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NSA Conversation #24: Karl Hale, Tournament Director of National Bank Open, Owner Premier Racquet Clubs

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Karl Hale has an accomplished tennis history. He has played competitive tennis internationally, participated as a player and coach in Davis Cup for Jamaica, and is a former Fed Cup coach for Canada. He was named tournament director of National Bank Open presented by National Bank in Toronto on December 11, 2006.

Hale was born in Falmouth, Jamaica and played Davis Cup tennis from 1988 to 1999 and again in 2004. He held the Davis Cup record for longest three-set match, winning 23-21 in the final set. In 2003, Hale was coach of the Canadian Fed Cup team that advanced to a World Group play-off tie against Austria. He later returned to his native Jamaica to coach the Davis Cup team in 2005.

Hale’s relationships with the players, and sports and entertainment celebrities have helped raise the profile of this world-class tennis event.  Karl was also vice-president of the PTR (the largest tennis coaching organization in the world with over 20,000 members) in 2017/18.  

Most importantly, Hale is a passionate supporter of children’s charities.  Hale is well-known and respected for his tremendous philanthropic work. He founded the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, which has raised over $2,000,000 for education in his native Jamaica and built 18 kindergarten schools (including one with Serena Williams). He also developed the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity event, which raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the Go for Gold Olympic program and North York General Hospital. He has spent tennis time overseas, coaching in Tokyo for five years, teaching adults and juniors at the prestigious Kashiwa Lawn Tennis Club. He worked with several top players and his juniors have received over $1,000,000 in tennis scholarships.

If you would like to donate to Karl's foundation you can do so here:

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