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Introducing Chris Pridham


The Tennis career of Chris Pridham, arguably Canada’s best Tennis player ever, began at age 7. Inspired by his brother Jeremy and sisters Susan and Judith (all of whom were National Champions), Chris started playing recreational tennis and participated in tennis camps.

In 1976, he was ranked 3rd. in the country in the under twelve category and in 1978, number 2 in under fourteen. After training at the Canadian Tennis Academy under Pierre Lamauche, Chris became the under 16 National champion in 1980 and finished third in the 1981 U.S. Amateur.

Chris turned professional at seventeen and his career spanned thirteen years. On the A.T.P. Tour, Chris achieved wins at events in Portugal, United States, Mexico, Australia and Europe. He reached the third round at Wimbledon in 1988 and the third round at the Australian Open in 1992. In an era of legendary tennis players, Chris claimed match victories over such star players as Bjorn Borg and Boris Becker.

He reached a career high #75 ranking in the world on the professional A.T.P. Tour. He was number one ranked player in Canada in 1988, 1992, and 1993. He represented Canada in the Seoul Olympics and was a member of Canada’s Davis Cup Team for ten years.

Chris came back to Oakville to coach and lecture at various Tennis camps, passing on his knowledge and love of tennis to another generation.

From 1992 to 1996, the Chris Pridham Tennis Invitational raised more than $250,000 for the cause of CAVEAT. (Canadians against Violence). As well as his community service, Chris continued playing top quality tennis, becoming the Canadian over-35 National Champion in 2002 and Captain of the team representing Canada at the World Championships.


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