Ace performance at the Mike Yuval Tennis Classic
With 64 players and the support of generous sponsors, this year’s edition raised nearly $33,000 for Maccabi Canada’s Adopt an Athlete program. This brings the total for the three years under Chuck Spector’s chairmanship, since participating in the 19th Maccabiah Games in 2013, to over $111,000.
The Mike Yuval Tennis Classic, directed by Greg Boire, has become the Quebec Region’s marquee fundraiser. Players were treated to an exciting day of action both on and off the court.
Maccabiah athletes, both past and present, were on hand, including special guest: WTA professional and 2005 Maccabiah Games gold medalist Sharon Fichman.
Offering a sneak preview for next summer’s games, three members of Team Canada’s Junior Tennis team: Chloe Fellen, Luka Hollinger and Sarah Levy joined in on the action, along with several Masters athletes: Brahm Faber, Gerald Fried, Paul Horowitz, Paul Lowenstein, Mark Rabinovitch, and Sandor Steinberg; all of whom will be part of the Canadian delegation. The future of Maccabi Canada was represented by Ben Strauber and 11 year old Daniella Miller.
Through the generosity of Mike Yuval, the Tennis Classic has called the Nun’s Island Tennis Club it’s home for the past 15 years. Over the course of the afternoon, participants played doubles tennis on eight courts, with a ninth being reserved for clinics.
Ensuring such a successful event is due in large part to the tireless efforts of its chairs, Chuck Spector and Jeff Friedman and their organizing committee: Francine Brock, Brahm Faber, Nancy Krychman, Sandor Steinberg, Tina Baldin, Leon Elfassy, Heidi Fischel, Greg Boire, Norman Katz, Sam Gold, Sam Segal, Mark Singer, Daniel Smajovits and Teddy Miller.
In addition to an exciting afternoon of tennis, participants were treated to a wonderful array of food and drink as well as had the opportunity to participate in a raffle and a silent auction, featuring amazing items such as a host of Tennis Canada items, donated by Irwin Tobias, 2017 Rogers Cup experiences and a host of gift cards and items.
“The Mike Yuval Tennis Classic is and has been for years extremely successful due to the generosity of Mike Yuval and the committed hard work of many volunteers who help spread the message of strengthening Jewish identity and pride through sports. The Mike Yuval Tennis Classic is a major fundraiser that provides financial assistance for our athletes to achieve their goal of competing for Canada at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. The Montreal community is a vital part of the Maccabi family and has been remarkable in supporting the annual Mike Yuval Tennis Classic and Maccabi activities in Quebec”, added Tommy Bacher, President of Maccabi Canada.