Scott Dunlop: Where Are The Great US Tennis Pros?

There is an emerging cri de coeur around America right now concerning  the lack of  US tennis stars. The only exceptions to this concern may be the Williams sisters, but they are so often offside and erratic that they do not seem to count as true stars.

Jimmy Connors sounded the alarm in 2006 but there has been no noticeable change since then. There seems to be a consensus that the USTA has the responsibility to turn this around, given that they make a fortune off the US Open.  Some good ideas making the rounds are to spend some of that money improving school courts, supporting school teams and tournaments and providing more financial support for those players with talent who dare  to shoot for the top. It is a very demanding process, requiring a huge commitment of time and money.

I do not agree with Pablo Eisenberg, that starting later in life, enjoying other sports and going to college will solve the US dilemna. in fact, committing early to a tennis career and not having a well rounded life are the reasons why Nadal, Federer, Connors, Navratolova, Everet and Graf became the world’s best players.

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.