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The Week at Wilson with Blair Rickers: February 26th

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying Family Day

Milos Loses Thriller, Daniel Takes Doubles

Milos Raonic (Blade 98) lost a thrilling three set match in the Memphis Final to Andy Roddick, while Daniel Nestor (SixOne 95) took the doubles title.  With his performance this past week, Milos will be in the TOP 50 on the ATP Tour.

Exclusively Wilson

Just a couple of years ago Wilson had no one on tour wearing our footwear or apparel.  For 2011 we have an impressive roster of players who are EXCLUSIVELY Wilson (racquets, footwear and apparel) which includes Frank Dancevic and Stephanie Dubois of Canada, Melanie Oudin, Jarkko Nieminen, Philip Kohlschreiber, Anne Keothavong, Mandy Minella, Corinna Dentoni, Alex Kuznetsov and Barbara Zahlavova-Steycova.

March Madness Field Taking Shape

After receiving input from several highly reputable music critics the Field of 64 is taking shape for this year’s tourney.  The title of “Greatest Band of All-Time” is surely to be a hard fought battle.  Some of the teams sitting on the bubble have caused outrage amongst our loyal readers.  Below is a quick re-cap of who is out, and who is in the tourney.

On the bubble:

King Crimson, Thin Lizzy, Mountain, Blind Faith, Golden Earring                         All had huge hits in the 70’s

Ratt, Cinderella, Queensryche, Skid Row, Anthrax, Slayer                                All rocked hard in the 80’s.

Echo and the Bunnymen, The Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Cure, Wall of Voodoo  Not enough play on Q107 to be considered Rock

Nickleback                                                                              I love them.  I think I am the only one.

Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Traffic, Three Dog Night                                        Not rocking quite hard enough.

Poison                                                                                  Too many reality shows

Bob Marley and the Wailers      They were in, but then I pictured Karl Hale lounging by his fireplace in his blue blazer & Dockers, sipping a hearty Chardonnay and listening to “One Love” and it made me delete the King of Reggae.

The FIELD

WEST            NORTH           SOUTH           EAST
1       Metallica       1       Led Zeppelin    1       The Rolling Stones      1       The Beatles
2       Guns & Roses    2       Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band   2       Pink Floyd      2       U2
3       Pearl Jam       3       Rush    3       Lynyrd Skynyrd  3       Queen
4       Nirvana 4       The Guess Who   4       The Allman Brothers     4       The Police
5       The Hendrix Experience  5       Aerosmith       5       AC/DC   5       Cream
6       The Eagles      6       Boston  6       S.R. Vaughn and Double Trouble  6       The Who
7       Van Halen       7       Bon Jovi        7       REM     7       The Clash
8       The Doors       8       Journey 8       Creedance Clearwater Revival    8       Dire Straits
9       Styx    9       Crosby,Stills, Nash & Young     9       Black Sabbath   9       Jethro Tull
10      Motley Crue     10      KISS    10      Def Leppard     10      Whitesnake
11      Green Day       11      Steppenwolf     11      Iron Maiden     11      The Scorpions
12      The Grateful Dead       12      Bad Company     12      ZZ Top  12      The Kinks
13      The Steve Miller Band   13      Foreigner       13      Genesis 13      Yes
14      Poison  14      Journey 14      Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 14      Deep Purple
15      The Red Hot Chili Peppers       15      Stone Temple Pilots     15      Fleetwood Mac   15      Judas Priest
16      Soundgarden     16      The Tragically Hip      16      Kansas/Cheaptrick – play in game        16      The Sex Pistols

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.