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Anonymous: Implies Bear is a Pot and Hypocritical

22. February 2013

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Anonymous: Implies Bear is a Pot and Hypocritical

Pierre, your articles are excellent and you are doing a great job of creating discussion and debate about tennis development in our country. Much of the focus recently has been national associations taking on a more active role, with a hands on approach, to the development of its players. One of the earlier arguments (which was interesting fair) was whether public money should be used to compete with, and steal business from, the private academies. It then moved towards the actual efficacy of these national training centers and whether they do indeed provide a better environment for the elite juniors. And now we have the issue of how demoralizing it is for local coaches to lose their players to the National Centers where their talent, hard work and commitment is robbed from them and perhaps in many cases, from the player as well

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “Pot? Maybe, Hypocritical NO”

22. February 2013

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “Pot? Maybe, Hypocritical NO”

The phrase "The pot calling the kettle black" is an idiom used to claim that a person is guilty of the very thing of which they accuse another. As generally understood, the person accusing (the "pot") is understood to share some quality with the target of their accusation (the "kettle"). So Mr Anonymous is insinuating that ACE Tennis and Tennis Canada are the same. You know what? He is right, we both are trying to make the game better in Canada. The intent has never been questioned, what is put up for discussion is how we go about it.

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Rebecca Marino, Stepping Away from the Game

22. February 2013

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Rebecca Marino, Stepping Away from the Game

Pierre Lamarche: It was with great sadness that I heard of Rebecca’s withdrawal from competitive tennis. Rebecca has been a great asset to Canadian tennis and always was a sensitive individual respected by her peers. The courage she has shown in speaking publicly about her depression warrants that we all respect and understand her difficult decision. Depression is one of the most debilitating conditions one can find themselves in, I know from experience. Rebecca, thank you and good luck on your road to recovery.

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Former Australian Open boss Paul McNamee blasts Tennis Australia’s development program

15. February 2013

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Former Australian Open boss Paul McNamee blasts Tennis Australia’s development program

Former Australian Open boss Paul McNamee has delivered a scathing appraisal of Tennis Australia's development program, describing it as fatally flawed.

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: What Should Be Done – Let Our Canadian Coaches Dream

15. February 2013

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: What Should Be Done – Let Our Canadian Coaches Dream

We are publishing an article this week by Paul McNamee [see above] on a situation occurring in Australia which is common to many tennis countries where the National Association is bent on rewriting how tennis players are developed. These decisions affect basic principle of child development as it relates to teacher/young students [or player/coach relationships in tennis].

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Wayne Bryan: “A sampling of letters coming back regarding the Paul McNamee article”

15. February 2013

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Wayne Bryan: “A sampling of letters coming back regarding the Paul McNamee article”

"Thanks for the article... nothing that you and number of us hasn't said before or won't continue to say. I think marginalized is a very descriptive word as to how many of us coaches feel, when players are basically coerced and bribed to become a part of PD. You are the head of the spear that has energized many of us who individually felt their voice wouldn't be listened to. Thanks for your passion and all the time and effort you put into this endeavor. I know it comes straight from your heart and how much it means to you to make sure our American kids can reach their full potential."

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