Aforza Alumni

Liam Spiers

Elite program player, Liam Spiers, signed with Ottawa University in Phoenix and will play for the OUAZ men’s team starting this August 2021.

How old were you when you started to play tennis: 4

When did you start to train at Aforza: 10

Your coach: Jeff Spiers

What is next?  (if you are headed to University, please type the name and location of your school) OUAZ in Phoenix, AZ

If you’re going to University, what will you be studying? Business

Please share your academic or tennis related awards or achievements with us.

  • 2018 U18 provincial champion
  • 2019 U18 provincial Champion
  • 2020 finished Junior Career ranked #1 in Alberta
  • 2021 Alberta open singles finalist
  • 2022 GSAC all conference title
  • 2022 NAIA west region rookie of the year
  • 2022 Alberta open singles/doubles winner
  • Currently ranked #1 in Alberta for men’s open singles and 33 in Canada (as of 08/16/2022)
  • Currently 11.48 UTR rating (as of 08/16/2022)
  • Currently playing for San Diego State University

How old you were when you started to take tennis seriously, what or who inspired or motivated you to do so?
I started taking tennis seriously when I was around 9 years old. I had joined tennis academy and was put into Coach Wills group. I was probably the worst player at the time and Will helped me develop into the player I am today. I played my very first tennis match at the winter club against Emma Rutherford and lost horrendously 6-0,6-0. From then on I fell in love with tennis and with the competitive nature of it. The person who inspired me was my first coach Will Hotomanie. He always encouraged me and helped me develop my love for the sport. Will would always say to me that his number 1 goal was for me to love the game and he definitely accomplished that goal.

What was your biggest challenge in obtaining your tennis goals?
My biggest challenge in obtaining my tennis goals would probably be my mental state. I was always told that I’m “too nice” or “too gentle” and I needed to be more competitive. Learning to have a more competitive mentality and nature was definitely a big challenge for me.

Tell us about your favorite memories while training at Aforza?
I feel great about my experiences at aforza. I learnt a lot through my hours spent there and built so many strong relationships. It was really my happy place as I grew up.

What advice do you have for our current Academy players?

Your coach:

Jeff Spiers