Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: ACE Tennis Mantra

***Note: The development of goals, objectives, short term and long term plans can only be achieved through knowing what you want as a final picture, conducting an inventory of what you possess as it relates to this final picture and an accompanying plan to develop the areas you are lacking in. The ACE TENNIS MANTRA provides a blueprint of how we would like for a player getting ready to go to University or to try his/her luck on the tour to look like. From this we create long and short individual plans as well as create our yearly integrated training programs.  “The Bear”***


The way we want the players, parents and coaches of ACE Tennis to approach the player’s development.

The overall objectives of ACE Tennis are:

  1. to develop a commitment to excellence in their youngsters
  2. To develop their playing level so that they can:
    1. Receive a US tennis scholarship upon graduating from high school
    2. Or be selected for the Canadian National team
  3. To develop opportunities for coaches to continue their personal development through professional opportunities.

The players, parents and coaches should be structured in their approach to the player’s development. The first step is for all involved to agree on the stated overall player goals [above or other]. The achievement of these goals would be supported by the application of general progressive integrated yearly training plans complemented by individual training plans.

These yearly plans would address “What is required to succeed” through a progressive and integrated approach which would respect the following criteria:

1. Outstanding tennis specific conditioning, movement, agility and coordination

2. A rational emotional and problem solving approach to issues  and opportunities

3. An overall game style which is marked by the ability to play with consistency in all situations. This quality of consistency will insure confident, consistent  application of proper decisions and actions in the following situations of play [game style/tactics]

  • The ability to take control of the point when serving or at least  creating a neutral situation
  • The ability to neutralize the serve when returning or even better to take control of the point
  • The application of all options to create pressure when the balls received are in 3/4 court:

– Mostly with the forehand

– But also with precision with the backhand slice

– And power with the backhand inside out

  • The ability to counter effectively

– when attacked on the backhand side against attack forehands or backhand slice, especially the ability to hit quick down the line to change who controls the point

– when attacked wide on the forehand [hitting cross on the run]

  • An overall understanding and the required abilities to finish points when at the net

4. A personal development approach based on respect of self, others and the game and a true desire to develop personal excellence.

Etymology for Mantra

The Sanskrit word mantra- (m.; also n. mantram) consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”.[3][4]

A Indo-Iranian *mantra is also preserved in Avestan manthra, effectively meaning “word” but with far-reaching implications: Manthras are inherently “true” (aša), and the proper recitation of them brings about (realizes) what is inherently true in them. It may then be said that manthras are both an expression of being and “right working” and the recitation of them is crucial to the maintenance of order and being. (See also: Avestan aša- and Vedic ?tá-)

Indo-Iranian *s?tyas mantras (Yasna 31.6: hai??m mathrem) thus “does not simply mean ‘true Word’ but formulated thought which is in conformity with the reality’ or ‘poetic (religious) formula with inherent fulfillment (realization).'”[5]

The Chinese translation is zhenyan ??, ??, literally “true words”, the Japanese on’yomi reading of the Chinese being shingon (which is also used as the proper name for the prominent esoteric Shingon sect).

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.