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ONcourt Interview: Gavin Ziv “Davis Cup Preview”

30. July 2013

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ONcourt Interview: Gavin Ziv “Davis Cup Preview”

I spent 4 days in Belgrade with the Serbian Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Federation as part of the Davis Cup site survey meetings for this tie in May. The city is beautiful, lots of ancient history and wonderful architecture. The people were very friendly and there is a lot to see, do and eat and at very affordable prices. The venue is located in New Belgrade which is more of the business centre for the region. Our tie takes place in September and the climate that time of year is great which will be good for all of our fans coming over to watch. The stadium is like one of our large NHL arenas with a capacity of over 20,000. The Serbian Tennis Federation has hosted many ties in this venue over the past 4 years (Davis and Fed Cup) and they will definitely put on a great show with a crowd I hear will be quite energetic!

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ONcourt Interview: Andrei Alexe “Tennis Canada Umpire”

30. July 2013

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ONcourt Interview: Andrei Alexe “Tennis Canada Umpire”

I became an official in 2006, after attending a Tennis Canada Officiating course. It’s a weekend long course with both in class and on court training. Tennis officiating was something I was interested in for a while, so after I stopped playing tennis as a junior, I decided not to give it up completely. Becoming a tennis official seemed like the perfect way to stay involved with the sport I grew up playing.

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Michael Emmett: “Does Murray Have a Claim to be #1?”

30. July 2013

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Michael Emmett: “Does Murray Have a Claim to be #1?”

Tennis rankings are a funny thing, often times they don’t reflect the opinions of the guys slugging it out on the courts week-to-week across the globe. Ask any top ten player on the ATP tour right now and all of them will tell you Andy Murray is the top gun. Murray’s coach, Ivan Lendl, couldn’t have said it better. “No one cares about the rankings because we all know they are wrong, look at the last 12 months in the slams and that will tell you the real story.”

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ONcourt Interview: Gavin Ziv “Tennis Canada Improves Competitive Structure”

15. July 2013

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ONcourt Interview: Gavin Ziv “Tennis Canada Improves Competitive Structure”

The National Events department works closely with the newly created Competitive Development department which is led by Ari Novick. The main focus of this department is to upgrade the competitive structure across Canada partnering with our Provincial Associations in order to implement the high performance competitive structure recommendations. These recommendations were a result from a comprehensive feedback process where we gathered input from all of our stakeholders across the country. This department also focuses on the integration on the new tournament management system with the new ranking system to be unveiled in 2014.

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “Back on the road….again”

15. July 2013

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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “Back on the road….again”

This time my assignment was to introduce two of our young ACE players Raheel Manji (16 years old and Under 16 National Champ) and Sam Philp (17 years old and #3 at recent U18 Ontario Championships) to the experience of the entry level Pro Circuit at the Saskatoon Futures.

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Michael Emmett: “Finally a Brit Wins Wimbledon”

15. July 2013

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Michael Emmett: “Finally a Brit Wins Wimbledon”

Remember the days when the tennis world was complaining that Andy Murray was included in the Big Four conversation? Many felt we were jumping the gun by adding another name to this prestigious club. How dare these tennis-know-it-alls do such a shameful thing? Most tennis purists insisted this super elite group should only consist of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer – keeping it at the Big Three. After all, it is ONLY about Grand Slams victories and Mr. Murray had only one notch on his belt (prior to Sunday) compared to Federer with 17, Nadal with 12 and Djokovic with 6. Murray didn’t belong in such esteemed company due to his knack for blowing championship finals with lackluster performances.

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