Archive | August, 2013

Michael Emmett: “2013 Canadian Memories at Rogers Cup”

16. August 2013

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Michael Emmett: “2013 Canadian Memories at Rogers Cup”

1. Vasek Pospisil upset Thomas Berdych in three thrilling sets and sent the centre court stadium into a wild frenzy in Montreal. His first win over a top 10 ATP player in his short career. It can’t get any closer than 7-5 in the final set tie-break. This was the pivotal win in his extraordinary showing in Montreal. His ranking jumped more than 30 spots to #40. 2. Milos Raonic defeated 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, in a controversy filled 2-setter – a win that propelled him to the quarter finals and made an All-Canadian semi-final a strong possibility. 3. Raonic beats Pospisil in a well-played semi-final to become first Canadian since 1958 to reach the Canadian Open final. This was a nail biter that went the distance with Raonic winning the decisive tiebreak 7-4. A fantastic environment for these two young stars at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. With the win Raonic moved in the top-10 of the world rankings for the first time in his career.

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Wayne Bryan asks Chris Lewis: “How to develop new American tennis stars”

16. August 2013

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Wayne Bryan asks Chris Lewis: “How to develop new American tennis stars”

“Questions swirl about the way the nonprofit U.S.T.A. spends money. Its budget comes almost entirely from the $200 million in revenue from the United States Open, which begins Monday. The U.S.T.A. spends 15 percent of its money on player development and 70 percent on community tennis development, said Gordon Smith, its chief operating officer… Patrick McEnroe suggested that it would probably take 15 to 20 years to see what the new U.S.T.A. initiatives produce.”

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The Bear, Davis Cup #3 “Belgrade is Going To Be a Happening”

9. August 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #3 “Belgrade is Going To Be a Happening”

Montreal update ...Troicki is suspended, Tipsarevic upset in the first round, Pospisil, Roanic, Levine, Dancevic, Peliwo shine with victories. I had the opportunity to see the Canadian contingent in Montreal and they look good. The team is unified, everyone in red shirts including Milos in his first match. You can see momentum building....I can’t wait for Belgrade. I caught up in Montreal with Tennis Canada’s Alain Beaupre who is the Davis Cup Team Manager and Director, Uniprix Stadium and Quebec Professional Tennis.

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Raheel Manji: “In the Big Leagues in Saskatoon”

9. August 2013

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Raheel Manji: “In the Big Leagues in Saskatoon”

I was extremely excited to go to the futures in Saskatoon for a couple of reasons. I was hungry to improve on my previous result in Kelowna, where I qualified for the main draw but then lost a disappointing match that I felt there were some missed opportunities. The other reason was because I would have Pierre Lamarche and my teammate Sam Philp there competing alongside. To be honest Saskatoon started off poorly. I arrived on Thursday night around 8 pm and went to the courts to get a practice session. This was prime time for the mosquitos there and throughout the whole practice I was constantly swarmed by black flies and getting bit by the mosquitos. That immediately put me in a bad mood because I did not have any bug spray on me and was scratching the whole night. I made sure to get the bug spray for the next day though. I did light fitness in the morning to prepare for a possible match the next day.

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ONcourt Interview: Nikolai Haessig “The Last Two Years at NTC”

9. August 2013

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ONcourt Interview: Nikolai Haessig “The Last Two Years at NTC”

At the time, NTC was the best thing that could have happened to me. Living in Vancouver and with my parents not having a lot of money I feel like my options to play tennis at a high level internationally were pretty limited. NTC gave me the opportunity to train with the best players in the country and to gain a lot of experience by traveling to play international tournaments. I improved so much in my first two years at NTC and I truly believe that I wouldn't be the player I am today if I hadn't had the opportunity to train in Montreal.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #2 “Troicki suspension could be big break”

2. August 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #2 “Troicki suspension could be big break”

We are living an important moment in Canadian tennis as Canada gets ready to play Serbia in Belgrade in the Davis Cup semi-finals. I have decided to live that experience first hand by being one of the Canadian fans in the 15,000 capacity arena. This moment is so gigantic that I have decided to write a series of articles that will highlight the teams, the players and the whole event. I hope to provide some insight which make it possible for all Canadian fans to enjoy this historic moment.

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