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Jesse Flores: Junior on the Move

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***Jesse is 15, he started playing tennis at age 12, he was a rep soccer player, played basketball, football and baseball, rep level as well… Not a bad athlete. Started at the Oakville Club with Australian Steve Taylor then went to the Tennis School with Dani Naraizznao for the last year and a half. He now trains at ACE Tennis in Burlington. Last week he received the last spot from Ontario to the Canadian U 16 Nationals in Montreal. In the first round he beat third seed Akhil Mehta from Alberta 7-6 [5], 3-6, 7-5 in the third for the biggest upset of the event. Today he beat Alexander Berdnikoff also of Alberta 7-5, 6-3 to qualify for the quarter finals in his first national championship.***

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ONcourt: How does it feel to be called a rookie by your teammates and now you are in the quarters when some of them are out of the tournament?

Jesse Flores: Feels very lucky, fortunate, I can at least trash talk with Martin Beran, Daniel Hoang, Penfield Binet and Andreas Olave.

ONcourt: You seem calm on court, are you?

JF: I would say I am very calm and very relaxed on and off the court, I am very laid back and really don’t have many worries.

ONcourt: You really seem to love playing. Is tennis different than all those other sports or do you feel the same?

JF: The sports are the same in the attitude you must bring to the competition, but it is completely different because it’s you and your opponent , one on one, not a team and you can’t rely on anybody else.

ONcourt: What is the reaction at home with this sudden success?

JF: They are surprised, they think I’m kidding when I tell them I won; they are very happy and also happy that their investment in my tennis is bringing results

ONcourt: Tomorrow the quarters, how will you approach that?

JF: The same as my last two matches, not thinking ahead, just taking one step at a time, playing my game and staying focus.

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.