Scott Dunlop: BNP Paribas Open – A Great Fan Experience

The BNP Paribas Open in La Quinta California may be the best value in tennis for spectators.

It is one of only a few major tournaments where the women play at the same time and place as the men. It goes on for over ten days and usually has the top players. It is played in a beautifully designed tennis garden with all the right amenities. Tickets are available at the event or can be purchased from season and box holders directly or through ticket agents at many resorts and tennis clubs around the area.

The practice courts are right beside the stadium (I saw Nadal and Federer practicing side by side on Tuesday!). The seating in all three stadiums is well designed to keep fans close to the action.

If you get a chance, it’s definitely worth a visit!

A New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

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.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.