first coach
- Scott Fraser - Former Ontario Tennis Association President

"... In the case of Victor, he has now been invited by Tennis Canada to attend the National Training Centre in Montreal full time! I saw that spark in Victor when he was seven, and now he has the opportunity to go to the next level in this great sport. What an accomplishment. Congratulations to Victor and all the aspiring young players."

Builders

Bill & Louise Schachow

Guildwood Tennis Club would like to recognize Bill and Louise Schachow for their roles as Builders of the Guildwood Tennis Club (originally named Kiwaniwood Tennis Club). Bill Schachow volunteered to be the main spokesperson for the Guildwood Community Association in the late 60`s, together with John McMillan of the South Kiwanis Club. They, as part of a group of volunteers representing the residents of Guildwood and Markham Bluffs, worked hard to persuade the City of Scarborough to build a recreational facility in the Guildwood Community.

 

Bill became the frontman by galvanizing public support for some kind of recreational project, emphasizing especially the need for local children and teenagers to have a sports facility. The original proposal called for tennis courts, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, and a skating rink. Bill wrote regular articles for the Guildwood News and Views, persuading many people to volunteer their services by canvassing every home in the neighborhood to raise money to demonstrate local residents` desire and commitment to the cause. The residents raised $8000. The City of Scarborough matched that amount, with the rest of the funds coming from a Wintario grant and $3000 donated by the South Kiwanis Club.

 

Bill dealt directly with Scarborough Parks and Recreation, as well as the contractor who was hired to build Phase 1 of the project:

  • three tennis courts;

  • the lights;

  • surrounding fences.

 

The Kiwaniwood Courts were officially opened on July 27, 1970. Bill Schachow was the first President, and Louise was the first Treasurer. Louise Schachow also organized Ladies` Team tennis two mornings a week. The Kiwaniwood Tennis Club had 600 paid members that first year, with a waiting list to join. Bill and Louise and the rest of the Executive designed a thriving tennis program with offerings for men, ladies, juniors, as well as a competitive ladder competition. A fourth court was added a few years later to replace the horseshoe pit. The City eventually decided that the park at Elizabeth Simcoe School was too small to accommodate a pool, and so the pool was added instead to Wilfred Laurier Highschool in 1972.

Bill and Louise continued to serve on the Kiwaniwood Tennis Executive for the next 32 years, serving on the Executive in various positions from President to Secretary to Treasurer to Leagues and Tournament. Their dedication, energy, and leadership contributed greatly to the success of the Club over the years. Bill was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1998 by the Scarborough Tennis Federation. Bill and Louise moved to Pickering in 2002. Kiwaniwood was renamed Guildwood Tennis Club in 2008 to create greater awareness in the community.

We salute the vital role that Bill and Louise played in the development of the Guildwood Tennis Club, and are proud to induct them into our Hall of Fame.

Guildwood Tennis Club is a club run under the auspices of the City of Toronto. It is a member of the Scarborough Tennis Federation and the Ontario Tennis Association.

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