Soufiane Azargui: Start of the Season

Written by: Soufiane Azargui


***19 year old Soufiane Arzagui came to Toronto from Morocco at the age of 10 and a half. Over the next 7 years, Soufiane developed as an excellent tennis player winning singles and doubles titles at the national and ITF level as well as maintaining a high academic level at Bateman High School in Burlington. After six years at the ACE tennis Academy he fulfilled his objective of receiving a scholarship to an Ivy League school, Brown University in September of 2010.  Soufiane will be blogging us on a regular basis about his freshman season.***


What a way to start the season! Coming back to school to a gaping hole in our indoor tennis facility and forced to find practice courts elsewhere has definitely been an experience none of us expected. But we have all made adjustments to practice at Centre Court tennis club, 15 minutes away from the university. This club is now playing host to our first “home” dual match, although that term can be used loosely. We are hosting Buffalo, supposedly a rather good team. Coach just released the lineups and it turns out I will not be playing singles; I will be playing 1 doubles with my good friend and fellow Canadian/Jamaican Brandon Burke as we take them on at 9am tomorrow. Directly following that match, we are travelling to UMASS to face Boston University, a much weaker team than the Buffalo Bulls. So, here’s to a great start to the season boys! Here we go BEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

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This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

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