ONcourt Interview: Stéphanie Dubois

Stéphanie Dubois was born in Laval, Quebec. She is 26 years old and is a ball of fire on the court. The 5’4” double-handed backhand players is a hard hitter, always going forward. This past year she reached a career high #87 in singles. She has been a mainstay of the Canadian tennis landscape forever it seems, which is great as she is without a doubt one of the most pleasant players.

__________

*** Stéphanie Dubois was born in Laval, Quebec. She is 26 years old and is a ball of fire on the court. The 5’4” double-handed backhand players is a hard hitter, always going forward. This past year she reached a career high #87 in singles. She has been a mainstay of the Canadian tennis landscape forever it seems, which is great as she is without a doubt one of the most pleasant players. ***

__________

ONcourt: Stéphanie, Canadian women’s tennis is on the upswing. How old are you now?

Stéphanie Dubois: Twenty-five, twenty-six tomorrow.

ONcourt: Twenty-six tomorrow, happy birthday!

SD: Thank you.

ONcourt: You’re a pretty young person to be one of the elder statesmen. How does it feel to be the person that they’re all after and you’re the role model?

SD: I’m young but I’ve been on the circuit for eight or nine years now so it’s been a long time, but there are a lot of Canadians coming up and they’re young and that’s good. I don’t feel old yet but maybe in a couple years (laughs).

ONcourt: Tell me, you say you’ve been on the tour for eight years – it’s quite demanding. How long do you see yourself staying on the tour?

SD: I’ll be twenty-six so I’ll give myself maybe four or five years to reach my goals, where I want to go.

ONcourt: Your goals, you’ve been so close to being in the top-100 on an ongoing basis. You’re always hovering around. What do you think you have to do at this stage of your career to really rise to the next level? Because certainly if you can be 100, you can be 50.

SD: Certainly. Yes, yes, that’s my biggest goal that I want to achieve as soon as possible. You need to keep working hard, keep believing in yourself. Yeah. I guess have a lot of confidence in yourself and go for it.

ONcourt: Do you do anything different in your training or in your physical training?

SD: Ah, well I’ve been with my fitness coach for the last two years, so yeah I’ve changed that. I’ve changed coaches twice in the last five years so we’re putting things together.

ONcourt: Who is your coach?

SD: My coach is Bruno from Mexico. We’ve been working since June. So, about four months.

ONcourt: Are you adding things to your game or are you still Stéphanie, just like going in there head first and smacking them?

SD: I’m always going to fight on the court. I’m always going to be like this but yes we tried to improve some things in my game – the backhand, the serve’s always a big thing to have.

ONcourt: Tell me, you’ve been pretty injury free, haven’t you (compared to most players)?

SD: Yeah, the last two years I’ve been having injuries at the end of the season so it’s pretty much a good time to get them. But yes I’ve been pretty lucky. I think it’s the fitness over the years .

ONcourt: And, if we can talk a little bit about your fitness because I’m very interested in that part to let the kids know, how much fitness do you do and who is your fitness coach and what do you do on the road?

SD: Well my fitness coach is Jamie Livingston. She works with a lot of Olympians and her husband too so they make a big team. And I’m pretty lucky to be on that team with a lot of Olympians who’ve won medals. Fitness, I think, is important to have in your training every week because I think sometimes you should play a little bit less tennis and go and do fitness.

ONcourt: What is the ratio of your fitness to tennis?

SD: Well I would say it would be four to five times a week for an hour. I think that the fitness helps your tennis to be more stable, to be more in shape. You can last longer.

ONcourt: When you’re on the road do you still maintain your fitness?

SD: Yes I do but it’s kind of different. It depends what you do. If you’ve been playing well you play a lot of matches so you do maintenance. But if you lose early you strive to push yourself the first few days. I think it’s important. Also the stretching, recuperation helps a lot, drink a lot of water…and make sure your body is always fresh every day.

ONcourt: If I talked to Stéphanie Dubois four years from now and she’s playing her last year. What does she hope to tell me that she’s accomplished and so forth?

SD: That’s a good question. I think what I want to accomplish as my goals is to be as high as I can be [ranked], love what I’m doing still, and have done my best every day. For sure everyone wants to be the number one in the world but I have my goals to be in the top 20 or top 50 and I hope I can say I did.

ONcourt: Well in my books you’ve always been number one.

SD: (Laughs) Thank you Pierre. Merci.

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.

WEBINARS
VIDEOS
ARCHIVED NEWS
Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.

Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…