Archive | July, 2013

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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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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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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Soufiane Azargui: “Former ACE Tennis Player On Life Lessons; Captaincy Struggles”

5. July 2013

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Soufiane Azargui: “Former ACE Tennis Player On Life Lessons; Captaincy Struggles”

My third year at Brown University presented me with a variety of challenges - some of which were new while others were all too familiar. Last season, I was able to play the majority of the season through lingering back spasms. This year, however, I had to sit out about 75% of the match due to debilitating back pain. Heading into this year, I was named captain of the team, a role I shared with a senior on the team. I was looking forward to sharing captaincy duties with him, feeding off one another’s strengths and leading the team to an Ivy League title. However, by the end of our second month of practice, my back spasms intensified. On top of that, my co-captain quit the team.

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Michael Emmett: “It’s Time for a Change in Women’s Tennis”

5. July 2013

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Michael Emmett: “It’s Time for a Change in Women’s Tennis”

The time has come for Women’s tennis to adopt the best-of-five set format for all Grand Slam events and abolish the shorter, currently used, best-of-three set version.Haven’t you heard the argument equal play for equal pay? The purse is the same but the men have to slug it out for many more hours on average in each and every Grand Slam. Many pundits feel this is extremely unfair – including several of the top-tier men. This is one of the many reasons I am in favour of lengthening Women’s matches but it’s not the major one. For me, it’s about history. Women deserve epic matches too. Their place in the annals of the game is fleeting; and it’s a real shame in my estimation.

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