Scott Dunlop: Tennis Breaking Through On Sports Radio

Another indication of the growth in popularity of tennis is the increasing coverage of tennis on radio. Live radio broadasts of matches do occur, particularly at the US Open and Wimbledon, however tennis is not usually broadcast live on Sports Radio stations.

There is evidence that Sports Radio stations in North America are testing the depths of  listener interest in tennis. TEAM 1040, the Vancouver station of a major national media company, is devoting a prime time morning slot , 8:30 – 9:00 am PST this Monday, May 17 to an interview and promotion with Brad Gilbert. This is a big step when you consider we are right in the midst of major playoff battles in basketball and hockey.

Brad is a real coup, being a coach of Agassi, Roddick and Murray and an ESPN analyst for Grand Slam events. He will chat with the morning broadcasters about the French Open and give away an autographed Wilson Surge racket

You can listen to the interview anywhere in the world by clicking on the Team 1040 link above.

Is it time for more tennis coverage on Sports Radio?

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.