“Tour Veteran” Alejandro Tabilo

ONcourt: Your schedule for the last three years has been quite hectic. What are your best memories of those three years?

Alejandro Tabilo: One of my fondest memories is winning both the indoor and outdoor national U12 in the year 2008.

The best memory I have is from the year 2009 when I received the trophy for “Crowd’s Favourite Player” at the World Championship in Auray, France.  What impressed me the most was the fact that thousands of people attend to watch the matches. I think that is great, it gives the players more motivation.

Another memory is winning my first ever international tournament, the U12 Citta Di Padova (July, 2009).

But one of the moments I cherish the most is when I won the Kaleva Open U14.  I was given a wildcard for qualifiers.  I made it through the qualifying stage and got into the main draw.  I shocked everyone by wininng it all.  It was AWESOME!!!

ONcourt: Do you regret anything about the time away? What did you miss most?

AB: Of course I don’t regret anything.  I know I have to make many sacrifices but in the long run it will all be worth it.  I dream to become a top ATP player one day, so I know I have to this to achieve my goal one day.

What I miss the most when I’m away is my family, my school, and my bed.

ONcourt: What do you see unfolding for you in the next four or five years and where will you be by the time you finish high school?

AB: By the time I’m 18, I see myself in the pro stage already.  By the time I finish high school, I hope to be entering the pro stage.

ONcourt: What do you think needs to happen to fullfil your dreams?

AB: Train in the correct place, work very hard in my fitness and go on many tours to gain more experience for when I get to the Pro level.

ONcourt: What is the six months like for Alejandro?

In six months train really hard, work intensely on my fitness and prepare psychologically for any upcoming tournament or tour.

ONcourt: Will you keep on blogging us so people can follow your journey on the international scene?

Of course.  I want to thank you for this opportunity.

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.