Scott Dunlop: The Olympics and Tennis

The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver are a revelation. There are so many stories of personal challenges. adversity, heartbreak and, of course, victory. Whenever athletes compete directly against each other in international forums there is an intensity that transcends other events.

People who love playing and watching tournament tennis understand this. Tennis is played globally, so tennis players at all levels routinely encounter players from different countries. When the pros play, they are always referred to as being “from” some country and in effect representing their country. This adds to the magic of the battle between competitors. It is an individual battle, but you are always also an “American” or a “Spaniard” etc.

Abigail Lorge, in the ESPN blog notes:

…sitting on my couch night after night, glued to the coverage from Vancouver, I’ve noticed several instances in which tennis and the Winter Olympics have converged.

Every Olympic event has many stories of personal challenges, triumphs and tragedies. Tennis provides these same story lines in every tournament . That is the beauty and the attraction of international sports.

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.