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Scott Dunlop: Epic Tennis

With the first Grand Slam just around the corner it`s appropriate to express gratitude to our top tennis players for the incredible level of competition they have brought to the game.

Over the holiday period many articles were written about some of the great matches of the last few years. There’s no question the battles of the titans, Federer and Nadal, have resulted in a much higher profile for tennis globally. The New York Times in particular has been devoting prime newspaper and Sunday magazine coverage to tennis matches and champions. Christopher Clarey recently wrote about the 2008 Wimbledon classic final ” . . .  there is one tennis rivalry that casts the others into deep shadow…”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/26/sports/tennis/26tennis.html?_r=1&ref=tennis)

Murray, del Potro, Davydenko and Djokovic are knocking hard at the world champion door. The women`s side is equally intriguing with Henin`s return following Clisters victorious comeback last  year, and both of them having the heart and talent to defeat either of the William`s sisters.

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.