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Dale’s Talk

Written by: Dale T. Power

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***Power, ranked #1 in Canada in 1980, has over 40 years of coaching experience from the recreational to professional level. He is presently the Head Coach at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club. As a player, Power won both junior and open national titles and holds the best winning percentage in singles for Davis Cup in Canada.

Power served as a National Touring Coach for the Canadian National Team in 1982 – 1984 and was also coach and manager of Andrew Sznajder – Canada’s former #1 singles player.***

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On behalf of The Thornhill Golf & Country Club, I would like to extend a hip hip hooray and congratulations to the community of Thornhill’s newest sports celebrity, Milos Roanic. Three weeks ago, twenty year old Milos stormed into Melbourne, Australia with the dream of winning three very tough qualifying matches and to represent Canada in the first Grand Slam event of 2011, The Australian Open.

Well, Mr. Roanic more than fulfilled his dream. Milos entered the tournament ranked 152 in the world. In the first round, he upset Germany’s Bjorn Phau, ranked 85, then defeated the tournament’s 22nd seed, Michael Llorda, in the 2nd round. It appears five straight victories on one of the most distinguished stages the sport offers can become habitual, for he didn’t stop there. Two days later, now in the 3rd round of the tournament, Milos continued his surge of upsets with a four set victory over the tournaments tenth seed, Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. In the fourth round and seeking his seventh straight victory, he was defeated in a dramatic four set match by the world’s 7th ranked player, David Ferrer of Spain. Good on you mate! Keep up the great work! You have just made a giant step forward for Canadian tennis.

Tennis For Fun,

Dale T. Power

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.