Soufiane Azargui: FGCU and FAU

Written by: Soufiane Azargui


***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.***


We took it to our florida teams this spring break ! We came out sweeping all three doubles matches against Florida Gulf Coast then winning 5 of the 6 singles matches to clinch a 6-1 kill. Brandon and I beat their number one doubles team 8-1 with Chuck and Fife clinching and Tommy and Kendo sweeping! I won at #6 singles 6-0 6-0 and it was the same story on other courts with easy match wins across.

Against FAU, we came out sluggish in the doubles dropping all three matches in close scores. Brandon and I lost 8-6 to their team. But we came out fired up in the singles and claimed three quick victories at 4, 5, and 6 with me winning a comfortable 6-1 6-3 at #6. However, rain inevitably caused us to call a “scratch” or a discounted match as we were not able to finish the dual match up 3-1 and in comfortable position to seal the victory.

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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.