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Scott Dunlop: Pro Tennis is Tough

Surely the days when tennis players were regarded as light weight athletes is now over. Matches played by today’s pros on the men’s side can last for well over 5 hours, sometimes in intense heat, and there is no let up or break. If you get a cramp (and leg cramps are really painful), too bad, you cannot get treated!

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/16/sports/tennis/16tennis.html?ref=tennis

The dark side to all this is that players’ injuries are becoming devestating. Nadal is in superb shape and the least likely athlete on earth to call a quitter. Yet he could not continue to fight during the Australian Open due to injuries caused by simply playing too hard.  At some point the game is going to have to look at shortening the 5 setters or making the hard court surfaces easier on the body.

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.