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

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***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.***

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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.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.
 

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.

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