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.


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.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.

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: “The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts Overview”

The ACE 2008 Team Tryouts were held last weekend at all 3 ACE Tennis locations: Toronto Tennis City, Astra Tennis Club and Cedar Springs Health, Racquet and Sports Club.
The 2008 ACE Team concept is a talent identification program aimed at 5 year old kids who will turn 6 years old in 2014. This program is an experimental one to test some aspects of player development in tennis. The concept is to group a selection of players in a structured 30 week team environment in which they will be exposed to a scientific approach to player development following Tennis Canada guidelines and the ACE Tennis Mantra.

Harry Greenan: Champion Maker

__________ ***Harry was born in Scotland and came to Canada at the age of 9. He started playing the game at 13. Was heavily involved