She’s Back! Gracia Mboko, Fit and Ready for the Outdoor Season


***Gracia trains at ACE Tennis in Burlington along with her 2 younger brothers Kevin and David and her  younger sister Victoria. Currently ranked #12 in Ontario U16, Gracia has begun the outdoor season as the Winner of the U16 National Selections #1, Finalist of the U18 National Selections #1 and is in the final of the U18 National Selections #2 still waiting to play her final match as the semi-final has been postponed due to rain.***


ONcourt: What do you attribute to your recent success?

Gracia Mboko: While I was injured, I had some time to reflect on my game and how I was training and competing before I got injured. I thought about what I needed to work on to get back into competition. I decided to really work on my mental discipline and focus, continue to build and apply my strengths, and to improve on my weaknesses.  I have gained a certain belief in myself and know that I can really use my strengths. I have been working hard and know that I am fit.

ONcourt: What is your goal for this summer?

Gracia Mboko: I want to try to get in as many matches as possible, keep up with the focus and intensity and hopefully, win Provincials and Nationals.

ONcourt: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Gracia Mboko: I will try to become a professional player, but I also want to go to university, study medicine and be a Doctor. I think it is very important to have a back-up plan.

ONcourt: What kind of a doctor?

Gracia Mboko: I would like to be a Neonatologist.

ONcourt: Being the eldest of your siblings, what kind of impact do you think you have on your brothers and sister?

Gracia Mboko: I have to set the example. My sister (only 5) really looks up to me. I don’t want her to get any of my own bad habits or to make the same mistakes that I did. With my brothers, I feel that if I do well, it will motivate them. If I do well, maybe they will be more motivated to do better. I don’t do it for them, I do it for myself, but I do want to set a good example.

ONcourt: Thank you Gracia. It was nice speaking with you. Good luck this summer.

Gracia Mboko: Hopefully everything carries throughout the summer, and that I can keep learning from every match I play and continue to improve everyday. Practice makes perfect.

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.