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Whether you are a beginner or accomplished player looking to improve your skills, our Certified Pros offer private and group lessons customized to your needs.

Chris Ancrum
Head Coach

Chris Ancrum has been a resident of Baie-D’Urfé for the past 24 years. He has been teaching tennis since the age of 16. He started his career at the West Island tennis club where he taught tennis during the period of 1990 – 2010. He is currently part of the Club Sportif Côte de Liesse professional teaching staff.

Chris graduated from Catawba College in North Carolina with a degree in sports management. He was on the President’s and Dean’s lists of Honor for academic achievements. He attended the school on a scholarship where he played #2 Singles and #1 Doubles during the three years on the tennis team. During that time his achievements include Captain of the Team, Most Valuable Player and he made the All-District Team. Currently Chris holds numerous team records for single season and career winning percentages.    

Over his 30-year teaching career Chris’ responsibilities included coaching all levels of ladies interclub to numerous championship seasons in the highly competitive Tennis Féminin Interclub Montréal league.  

Early in his career Chris was heavily involved with coaching juniors of all levels – from beginner to provincially- and nationally-ranked players.       

As part of the John Abbott College coaching staff, Chris helped lead the Islanders to six provincial championships in the ten years with the team including a 5-year undefeated streak.

Chris continuously looks to broaden his knowledge of the game of tennis. On regular basis he attends conferences and workshops. He is affiliated with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) – an international teaching association where he is certified as a National Clinician and Tester and has certified over 100 tennis instructors. He has also achieved certification as a High-performance and “10 and under” coach at the Professional level.

On a personal note, Chris has been married to his wife Maria for 25 years, enjoys the outdoors and travelling, is an avid runner and loves to BBQ.   

Frank Hornig

A senior teaching professional at Baie-D'Urfé Tennis Club, Frank is a 30-plus year veteran of the tennis teaching industry and the only 1989 Magna cum Laude graduate of the Tennis Tech program (Tyler Junior College, Texas), the world's first two-year degree program for tennis teaching professionals.  Since then, Frank has taught thousands of West Islanders.  From 1992-98 he was Tennis Director at Club Mirabel, from 1999-2008 senior teaching professional at Club West Island. He has also been a senior teaching professional at Club CDL since 2008.

A development and technical specialist, Frank can identify  inefficient movements causing repetitive motion injuries and help players of all levels with stroke development and reprogramming in order to play pain and injury free. Local CEGEPs have recruited nearly three dozen juniors from Frank's development programs, several of whom went on to play NCAA Division 1 & 2 tennis.

Tennis Canada Coach 2, Member TPA Canada, USTA (Lifetime) Member

Junior Lessons

Lessons are offered for all ages up to age 18. Use link to sign up.

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Daphne Heselton
Daphne started her tennis career at the young age of 5, she took her very first lesson at the Baie-D’urfé Tennis Club on court 1. Over the years of having fun with the sport Daphne grew a passion for tennis and later entered into John Rennie High School’s Sport-Study program where she trained and competed in tournaments for 5 years. Daphne began coaching at the age of 16, teaching both kids and adults. She is certified with an Adult Development Coaching certificate under the Professional Tennis Registry. Daphne is entering her 5th year of coaching at the Baie-D’urfé Tennis Club as Junior Pro. She also runs the Junior Interclub program and has helped bring the team to victory the last two seasons. Daphne’s coaching style reflects her 18 years of experience in the sport, it is a priority for her to see that the kids are happy and having fun all while developing their skills and abilities in a friendly and competitive environment. 
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