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Raheel Manji: “The Desire of a Boy”

14. March 2014

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Raheel Manji: “The Desire of a Boy”

It was a Saturday late in August 2011 at Mont Tremblant in the finals of the Under 14 Nationals that I came to respect Raheel Manji the way I do. He was a scrawny kid from Pickering playing in his first National finals. As the Ontario coach, I had been preparing Raheel for his matches all week. He was a joy to work with because he was so committed to his objective of winning a National Championship. I must admit I was influenced by the fact that he really seemed to respect my opinion. What is funny about that is now I know that that is the way of Raheel. He asks everybody, listens to everybody, makes everybody feel like they are the only one he listens to and then….does what he wants.

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Michael Emmett: “25 Predictions for the Upcoming Tennis Season”

10. January 2014

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Michael Emmett: “25 Predictions for the Upcoming Tennis Season”

1. Rafael Nadal will win his 9th French Open and improve his record to 66-1 at Roland Garros. His only loss came in 2009 to Robin Soderling in the 4th round. 2. Roger Federer will NOT get to the Final of any Grand Slam in 2014. In fact, he will only make it to ONE semi-final in his final year on the ATP tour. 3. Serena Williams will NOT win all four major championships. But she will put a stranglehold on the #1 ranking. Serena will lose some matches but show the world she’s well on her way to the top of the all-time Grand Slam Mountain. 4. Milos Raonic will NOT end the year in the top 8 of the ATP rankings. He will hover in the 10-14 spot for at least one more season. 5. Raonic will, however, make it to his first ever Grand Slam quarter final and lose in four sets to one of the big guns ranked inside the top 5. With movement still a major issue, Milos will struggle to beat a top-5 player in a best-of-five format on an outdoor court.

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Newfoundland’s Melissa Pine named WTA Year-End Championship Director

29. November 2013

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Newfoundland’s Melissa Pine named WTA Year-End Championship Director

Melissa Pine was a four-year letter winner for the Washington State University Cougars in her NCAA tennis career. She later served as assistant coach for the Division I school. Melissa Pine joined the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the governing body for women’s professional tennis, in 2008 as manager of strategic operations after which she moved to London, England where she oversaw all aspects of the season-ending WTA Championship during its three-year stint in Istanbul, Turkey. Pine was recently named the tournament’s director as it moves to Singapore for the next four years.

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Sportsnet: “Canadian Athlete of the Year”

25. November 2013

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Sportsnet: “Canadian Athlete of the Year”

Sportsnet.ca insider Damien Cox explains why Milos Raonic deserves to be Sportsnet’s Canadian Athlete of the Year.

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Clément Golliet: “The Stitch During Exertion”

6. November 2013

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Clément Golliet: “The Stitch During Exertion”

The sore point sometimes felt in the abdomen during exertion is called a side stitch. It is also sometimes referred to as ETAP (exercise related transient abdominal pain). Its origins are various and it can create a discomfort which can become a stabbing pain either on the left or right side of the ribcage or in the middle of the stomach. In some instances the side stitch is not only caused by the reaction of the body during exertion, but also by the way people invest in their sport.

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Filip Peliwo: “Fitness can get you through”

25. October 2013

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Filip Peliwo: “Fitness can get you through”

I was always really, really competitive as a kid. I hated losing so much and I wanted to win at everything, even if it was a random game with friends at the age of eight or younger. I’ve always had that competitive aspect in my personality and that’s helped me every time I go out and play a tennis match. I fight as hard as I can, do everything I can to win and that is what got me through a lot of matches at the junior majors last year. Even when things weren’t going so well, I managed to find a way to just grind through matches.

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