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A Synergy of Art and Science for a New Era of Tennis

Mark Raynes Roberts is a world-renowned, multi-award-winning goldsmith, crystal artist and designer. Born in 1961, in Sutton Coldfield, England, he has resided in Toronto, Canada since 1982. Over the past quarter-century, Raynes has achieved world-wide acclaim for his crystal masterpieces and iconic award designs. Recipients of his work include international leaders in business, arts, sports and sciences. In 2001, and again in 2002, Raynes Roberts was commissioned by Tennis Canada to create the WTA and ATP Rogers Cup tennis trophies for both Canadian Tennis Championships. The trophy has become a recognizable icon on the tennis circuit.

It has been 10 years since Mark Raynes Roberts first designed the Rogers Cup trophies for the WTA and the ATP. As the tournament approaches in August, Mark has created this amazing presentation featuring all the champions with the trophies throughout the past years. Enjoy!

For more information, visit http://www.markraynesroberts.com.***

To read the ONcourt interview with Mark Raynes Roberts (March 2011), please click here.

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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.