Christopher Simnett: Damien David Crowned Quebec U18 Champion

Written by: Christopher Simnett


***Chris grew up playing tennis in B.C. and was ranked as high as No. 2 provincially in the U12 and U16 divisions. He played in two junior national championships in the 80s. Now 39 years old, he is the “community champion” for the Tennis Canada Building Tennis Communities strategy in Airdrie, AB, where he lives with his wife and eight-year-old son. Chris spent 15 years as a journalist writing about sports for newspapers in B.C. and Alberta. He now works in public relations in Calgary. To learn more about Chris and his blog, please visit***


Top-seed Damien David won the Quebec boys’ Under-18 title with a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory over second-seed Jean-Michel Blouin in Laval on March 6.

David cruised through the first two rounds, defeating Osama Zoghlami 6-4, 6-1 in the first round, dumping David Raymond 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter-finals before squeaking past third-seed Frederic Cadieux 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4 in the semifinals.

Blouin dumped MacKenzie Stearns 6-2, 6-0 in the first round, defeated Graham Ball 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 in the quarters and dumped fourth-seed Francis Bertrand 6-2, 6-2 in the semis.

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.