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Scott Dunlop: Contributing

Tennis has become a game played by everyone at many places. This is quite a change from the times, less than fifty years ago, when almost all tennis was played at private clubs with member dues and rules. The Tennis Industry Association estimates that there are now 30,000,000 tennis players in the US and Canada, so probably only around 10% of them belong to private clubs. However, most of the players outside of private clubs have little or no organisations or services to assist them to find players, participate in events or take lessons. Further, players have little or no voice to cause public adminstrators to build more courts and keep them in better condition.

We have an opportunity to change that by working together as a community. We can enter data about the courts, form groups, organise events, mount campaigns and find instruction and play. We can promote and manage ladders, leagues, tournaments and round robins, and share results.

Our goal is to provide features that allow the community to organise itself and foster a network that connects with existing tennis associations, competitions, clubs and coaches, so we can play more and access more and better events, information, goods and services.

There’s lots to do and many ways to get involved in the new internet enhanced tennis world!

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.