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posted Jun 11, 2019, 9:15 PM by Rose Paulgaard   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 9:17 PM ]
Tennis club prepares to play host for two provincial tournaments

June 11, 2019  l  Medicine Hat, Alberta

The start of summer promises to be an exciting time at Medicine Hat Tennis Club with big events on its calendar, including two provincial tournaments.

The Barrie Shave Tennis Classic returns for its 21st year from June 12 - 16 with one of the largest draws in the tournament’s history. With nearly 50 men’s and women’s teams registered for the competition, matches will get underway at the tennis club on Wednesday evening this week. In addition to five days of men’s and women’s doubles action, this tournament also serves as a fundraiser in memory of Barrie Shave, a tennis player and community volunteer who died in 1999 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. This event continues to give friends an opportunity to remember his many contributions for the betterment of the community and has raised over $125,000 to date for cancer research and junior tennis initiatives.

In addition to the annual club tournament schedule, MHTC is proud to play host to the Alberta Outdoor Junior Open from June 20 - 23 and the tennis events for the Alberta 55+ Games from July 4-7.

“This is an incredible opportunity to welcome the province to our club. Members of the Tennis Alberta organization have visited our facility in the past and were impressed by what they saw here,” says Ken Clement, MHTC’s general manager. “We were honoured to be asked to host this event, and look forward to watching top talent from across the province right here at home.”

Any junior players with their eye on competing at the national level will have to compete in this Tennis Alberta tour event, but the tournament has also opened up to local junior players looking for a new challenge. To date, four Medicine Hat Tennis Club juniors will take to the courts at this event.

The Alberta 55+ Games will follow just two weeks later with local doubles teams ready to compete. Sheila Reinheller and Wai Cheng Pretzlaw will represent the south zone 1 in women’s doubles and Craig Weich and Dave Reinheller will play on the men’s side. Two additional club members, Mark Thorogood and Kerry McDowell, will have the opportunity to play for Zone 2, which had no team representation for the tennis event.

For more information about the Medicine Hat Tennis Club, please visit or contact:


Ken Clement
General Manager, MHTC
Tel: 403.527.9102