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Michael Emmett: “Who Will Be World Top Five First?”

19. October 2013

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Michael Emmett: “Who Will Be World Top Five First?”

Getting to that coveted top five world ranking is a major accomplishment for any tennis player – but it will be even more special when a Canadian finally gets there because we’ve never had anyone in that position before. The tennis community is thirsting for a young Canadian to make a major splash on the international tennis scene. And, if this past summer was any indication, we’re as close as we’ve ever been.And NO, we are not counting Greg Rusedski who grew up in Montreal, because he bolted for Great Britain at a time when we desperately needed him the most. Rusedski, most known for his booming left-handed serve, left for the United Kingdom in June of 1995. Bolstered by a US Open finalist appearance in 1997, Rusedski achieved a career high ranking of #4 in 1997, but at that point he was no longer playing for Canada or the Canadian Davis cup team. And for this reason, we, as Canadians, have never had a player – male or female – ranked inside the top 5 in the world in the open era.

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Rachel Macy Stafford: “6 Words You Should Say Today”

9. October 2013

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Rachel Macy Stafford: “6 Words You Should Say Today”

Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was invaluable feedback from children themselves. And if I've learned anything on my Hands Free journey, it is that children are the true experts when it comes to grasping what really matters in life.

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter September 2013″

9. October 2013

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter September 2013″

Who doesn’t want to coach a player to be smart? One of the first questions I ask when watching a match (especially with junior players) is, “Are these players actually playing tennis, or are they just hitting balls?” The game is rampant with ‘hitters’. Player who just slug the ball (usually trying to overpower their opponent). Don’t get me wrong, one can be quite successful in tennis just being a ‘hitter’. However, developing a hitter (as opposed to a player) may doom them to a limited world competitively. The problem with being a hitter is there is always a bigger hitter out there (just ask all of Serena Williams opponents). When you meet them, you have nothing to overcome the challenge. Interestingly enough, a player who had good success against Serena (even when Serena was in her prime) was Justine Henin. Justine was definitely a ‘player’. She was able to use the court, vary ball direction, trajectory and speed, to hit shots that nullified Serena’s big game.

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Oncourt: “The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts Overview”

4. October 2013

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Oncourt: “The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts Overview”

The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts were held last weekend at all 3 ACE Tennis locations: Toronto Tennis City, Astra Tennis Club and Cedar Springs Health, Racquet and Sports Club. The 2008 ACE Team concept is a talent identification program aimed at 5 year old kids who will turn 6 years old in 2014. This program is an experimental one to test some aspects of player development in tennis. The concept is to group a selection of players in a structured 30 week team environment in which they will be exposed to a scientific approach to player development following Tennis Canada guidelines and the ACE Tennis Mantra.

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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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