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Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche: “The Surfing Bear”

The Bear is hibernating in the Dominican Republic. I am not living a midlife crisis but coming to terms with the concept that my health might determine the quality of my future life and my ability to continue doing what I love best, working with tennis, kids, friends, family and to resume playing the sport I love. I have taken a page out of Karl Hale’s transformation as an Ironman and have committed to getting healthier.

Written by: Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche

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***Pierre Lamarche has been an outspoken proponent of Canadian tennis and how the sport should have a major place in the Canadian sport landscape. He believes this lofty ambition can only be achieved through the combination of success on the international professional competitive scene, with the required domestic infrastructure and a true partnership between Tennis Canada and the tennis private sector.

His comments are often taken as critical by those who feel targeted by his questions. His background as a player, coach, and leader [see background] in the sport and coaching industry warrants that his views, which are shared by many others, be given due process by anyone [or organization] who really wants to help Canadian Tennis achieve the proper national status it deserves in the sport community.***

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The Bear is hibernating in the Dominican Republic. I am not living a midlife crisis but coming to terms with the concept that my health might determine the quality of my future life and my ability to continue doing what I love best, working with tennis, kids, friends, family and to resume playing the sport I love. I have taken a page out of Karl Hale’s transformation as an Ironman and have committed to getting healthier. I have taken two months off for the first time in my life to work at being a lean healthy Bear. I am learning to surf, tough sport for whales, Big Bears or humans with two titanium knees. I am progressing slowly but happily while following religiously what is happening in my tennis world back home.

Canada defeats Italy – The Greatest Day in Canadian Tennis, Sunday April 7th

Representing your country and winning national Championships are achievements which affect you for the rest of your life. This past weekend, Canada’s win over Italy at the Davis Cup provides an unbelievable opportunity for the sport in our country. Yes Milos Raonic is huge, Daniel Nestor was and is still one of the best doubles player in the world, but that Sunday win will do wonders for the sport in our country: good old hockey-mad Canada advanced to the semifinals of the World Group in tennis. How unbelievable is that? All of Canada, even people who hardy follow the sport will see this country compete against Serbia and the #1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic in the fall, in the semifinals of Davis Cup, probably in Belgrade. This is huge for any sport, it is an unbelievable opportunity for tennis in this country. Dancevic, Raonic and Nestor have strong roots in the region, it will be an unbelievable time. I certainly plan to be there and support the team and our country, join me.

I must congratulate captain Martin Laurendeau, his players, his support team, his Tennis Canada team for an outstanding job of providing our Davis Cup potential players with the support required to succeed at this level. Thank you to all of you for making us so proud.

Canadian National Junior Champions 2013

Winning a National Championship is an achievement that provides a sense of accomplishment which is hard to duplicate when playing competitive tennis. I followed intently the Canadian National Junior Championships over the last two weeks, and I would like to congratulate the following 2013 Canadian Junior Indoor Champions:

  • Boys Under 12: Liam Draxl, Ontario
  • Girls Under 12: Viktoriya Tabunshchyk, Ontario
  • Boys Under 14: Benjamin Siguoin, BC
  • Girls Under 14: Charlotte Robillard-Millette, Quebec
  • Boys Under 16: Raheel Manji, Ontario
  • Girls Under 16: Rosie Johanson, BC
  • Boys Under 18: Alejandro Tabilo, Ontario
  • Girls Under 18: Marie-Alexandre Leduc, Quebec

On Michael Emmett’s article on Nadal

The world of Performance Enhancing Drugs is a very complex one. If a drug is used for recovery, is that considered performance enhancing or simple efficient management of recovery? Why should an athlete not receive the same treatment that is applied in the recovery of injury to normal every day individuals? These every day individuals will be able to return to their work without the fear of testing positive or being stigmatised in the press.

Believing that Nadal has received some type of recovery assistance which could be questionable, is not hard to believe especially when you look at the facts. We do not like for our stars to be less than gods, but the reality is that they are no different than the rest of the world. The demands on their lives and the required performances for success often lead them into grey areas which are misunderstood and which have been part of sport since the beginning of times.

We published Michael’s article because we feel that we must be an open forum for discussion and that all voices deserve to be heard. Anyone who understands the demand of the sport and the short term performance benefits of certain drugs on recovery and volume training must certainly understand the lure of performance enhancing drugs in preparation for tennis competition.

This is an issue that has been talked about intensively behind the scenes. Knowledge can help in making the sport better for all present and future players. Usage of performance enhancing drugs in high schools has been proven as rampant in training for certain sports. Let’s not bury our heads in the sand, performance enhancement drugs are a reality of almost all professional sports.

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.