Andre Agassi on his father’s interaction with Pete Sampras

“Andre remembers one of the very few times his father attended one of his matches and how all hell almost broke loose.”

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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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Ricky Twynam: Québec Tennis Issues Brought to the Fore

Placing major provincial selection events during final exams and minister exams. How does this encourage participation? I have 45 competitive kids that will NOT be playing the 1st or 2nd selection event towards summer nationals due to tennis Quebec’s poor planning. All kids are currently ranked players in the province of Quebec. The Commission des entraineurs voted and pushed back nationals by two to three weeks finally, yet the provincial selection events are scheduled at the same time as last year or even sooner than last year. Weird. Also after our meeting a year ago on the “competitive structure” we had identified that we have a great volume of participation in the 10’s, 12’s and 14’s and then what happens?

Allen Fox: “Resist Reacting Emotionally After Points, (An excerpt from Tennis: Winning the Mental Match)”

Your game will tend to follow your emotions, positive ones producing good play and negative ones, bad play, so you need to control them rather than having them control you. The starting point for this (and probably the most useful single idea in this book) is the following: When a point ends have no feeling or emotional reactions at all! It means that whether you have made the most egregious error or hit the most outlandish winner, it’s generally best to have no emotional reaction whatsoever. No matter how important the point, when it’s over, regardless of outcome, you simply turn around and start walking back into position having had no emotional reaction. Nothing happened! As an example, watch Roger Federer’s face at the end of a point. You will not usually be able to tell if he has just hit a winner or missed a sitter. Most of the time, he doesn’t react. You see the outer lack of reaction, but, equally importantly, he doesn’t usually react internally either.