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Scott Dunlop: Tennis is booming!

It is now essentially confirmed that tennis is the sport of our times. There has been a 12% increase in the number of players over the last  year as reported by the Tennis Industry Association and the USTA in their annual report :http://tr.im/FkNZ. No other majot sport has had anything close to this kind of growth.

With the advent of much better reasonably priced tennis rackets, the building of multitudes of public courts (who says government intervention is bad??) and the remarkable number of interesting dedicated and likeable tennis stars, the game has simply taken off in the US and remains, by a huge margin, the most popular and played female sport worldwide.

It is time we celebrated all the goodness of the tennis experience: the exercise, the thrills of the good shots and the embarassment of the bad ones, the niceness of meeting other people and the incredible variety of experineces to be had, rally by rally and point  by point. Knowing that exercise is the number one therapy for most physical and psychological conditions, the accessibility of tennis is sending it to the top of social/recreational choices for people everywhere.

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.