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Jesse Levine: Canada or USA?

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***Jesse Levine is a 23 year old from Ottawa who moved at the age of 13 to Florida due to his brother’s health. As a junior he won the US Under 14 championships, as well as the doubles junior title at Wimbledon. He was out for five months with a knee injury when he started his comeback. He had reached 94 ATP ranking in March of 2008 before slipping to 526 in August this past summer. He has just recently won the USTA Wild Card playoff beating Robbie Ginepri in the finals in front of Robbie’s home town crowd 60, 62,61 in under an hour and a half, and received a Wild Card to the Australian Open in January 2012.  He is currently ranked 164. He has continued his friendship with his former coach Nathan Gatt who now acts as a consultant and very good friend to Jesse.***

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ONcourt: Do you miss Canada?

Jesse Levine: I really miss Ottawa, I grew up there and my mom’s side of the family still lives there. I am a huge Sens fan, so of course, I miss the hockey and family and friends that I have there.

ONcourt: In recent years efforts were made to bring you back to play for Canada?

Jesse Levine: Yes, there was especially after I got to the third round of Wimbledon. I was disappointed it did not work out although I am open to come back as I have not played Davis Cup for the US.

ONcourt: Who is your support team now?

Jesse Levine: Obviously, my parents and brother are a big part of my support team. Nathan Gatt, my coach when I was 13 years old, has always been a big part of my support team, as well as a big brother to me. Also, SGT major Keith Williams, a former US marine, has also played a big role on my support team.

ONcourt: While going through rehabilitation, did you ever think of quitting?

Jesse Levine: I never thought of quitting tennis, but there were for sure doubts in my mind if I would be back to 100 percent.

ONcourt: How do you feel about your performance of the last six months and what are you goals now?

Jesse Levine: I am happy with my performance over the last six months, not satisfied but happy. I am hoping to play all the Slams this year and be back in the top 100 by US Open. I’m still hungry to get back to where I want to be, there’s still plenty of food on the table.

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.