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ONcourt Special Edition, The Bear: “Downey leaves Tennis Canada”

25. September 2013

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ONcourt Special Edition, The Bear: “Downey leaves Tennis Canada”

One week after being front and center in Canada’s great Davis Cup semi-final run in Belgrade, Michael Downey, CEO and president of Tennis Canada, has informed the TC Board of Directors that he was leaving to become the Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association as of January 6th, 2014. Michael Downey has been a major force in helping tennis rebuild its image as a major sport in our country.

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BBC SPORT: “Michael Downey named as new LTA chief executive”

25. September 2013

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BBC SPORT: “Michael Downey named as new LTA chief executive”

Canadian Michael Downey has been appointed as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).Downey, 56, has been Tennis Canada's president for nine years and succeeds Roger Draper, who leaves in six days. He takes over an organization threatened with a funding cut of £10.3m from Sport England if it fails to increase participation. "I believe there's a bevy of young talent in Great Britain that can follow Andy Murray to the podium," he said.

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TENNIS CANADA: “President and CEO Michael Downey to Leave Tennis Canada for LTA”

25. September 2013

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TENNIS CANADA: “President and CEO Michael Downey to Leave Tennis Canada for LTA”

Tennis Canada President & CEO Michael Downey has informed the Tennis Canada Board of Directors of his decision to resign as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Canada effective December 31, 2013. He will become Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association as of January 6, 2014.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #9: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part One

It’s a beautiful fall morning in gloomy Belgrade. Euphoria is in the air. We have a real opportunity on the last day of the Davis Cup semi-finals against the heavy favorite team from Serbia led by the #1 player in the world Novak Djokovic. Today Canada will have a chance to win the tie and ascend to the Finals until the last point is played. What an opportunity to live this improbable experience. What a full day it will be. I have been fortunate to witness many exceptional tennis experiences in my life but this one will rate as one of the greatest ones ever. Can you imagine, we are leading 2-1 on Sunday morning after unbelievable twin wins of 10-8 in the fifth set?

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Davis Cup Special, Robert Bettauer: “Canada Gains Davis Cup World Credibility”

20. September 2013

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Davis Cup Special, Robert Bettauer: “Canada Gains Davis Cup World Credibility”

In the end the Canadian Davis Cup team literally died on the court with their boots on falling on their sword. A little graphic, but sums up that compelling last match point with Vasek Pospisil valiantly diving for one last drop shot and seriously injuring himself in the process while Janko Tipsarevic stabbed desperately while falling himself to secure a well-earned spot in the Davis Cup final for his team. The Serbian team was full value for their victory and handled themselves with class both on and off the court throughout the tie. They set a very high standard.

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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

20. September 2013

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The Bear, Davis Cup #10: “The Dream is Still Alive” Part Two

What a day, déjà vu, up 2-1 against Sweden in that memorable tie with Daniel losing 6-4 in the fifth set of the fifth match. Slow agonizing death, always knowing you have a chance but not feeling the momentum going exactly your way, waiting for it to change.

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