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Scott Dunlop: The Tennis Channel In Canada

Efforts are underway  to bring the Tennis Channel to Shaw Cable. Tennis is the fastest growing traditional sport and there are many millions of fans in Canada. I understand the The Tennis Channel is available on Dish Network, DirecTV  and some cable systems in the US. It has in depth coverage of the Grand Slam tournaments and many ATP & WTA tournaments as well as instruction and tennis travel shows like Destination Tennis. Some of this content can be viewed on the website.

There is a petition to Shaw started by Heather Jane McDonald, which I have signed, calling for at least service for Western Canada:

The excitement the sport has generated by the pace at which it is played by today’s athletes and modern equipment has seen the tennis community and spectators grow in leaps and bounds.”

I encourage all Canadian tennis fans to sign this petition.

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.