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Scott Dunlop: Tennis Time!

It’s tennis time around the world. I have never see such interest in the professional game since the days of Connors, Borg and McEnroe and Evert and Navratilova. Our sport on the women’s and men’s side has a great collection of dynamic athletes with intense rivalries. Blogs and tweets are full of comments about people expressing their delight that the tennis season is now underway in Australia. Look for record crowds and more extensive media coverage.

“The next few years will prove crucial in the cycle of tennis popularity. This past decade was not only a decade of recovery, but also a decade that put forth solid foundation for what could possibly be the second golden age of tennis. As long as tennis stays away from scandals, drug-related incidents and unnecessary criminal activities such as cheating, I have no doubt that we are about to witness some of the most remarkable years in the history of the Open era.”

Read more from this article entitled: Tennis’ Decade of Recovery by Mert Ertunga.  http://www.sports-central.org/sports/2010/01/04/tennis_decade_of_recovery.php

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.