Officials at the Calgary Tennis Club are hoping the history-making appearance of Ontario’s Milos Raonic in the Rogers Cup final will inspire more young Canadians to take up the sport.
Canada's top tennis player was the first Canuck to get to the final of the country's biggest tournament in 55 years.
Rafael Nadal beat him in just over an hour on Sunday, but by reaching the final Raonic will be ranked 10th in the world.
That achievement is inspiring young local players as the Calgary Tennis Club hosts an International Tennis Federation Futures Tournament until Sunday.
Mark MacConnell of the Calgary Tennis Club said Raonic’s high-calibre play has been good for the game.
"The city here is excited. We had matches going on here, there's people inside watching Rogers Cup at the same time."
Like Raonic, competitor Filip Peliwo, 19, has a powerful serve and he wants to follow in the 22-year-old’s footsteps.
"It's not like he was an unbelievable prodigy growing up. He just worked hard and got through it and did the right things," Peliwo said.
Up-and-comer Brayden Schnur recently got the chance to hone his skills alongside Raonic.
"I trained with him two weeks ago, actually. I had the opportunity to play with him for a week and [he’s] a really nice guy — gave me a lot of tips," he said.
The ITF Future's Tournament runs all week at the Calgary Tennis Club at 1445 16th Street S.W. It's free to watch.