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Scott Dunlop: Tournament to Select US Open Qualifiers

The USTA has a good idea: hold a national competition to select one male and one female to qualify for the US Open. The concept is exciting and has a kind of American Idol feel to it.

However the “reality” of this show is a bit harsher. Mad Max points out that charging $125.00 results in a windfall for the USTA which really does not need the money. There are also “processing fees” on top of the entry fee and you must be a USTA member, which is another $40.00 or so.

Yes there will be costs associated with holding of the tournaments but sponsors and promotional budgets should be able to cover those. The high entry fees unfortunately detract from what could be a big boost to street tennis. Not many public players will want to pony up these fees and travel costs to play in a regional tournament against former pros and ranked players.

I think they should have kept the competition to players who have never been ranked. Then we would really see who was “out there”. Now that might be an entertaining reality show!

Anyway it will be interesting to see how it all plays out…

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.