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Scott Dunlop: Wake Up Call For Municipalities And Schools

Tennis  is booming.  Industry industry indicators show growth in the game far exceeds any other traditional sport. Public courts are  full of players across the US and Canada in major metroplitan areas but many court surfaces are in terrible shape.

The USTA is trying to assist with its Facilities Assistance Program but there is a very long way to go. The real problem is that municipalities and school authorities have blinders on. The courts sit on their land under their control but they have no programs or funds in place to manage them. They just “build ’em and forget ’em”. It can be decades before they are repaired or resurfaced.

There is a  solution. One that Juump Sports Interactive Inc. is committed to facilitating. Assign a recreation manager or a facility coordinator the task of setting up a court booking and programming process for clusters of four courts or more and use the revenue to upgrade and refurbish the court facilities. Juump has data that demonstrates clearly that public courts can be intelligently programmed so that there is enough free time, paid booked time and paid activity (lessons, clinics, competitions etc) to ensure tennis player happiness and substantial revenue to keep tennis courts in good shape. One of the court facilities we monitor earns $17000 in annual  fees for the municipal authority on 7 courts partially programmed for the summmer season.

So.. a polite “Hello” to all municipal, recreational and school managers responsible for tennis…Do you need revenue for repair and capital improvements? Do you want to help keep people socially active on your tennis courts? Then…think of tennis like sports fields and swimming pools and enable some court booking and paid programming!

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.