The Week at Wilson with Blair Rickers: February 17th

Hello Everyone!

A quick note to brighten up your day:

Another WIN for Milos

For the second time in four days Milos Raonic (Blade 98) defeated Fernando Verdasco.  This time it was in Memphis where Milos pulled out a tight 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win.  A frustrated Verdasco commented after the match that he is looking forward to playing Milos on clay, where his rocket serve may not be

as big a factor.   Milos has shown tremendous composure during his recent

rise up the rankings.  He has also represented himself very well in his post match interviews.  Though he seems content to act with class and dignity, he may want to watch the attached You Tube clip for some inspiration on how to celebrate.

Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated gave a nice shout out to Tom Tebbutt in a recent column.  Obviously we are not the only folks who enjoy Mr. Tebbutt’s work.

Have a great week.

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.