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Soufiane Azargui: Florida

Written by: Soufiane Azargui

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***19 year old Soufiane Arzagui came to Toronto from Morocco at the age of 10 and a half. Over the next 7 years, Soufiane developed as an excellent tennis player winning singles and doubles titles at the national and ITF level as well as maintaining a high academic level at Bateman High School in Burlington. After six years at the ACE tennis Academy he fulfilled his objective of receiving a scholarship to an Ivy League school, Brown University in September of 2010.  Soufiane will be blogging us on a regular basis about his freshman season.***

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We just landed in Florida last night, Ft. Lauderdale where we are expected to spend 5 days of our spring break this year and play both Florida Gulf Coast and Florida Atlantic University in preparation for the Ivy Season. We are scheduled to play with Aaron Krickstein tomorrow which will be pretty cool. To all the youngsters who do not recognize the name, he was a top ranked American player, reaching the top 10 in the world and getting to the 4th round or quarters of the US Open at the age of 16 and later on in his career, playing Jimmy Connors in a legendary match when Jimmy was 37 years old and made that dream run at the Open! It’s hot down here and we are all looking forward to getting a nice tan down here as we haven’t seen much sun in Providence lately ! Go Bruno!

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.