TPA Advisory Committee



Gary Caron

As Director of Athletics at the Granite Club in Toronto, Caron oversees a staff of 180 employees and 235 coaches, professionals and instructors in 9 different sports. Also responsible for the children's and adult programs, and the Active Therapy Clinic, Caron is a certified Coach 3 and Club Pro 3. He is a Tennis Canada Club Pro 3 Course Presenter and Facilitator and a former TPA Pro of the Year as well as Director of the Year recipient from the North American Association of Club Athletic Directors.


Karl Hale

Hale has an accomplished tennis history. He played competitive tennis internationally, participated as a player and coach in Davis Cup for Jamaica and is a former Fed Cup Coach for Canada. In 2007, Karl was World #1 player over 40, in 2006, he was named PTR Pro of the Year. He is the Rogers Cup Toronto Tournament Director which is the largest one week tournament in the world with past champions Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Chris Evert.  Karl is also the Head Tennis Professional at Donalda Club in Toronto, Canada. Along with his duties at the Rogers Cup and Donalda Club, Karl founded the Daniel Nestor Charity Event which has raised over $1,000,000 for North York General Hospital and Tennis Canada Go for Gold Fund.  He also founded the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation which has raised over $500,000 for education in his native Jamaica along with building 5 new schools.


Jeff McCarrol

McCarrol is the General Manager of Ontario Racquet Club, one of Canada's largest multi-purpose, health, racquet and sports clubs, located in Mississauga, Ontario. A 28-year veteran in the tennis and health club business, McCarrol is a former Director of Tennis and holds his Coach 3 certification. He is also a consultant and serves as one of Tennis Canada’s Club Professional 2 and 3 course conductors and designers.


François Giguère

Holder of a diploma “baccalaureat in administration” at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, François Giguère is a Tennis Canada Level 2 Coach and CP2 of a great versatility. Regional and technical director at Tennis Quebec since 2005 he is in charge of the BTC program in the province with over 40 BTC to coordinate. He had occupied previously the position of Sport Director for the tennis programs at the Tennis Intérieur Mauricien for 11 years.

In 2004, Mr. Giguère saw himself given a prestigious prize “Maurice” (in the honor of Maurice Richard) in the Voluntary Action category - Dollard-Morin at the Sport-Quebec Official Gala and received a Tennis Canada Distinguish Award for his contribution for his outstanding work for the tennis in Quebec. 


France Santerre

France Santerre has a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Science from Laval University. A Tennis Canada Coach 3 and Club Pro 2, Santerre is currently the Tennis Director at Tennis 13 and has worked there for the past 25 years. Not only an accomplished coach, Santerre has also been a professional consultant for the Montreal women's tennis league along with a linesperson at international tennis tournaments for several years. In her playing career, Santerre has been the Captain of Team Quebec for « coupe amitié » (women’s seniors tennis) in 2007-08-09, and 2011, Canadian Senior Nationals doubles champion in 2008 and 2009, and was selected to represent Canada at the World Senior Tennis Championships in 2009. In 2013 Santerre was a speaker at the QTF Conference presented by TPA.


Ryan Schroffel

Ryan Schroffel is the Tennis Manager/Head Coach at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2012 he completed his Undergraduate degree in Sports Management at the University of Alberta. He is a certified Tennis Canada Coach 3 and HP Mentorship Program Graduate. Ryan has worked with various Tennis Alberta committees as an advisor, and is currently the Chair of the Junior Development Committee as well as representative on the Provincial HP Working Group. He is also a Tennis Canada Course Facilitator and in 2017 he was awarded TPA Club Professional Excellence Award.  


Uros Budimac

Uros Budimac is a Tennis Canada High Performance Level 3 Coach and is also certified with the United States Professional Tennis Association and the Spanish Tennis Registry. He has over 15 years of experience coaching players of all ages and ability levels. For the past 12 years, he managed local tennis programs at Hollyburn Country Club as well as Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club and is one of Canada's leading young coaches. Uros creates change in a players' tennis game in a friendly yet highly effective way of communicating and believes that everyone can improve - at all levels of play. He was a National level player in Serbia, followed by a tennis scholarship in the US before moving to Vancouver, Canada and devoting himself to his coaching career.