Milos Raonic - Top ranked Canadian Singles player in History
Milos Raonic who trained with Coach Curtis from age 8 to age 17, remembers his first impression of his childhood coach.
"He was very tough and demanding, in a good way," Raonic recalled. "I came to the club as beginner and he asked me to work hard in order to join his group. He pushed me to new limits and helped me to reach the next levels and develop my game."
"He has dedicated his life to tennis and he invests himself and his time to help tennis players to develop their game," Raonic added. "He cares and he will do anything to help you improve and always tries his best to help you reach your potential."
Jon Sorbo - Former Canadian National Men's Head Coach and Davis Cup Coach with Tennis Canada
According to Jon, Curtis's efforts in developing Raonic speaks volumes.
"I judge a Coach by the Player he develops. At 13, Milos had a complete game with Professional-level skills. This does not happen by accident or coincidence. It is forged by countless hours of hard work and an unwavering attention to detail, and it was obvious to me at that time that Casey was a great Coach."
Rich Anderson - Member of four tennis Hall of Fame: USTA NorCal Hall of Fame, California Community College, Son Jose State Athletic, Canada College Athletic
Anderson who is a member of the California Community College Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame, still remembers the qualities that he admired most about his former player.
"Casey was a student of the game and watched tennis and thought about tennis technique constantly," the retired Hall of Fame coach explained. "He was relentless in his persuit of knowledge, so I'm not surprised that he has turned out to be such a fine tennis teacher."
Anderson adds that because of Curtis' efforts in developing Milos Raonic, he is truly a treasure for CanadianTennis.
Tennis Canada - Awarding the Coaching Excellence Honour
The Coaching Excellence honour goes to Casey Curtis of Ontario. This award is presented to a Coach who has demonstrated the highest standards and character in the coaching of his/her players.
Curtis, who previously worked with Milos Raonic, has been involved in player development for more than 30 years. Now the director of high performance at Mayfair Parkway, he has helped develop several recent successful junior players, including U12 national champions Layne Sleeth and Liam Draxl, and U18 national singles and doubles runner-up Ayan Broomfield.