Christopher Simnett: “De Stefano Da Man at Broadmoor Tourney”

Written by: Christopher Simnett


***Chris grew up playing tennis in B.C. and was ranked as high as No. 2 provincially in the U12 and U16 divisions. He played in two junior national championships in the 80s. Now 39 years old, he is the “community champion” for the Tennis Canada Building Tennis Communities strategy in Airdrie, AB, where he lives with his wife and eight-year-old son. Chris spent 15 years as a journalist writing about sports for newspapers in B.C. and Alberta. He now works in public relations in Calgary. To learn more about Chris and his blog, please visit***


Brazilian exchange student Andre Selem de stefano did it the hard way, but he captured the men’s 5.0 title at the Broadmoor Tennis Club in Edmonton on Sunday.

de stefano, the third-seed at the event, edged fourth seed Jose Villarroel 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 in the championship match. In the semifinals, de stefano defeated second-seed Kevin Longworth in another marathon, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. Villarroel took out unseeded Benjamin Lawson in the other semifinal. Lawson upset top-seed Nigel Lilley 7-6, 7-6 in the quarter-finals.

Third-seed Robert Serafin captured the men’s 4.0 title with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over unseeded Jihyun Yun in the championship match. Serafin defeated second-seed Bernie Bennett 6-1, 6-2 in one semifinal while Yun defeated fourth-seed Dan Townsend 7-5, 6-4 in the other. Yun edged top-seed Rory Marusiak 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in the quarter-finals.

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.