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Scott Dunlop: Tennis in New York

There is a lively debate going on as a result of a New York Times article on the state of tennis in the big city. Tennis is very popular now. However it seems that although fees are required for most tennis players to play on public courts, there are still not enough courts and generally they are not in as good a shape as they should be.

This appears to refute an earlier post of mine where I advocated that public courts should charge some fees to ensure they are better maintained.  However, I’ll bet you a dime to a dollar that the fees the public authorities collect in NYC are not devoted to improving tennis courts and go instead into the general pot. If the PA’s actually spent the total revenue they collect on court facilities and implemented paid booking times on some courts, I am sure NYC would have more and better public courts.

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.