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Sam Monette Is a Hoosier

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***Samuel Monette, the strong leftie from Repentigny, has won six Canadian Junior titles during his career, has been at the National Center in Montreal for the last two years, reached a top 160 ITF ranking and recently signed with the University of Indiana to start his college career in September 2012.***

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ONcourt: Your two years at the NTC provided you with great opportunities, what sticks out in your mind?

Sam Monette: The opportunity provided me with a chance to mature as a person and to develop autonomy. I was very lucky to live all types of new experiences from travelling the world to seeing and competing with the best players of my age.

ONcourt: Was it hard to make the decision to bypass the opportunity to play pro and go to University?

Sam Monette: Last year in May I had a close match with Vasek Pospisil and I was unsure as I was doing well. Since then I have taken a step backward and decided to fulfill my childhood dream of playing on a US college team.

ONcourt: What schools were you interested in and what made you decide on Indiana?

Sam Monette: I was fortunate to have many schools interested in me, Mississippi State, University of North Carolina, Kentucky, Auburn and Illinois to name a few but at the end of the day, “the feeling right” school was Indiana. I felt comfortable with the coach, Indiana is recognised as a top ten school in psychology which will be my major, and my friend and role model, Isade Juneau, will be a teammate.

ONcourt: What are your plans till you go to school?

Sam Monette: I will keep on training hard but my priority will be school, which I will attend full time, as I must finish 14 credits to get my CGEP degree.

ONcourt: Can you see yourself going pro after college?

Sam Monette: Of course, players do not mature till they are 24 and I’ll finish University when I am 22. I look at college as a step to the pros.

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.