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Soufiane Azargui: Start of the Season

Written by: Soufiane Azargui

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***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.***

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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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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