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Eric Giguere: From High Performance to Progressive Tennis

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***Eric was a provincial coach for Quebec at the recent ACE Cup in Burlington. He started playing tennis at the age of 16, went on to play in college at the University of Wisconsin Stout. A level 3 Tennis Canada coach, he been developing players since 1990. He has coached at the top three Qubec tennis schools: Academie de Tennis Jacques Herisset in Quebec City, Academie Menard Girardin in Montreal and now the Academie de tennis Momentum in Repentigny.***

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ONcourt: What caused you to suddenly shift your coaching emphasis from HP to progressive tennis?

Eric Giguere: I stopped coaching for 6 years when my wife became pregnant with my second child. I took a 6 year break and found out that more than anything I was a coach. So I decided to come back to tennis. I wanted to work with players who had dreams, passion  and enthusiasm. I found that I was getting that with the younger kids who were more committed and willing to learn. I also wanted to make a difference in how the kids were started, especially from a technical/tactical standpoint, so that they could really have a chance to make it if they had the required profile.

ONcourt:  Do you see a big difference in the level of play of the U12 players now compared to previously?

Eric Giguere: I find that the level of the under 12 today is better that what I have seen in the past. Mostly I find that their strokes are more mature and they are tactically more advanced. I find them more intuitive on the court and with more offensive intents.

ONcourt: Academie Momentum has always had great national level juniors. What is the key to their success?

Eric Giguere:  Coaching team is the success of Repentigny. Stability, unity and mutual values are what lies behind our coaching staff. We feel that if we find someone with our values and ethics we will hire him. We have just hired a coach from France,  who played at a professional level. He brings to the academy and the kids an experience to help them develop and improve. Experience and undying passion is also part of us. Our team of coaches has developed national champions over the last 20 years.

ONcourt: If you could do one initiative to help Canadian junior development what would it be?

Eric Giguere: This is difficult to answer. I don’t think I have something special to offer but I will say that I’m willing to offer my time to anyone who feels that my experience can provide something positive to them. I do believe that we need to improve our tournament structure but with the initiatives that Tennis Canada has made in the progressive area, we are on the right track.

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.