For Immediate Release
Niagara Falls, ON, August 29, 2018 - The City of Niagara Falls will dedicate the newly renovated tennis courts at Riverview Park (8175 Sarah Street) in memory of local tennis star, Bruno Agostinelli Jr. A courtside ceremony is planned for Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:00 am (reception begins at 10:30 am). In honour of Bruno’s love for the sport and dedication to coaching the next generation of Canada’s tennis players, the ceremony will be followed by an opportunity to meet the Davis Cup captain and team members including an autograph session and on court demonstration which is open to the public until 12:30 pm, courtesy of Canada’s Davis Cup team and Tennis Canada.
Bruno Agostinelli Jr. (1987-2016) began his successful national and international tennis career in Niagara Falls. He started playing at a very young age and his passion for tennis continued throughout his life. In 2009, Agostinelli Jr. won the deciding match for Canada against Peru in the Davis Cup. After reaching his dream of competing in the 2009 Rogers Cup Masters in Montreal, he retired from professional tennis and joined Tennis Canada as the National Junior Tennis Coach. In January 2016, he was inducted into the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame. Tragically, the young star and new father lost his life in a motorcycle accident on March 9, 2016, just two weeks after his son, Alessio, was born.
Family and friends have widely regarded Bruno as a dedicated, humble and inspiring teammate, coach and friend. Many will be in attendance on Saturday, including:
- Frank Dancevic, Davis Cup Team Captain
- Davis Cup team members (pending results of the US Open)
- Hatem Mcdadi, Senior VP, Tennis Development, Tennis Canada
- Andre LaBelle, National Coach, Tennis Canada
The tennis courts at Riverview Park have recently been improved with a new playing surface made of brilliant blue, advanced acrylic that will improve ball bounce, reduce ball wear, and dry quickly after it rains. New nets, benches, asphalt paths and landscaping features will also make this a fully accessible, high-quality public tennis facility. A fitting tribute to Bruno Agostinelli Jr.
For more information, contact:
Beth Angle, Community Development Coordinator
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905.356.7521 X 3336