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Cedar Springs to host the II Ontario Junior Team Championships presented by ACE Canada

22. March 2014

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Cedar Springs to host the II Ontario Junior Team Championships presented by ACE Canada

March 25, 2014 Burlington, Ontario For immediate release: The II Annual Ontario Junior Team Championships, presented by ACE Canada, will take place on three successive weekends in May at the Cedar Springs Health, Racquet & Sportsclub in Burlington, Ontario. Kyrylo Tabunshchyk, the Tournament Director said: “We are very happy to make this event an annual one on the Ontario Tournament Spring Schedule. Not only does it bring a different competitive format, it also attracts teams and players from outside the province. Hopefully, one day this can become a National competition." This year the event will offer three age group competitions with the addition of an Under 9 Team competition [See Fact Sheet for information].

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Raheel Manji: “The Desire of a Boy”

14. March 2014

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Raheel Manji: “The Desire of a Boy”

It was a Saturday late in August 2011 at Mont Tremblant in the finals of the Under 14 Nationals that I came to respect Raheel Manji the way I do. He was a scrawny kid from Pickering playing in his first National finals. As the Ontario coach, I had been preparing Raheel for his matches all week. He was a joy to work with because he was so committed to his objective of winning a National Championship. I must admit I was influenced by the fact that he really seemed to respect my opinion. What is funny about that is now I know that that is the way of Raheel. He asks everybody, listens to everybody, makes everybody feel like they are the only one he listens to and then….does what he wants.

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter February”

20. February 2014

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter February”

We have started a new series called, “Effective Coaching”. Many coaches feel they are “good”, But what does that actually mean? We are re-framing the question to be, “Are you effective?” Does what you coach and how you interact with the players actually transform the way they play? In many places, coaching could be described as, “a better player than you hitting with you (or feeding you balls) and telling you what you did wrong or throwing out “tips”. Not a very systematic approach. Can you imagine if children would learn math or languages at school through random “tips”? To really transform, a player needs the coach to create an environment that maximizes assimilation of skills.

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ONcourt Interview: “Checking in with Adil Shamasdin”

1. February 2014

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ONcourt Interview:  “Checking in with Adil Shamasdin”

Adil, it's been a while since we've checked in with you. We want to talk about your 2013 season on tour, but before that I have to ask you about your experience in that amazing ride that Canada's Davis Cup team enjoyed this past year.

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Tom Tebbutt: “Frankie en Fuego”

1. February 2014

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Tom Tebbutt: “Frankie en Fuego”

Canadian tennis fans have long been spoiled by the beautiful tennis game of Frank Dancevic – even if at different times they would liked to have been even more spoiled. On Friday, in an opening round World Group Davis Cup tie in Tokyo, they were again treated to Frankie at his finest as he won the second opening-day match, beating Go Soeda 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-1.

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Tebbutt: “Li Ends Bouchard’s AUSOPEN”

24. January 2014

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Tebbutt: “Li Ends Bouchard’s AUSOPEN”

Eugenie Bouchard is nothing if not exceedingly ambitious. She is also constantly striving to improve and has said endless variations of, “I want to do better and to do more,” which she actually did say on Thursday following her 6-2, 6-4 loss to No. 4 seed Li Na in the Australian Open semifinals. But there was one moment after the match when the driven Bouchard finally seemed to actually give herself a pat on the back – well maybe half a pat. She was asked if she had exceeded her expectations considering that she was down a set point in the opening set of her first match against Chinese wild card Tang Hao Chen. “I wouldn’t say I exceeded my expectations,” she answered, “but I’m happy with how I did.”

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