Joan Cannon: “Hi from Princeton”

Written by: Joan Cannon

__________

***Joan has always dreamed of attending an Ivy League college and playing on its tennis team. Her entire life from age 13 onward has been focused on achieving this long-term goal. Joan and her parents moved to Burlington at the start of Grade 9, so that she could train full-time at the ACE Academy. By Grade 10, Joan managed to establish herself in the top ten in Canada for her age group and began to focus more seriously on the academic prerequisites for an acceptance to an Ivy League college. After four long years of commitment and hard work, Joan was finally accepted to Princeton and is now blogging us about her freshman season.***

__________

Hi from Princeton! Well, my parents and I drove down to Princeton (8 hours!) about 2 weeks ago, and I moved into my ENORMOUS room. I’m living in Forbes College, which is the nicest college as it used to be a hotel (I have my own washroom … so lucky!!!) but the college farthest from the centre of campus (yay … no Freshmen 15 for me!). It definitely feels like and looks like Hogwarts, although I’ve had to fend off 5 cockroaches on my own without bug spray.

On my 1st day, I bought a cell phone and a laptop, and I started a bank account and filled it with my parent’s money. Yes, my social life starts in college. My parents couldn’t wait to leave me, so they left on the second day and booked a trip to Florida on the next day. My first week was a blast, and filled with fun ice-breaking and ice-melting International Orientation activities. I met so many interesting people from countries that I’ve never even heard of (Oman) or been to (Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Jamaica, Ghana). I also found the other 20 Canadian freshmen on campus, and about half of them are playing on the men’s and women’s hockey teams (what a shock).

By my second week, I started being able to find my way around campus … or at least most of it while I had my face stuck in front of a map. Tennis practice and weight training started, and I realized how much I love my team!! We have 8 people on the women’s tennis team … 2 seniors (Hil and Rach), 2 juniors (Mon and Cait), 1 sophomore (Flanny), and 3 freshmen (me, Gopes, and Linds). They’re all fabulous in their own ways, and helping me break out of my shell. My coaches, Megan and Luana, are the best coaches that I could have hoped for (but Pierre will always be my favorite!). They are very laid back and do-it-yourself types of people, but at the same time are very passionate about and invested in the team and every player. I had the best week of practice that I’ve ever had this past week. Practicing as a team is just so different than anything else I’ve ever experienced. I felt and heard the support of my team members with their constant cheers of “Let’s go Princeton” and “Here we go Tigers”. This past week was all about forming a team bond as we ate, sweat, hung out, and hit the Street together. I also love how close the men’s and women’s tennis teams are, and I feel like we’re all one big happy family (cheesy I know, but it’s true).

Our 1st tournament is in 2 weeks at the Brown Invitational (hey Souf!), which I am super excited for. The next week for me is Freshmen Orientation, lawn parties (where we all dress up really preppy to fulfill the Princeton stereotype!), tennis practice, and time to pick classes (which don’t actually start until the 15th). Well, I’m off to a soccer match between Princeton and a rival school but I’ll write next month to let you know about my first college tournament. Bye!

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.

WEBINARS
VIDEOS
ARCHIVED NEWS
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…