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Gregory Strong, Canadian Press: “Eugenie Bouchard is ready to arrive as Canada’s newest tennis darling”

2. November 2013

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Gregory Strong, Canadian Press: “Eugenie Bouchard is ready to arrive as Canada’s newest tennis darling”

Eugenie Bouchard’s days of playing lower-tier events and working through qualifying draws appear to be over. The Canadian tennis player’s first full season on the WTA Tour was a strong one. She has risen to No. 32 in the world rankings and will likely be seeded at the first Grand Slam event of the 2014 season. Bouchard scored some big victories this year and proved she can hang on court with the sport’s elite. Her next mission is to build on that momentum as she looks ahead to next year.

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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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Robert Lansdorp: “Dear Mr. P Mc Enroe”

19. October 2013

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Robert Lansdorp: “Dear Mr. P Mc Enroe”

I am happy that my career started a long time ago. And my last Champion was Maria Sharapova, a Russian who had nothing to do with the USTA. I think they were trying to make her an American so the USTA could claim her, but it did not work out. Maria was or is too proud to be a Russian and good for her. The USTA 20 years ago was not as blatant and desperate for a Champions as Patrick Mc Enroe. In my early days the USTA was not into stealing players from private coaches, like Mc Enroe is. This has to stop because coaches in this country will rather work with non Americans or won’t give their heart and soul to the student, because they know that when the kid is 15 or 16 and shows great promise, the USTA will come and convince the parents to go with the USTA, instead of involving the private coach in continuing to work with his or her student. Can’t you see that Patrick? What is wrong with you??? Very attractive to the parents, because the USTA will fit the bill for everything, plus give tons of wild cards.

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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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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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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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