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Vieyra Joins Alabama Crimson Tide

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***David Vieyra currently trains at ACE Tennis in Burlington, Ontario, and has recently been offered a tennis scholarship to the University of Alabama commencing January 2012. A 2 time Canadian Junior Nationals Finalist, 3 time Canadian Junior Nationals Doubles Champion and top 300 ITF ranked player, David has travelled the world playing ITF’s and participated in the Junior Davis Cup for Canada. To read the article on David Vieyra from the Alabama Crimson Tide website, please click here.***

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ONcourt: Congratulations David on your scholarship to the University of Alabama. What does this mean to you?

David Vieyra: This opportunity means a great deal to me. The University of Alabama is known for both its great athletic and academic programs. I feel it will provide me with the necessary tools to excel on and off the court.

ONcourt: What have you done over the past year to make your tennis scholarship a reality?

David Vieyra: I believe that the scholarship I received was the result of many years of hard work. Over the last year I have focused primarily on my studies so that I could be in a position to receive an opportunity such as this.

ONcourt: What was your experience like training at Tennis Canada in Montreal?

David Vieyra: I had an enjoyable experience at the national training center in Montreal. Traveling and playing tennis with close friends has left me with many fond memories. The center provided me the opportunity to play tennis at the highest level and travel around the world to compete against some of the very best.

ONcourt: Why did you leave Tennis Canada and return to train at ACE Tennis?

David Vieyra: I left the national training center because I found it extremely difficult to balance both my tennis and studies. ACE provided me with the structure and support I needed to not only continue playing tennis at the highest level, but to also reach my goals academically. If not for ACE tennis and the help they have provided, perhaps the scholarship to the University of Alabama would not have come to fruition.

ONcourt: What are you looking forward to the most about playing for the University of Alabama?

David Vieyra: The University takes great pride in its athletics. Students wearing the A are some of the very best at their sport. I’m looking forward to being part of such an environment. As well, I look forward to playing tennis as part of a team, something that is extremely unique to college tennis.

ONcourt: Thank you very much for you time. Good luck with your tennis and your education.

David Vieyra: You’re welcome. Thank you.

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.