Marie-Eve Pelletier: “La Belle Marie-Eve. The Swan Song”


***Marie-Eve comes from Repentigny By the Sea. She is 29 years old, won many national Junior titles and played Fed Cup for over 10 years for Canada. Her best WTA ranking in singles was #103 and 53 in doubles. Last March, semi retired and questioning her future, she got back in shape with the help of Kieran Foy at the National Center in Montreal  to give one last go at the tour to see how far up she could get her singles ranking back up. During her career she played Team Tennis for four years, as well as five years in France for the Racing Club and also in Holland where her team won the Championships.***


ONcourt: How are you enjoying your farewell tour?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: I am having a great time playing better and better and able to enjoy the whole process as it is not so stressful.

ONcourt: Mentally how do you deal with your impeding retirement?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: I really enjoyed playing tennis. I am sad about this coming to an end as I really like the tour and the travel. Tennis is a real passion for me. Of course, there has to be a certain sadness in the end coming but I’m enjoying the process as I go.

ONcourt: Life after the tour, what does it hold?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: Hopefully, a nice family, not as much traveling, still some, and I would love to contribute helping young upcoming junior Canadian players. Brodcasting is also an area which I am interested in. I definitely want to stay involved in tennis.

ONcourt: To start a family you must have a partner. What are the prospects?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: Hopefully, I’ll find one, although I have a special one right now [NHL Goalie Pascal Leclaire].

ONcourt: What is it like having a relationship with another professional athlete?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: Great as we get to share exciting lifestyles and we understand the sacrifices that must be done. As well, we enjoy talking about the mental side of competition. You might know that he is seriously injured at the moment, so last year when I was waivering about competing, he encouraged me to give it one more try, since I was healthy. I hope he gets to do the same thing as well.

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.