Soufiane Azargui: ECACs

We got a good draw at the ECACs, drawing 4th seeded Harvard in the first round. We were confident we could take them, especially since we were playing well up to this point and they have not looked that impressive. We were ready for some revenge, and also to beat one of the transfers from our team to theirs last year to prove to them that Brown tennis is looking very strong this year. We started off pretty strong, but they matched our intensity. Brandon and I lost at #1 doubles, in front of my mom :), 8-7 (7-4) in a tightly contested match. They were the regional champs but we were right there with them. As for the 2 n 3s, they lost in pretty tight matches as well, so we got swept to start the match. However, in the singles, we had three guys win and they had 2 guys beat us, at 1 and 6. It was down to Tommy D, at #4 who came back from a 4-0 deficit in the second to extend the match to a deciding third, which would also decide the dual meet because we were locked at 3 all. Unfortunately, Tom understandably didn’t have enough in the tank, battling sickness all week as he eventually fell 6-3 in the third. It was a bit of a disappointment and a shock but we needed to bounce back to play Columbia tomorrow, the defending champs. The next morning, I got to play my pal from back home, with whom I practiced with for an entire summer a couple summers ago and who was ranked with his partner as their #1 doubles team. Brandon and I came out firing, and although it was a weird feeling to play him in college, we both wanted to beat them. We shocked them with an 8-6 win and our #2s used that momentum to come back from a break down to win 9-7 and clinch the point for us !! Tommy D could not start today because he just got sicker over the night. Coach put me in at #6. We all came out intense, firing one another up. We won 4 of the 6 matches, losing at only 2 and 3 to clinch the match 5-2!! This was a big statement for us so we were excited about that although there were still things to improve. Brunoooooo! 🙂 Let’s keep this going boys!

A deeper dive into second serve statistics

The two most widely reported second serve statistics in professional tennis are the number of double faults a player hit, and their second serve winning percentage. If we’re trying to understand the effectiveness of a particular player’s second serve, relying only on those statistics has significant drawbacks. Article by Michal Kokta.

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.