Mike Hall Blogging from Under 14 Rogers Indoor Junior Nationals in Vancouver: Blog 2

Final flights were determined today at the u14 nationals.  Even more exciting was to see the sun make an appearance this afternoon!

Vanessa Wong continued her winning streak after winning the under 12 nationals last week.  Today she defeated the tournaments 5th seed – Marianne Gareau – to book herself a spot in the championship flight and final 8.

Charlotte Petrick, the tournaments top seed cruised through her round robin with ease.  Tomorrow she will play Wong in the quarter finals.

Nikki Carnovale also won all of her round robin matches without much resistance.  Nikki will take on a surprise player, Stacey Fung from BC, who was able to eliminate 2 seeded players on route to the championship flight.

Grace Xu was playing flawless tennis until she met up with the 4th seed, Patricia Muamba.  This was Graces first defeat in the event and will now move to flight #2.

Tina Kreinis had walkover this morning but suffered a tough defeat at the hands of Charlotte Robillard Millet.  Tina will now move on to flight #3.

Christian Lakoseljac had the match of the day playing fellow Ontarian Wills Tutecky.  The winner of this match was to qualify for the championship.  After 3 and a half hours of play, and overcoming some adversity down 53 in the final set, Christian was able to pull off the upset taking the match 76(8), 16, 75.  Christian will now play against Raheel Manji of Ontario in the quarter finals.

Adrian Mag had a tougher day on the courts today.  Adrian suffered a tough 3 set defeat to Kyryll Krevchin earlier in the day knocking him out of the championship flight.  Later on he lost to seeded player Benjamin Sigouin.  Adrian will hope to turn things around in flight 3 tomorrow.

Tomorrow, the boys and girls championship flights will each feature 5 out of the 8 players from Ontario.  Go team!

That’s it for me.  Long days here at the nationals and the lack of sun can make for depressing days sometimes.  Let’s hope our Ontario players keep dominating to keep this tournament exciting!

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.

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.

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.

Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…