Soufiane Azargui: Go Bears!

Written by: Soufiane Azargui


***19 year old Soufiane Arzagui came to Toronto from Morocco at the age of 10 and a half. Over the next 7 years, Soufiane developed as an excellent tennis player winning singles and doubles titles at the national and ITF level as well as maintaining a high academic level at Bateman High School in Burlington. After six years at the ACE tennis Academy he fulfilled his objective of receiving a scholarship to an Ivy League school, Brown University in September of 2010.  Soufiane will be blogging us on a regular basis about his freshman season.***


It is now 1230am. I write you from my bed as I have just finished showering, can you believe I just finished practice ??? :S It is truly mind-boggling having such late practices as we have to adjust to our ‘in repair’ indoor facility. However, good news for everyone. Fellow freshman Brandon Burke and I started our Brown tennis careers in style as we clinched the doubles point in a 9-8 (7-5) at number one doubles against Buffalo on the way to a 5-2 victory. Later that day, we continued our momentum against Boston U as we pulled away for a 7-0 victory; where I had a helping hand playing #3 singles and dropping just one game in my match. We also received some good news: Brown Bear Tennis Facility officially open February 8th! ‘Til then however, we’ll be grinding out these late night practice sessions 15 minutes away from campus. I am exhausted, Good night y’all!

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.