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Diana Srebrovic: The Queen Is Back

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***Diana Srebrovic, born  in Toronto, lives in Burlington, is 21 [“I wish”], really 27 . She has had an amazing storied tennis career. Nine Canadian junior titles led to the opportunity of an outstanding pro career. Instead, she turned her attention to college, decided on the University of Virginia before transferring to the University of Florida where she attained a #1 NCAA ranking. She now works with Bobby Armitage and Nathalie Armitage in the Oakville Tennis Academy. She recently played the $9000 events in Burlington and Niagara.***

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ONcourt: When you were at Universities, you transferred to Gator land [University of Florida], what were your reasons?

Diana Srebrovic: Initially, I chose the University of Virginia for its renowned academic program. However, I quickly realized that I would not be able to attain my athletic goals in Charlottesville. Having dedicated so much of my life to tennis, I didn’t want to watch my potential slip away before I was actually ready to give it up.

ONcourt: You had the potential for a great career in the pros, why did you stop playing on the WTA tour?

Diana Srebrovic: I decided to forgo the pro tour and instead accepted a scholarship simply because I wanted an education to fall back on. I was not willing to take the risk of a career ending injury. Turns out I made the right decision as a back injury prevented me from competing in my senior year at Florida.

ONcourt: After four years off playing competitive tennis, what has made you come back to tournament play and how did you enjoy your experience?

Diana Srebrovic: After not having played for many years I missed the game, the competition, the adrenalin. It was a moment of personal reminiscence. I absolutely LOVED competing again!

ONcourt: What does the future hold gor Diana? Is it tennis, business or ..?

Diana Srebrovic: Retirement… I’m just on my way out the door to buy a lottery ticket!

ONcourt: Would you have your children play tennis?

Diana Srebrovic: I would most definitely expose my children to tennis. Whether or not they would like it enough to pursue is a decision for them to make. Ultimately, I would hope that I can provide my children with the athletic opportunities and life enhancing experiences I was so fortunate to be provided with through tennis.

ONcourt: What has tennis meant to you?

Diana Srebrovic: For a long time tennis was my life. So much that I didn’t even attend a traditional high school. All I did was play. Through the years tennis taught me so much about myself and so much about life. It has taught me work ethic, discipline, respect, persistence, self reliance to name just a few. Without it I would not be the person I am today.

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.