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Scott Dunlop: The Best Way To Play Better Tennis

There are thousands of articles and books with tips on how to play better tennis. Most of these are written by pros who employ various techniques and drills to improve strokes and strategies.However the best way to get better is very rarely identified.  It is simply to practice or play with more players.

Anyone who competes in tennis will tell you that although instruction and practice ground your strokes, you cannot tell if you improve until you play with or against other people. Other players test your skills. The more often you play with different players, the more you are tested and the faster you improve. The surest way to improve is in competition because your game is really on the line, but any play against different opponents is instructive because every player plays differently.

Most tennis players tend to play with the same players over and over because it’s comfortable and easy to arrange. However, if you really want to improve you need to get out of this comfort zone and actually play against a variety of different styles and skill sets. New players force you to develop new or better shots and strategies.  You’ll also get the bonus of meeting people and making friends. You can find new players by asking a pro to set you up or using websites like Juump.

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.