Interviewed by: Pierre Lamarche
*** Simon Levy has been at ACE Tennis Academy for the past year and a half. As a Jamaican, he has had the opportunity of playing the World Junior Tennis Championships as well as Junior Davis Cup, representing Jamaica as the second and first seed respectively. Simon has also represented Jamaica in the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl International competitions for U12, U14 and U16. In the past year he has competed in the National Selections and Provincial Competitions.
Olivia Peisachovitz is 16 years old, she started playing tennis at the age of 12. Prior to moving to Burlington to train at the ACE Academy, Oliva lived in Ottawa. While training at ACE, Oliva is being looked after by a host family and been coached by Egor as well as working on her mental preparation with Sue. ***
Pierre Lamarche: What did you think of the Niagara versus ACE dual match?
Olivia Peisachovitz: I think that the event was an awesome way to meet new people and experience different styles of play from different people.
Simon Levy: Overall, I thought it was a great opportunity for the players from both academies to hang out and get to know each other better. Of course it ended up being a fairly close encounter between Niagara and ourselves, however their team played very well and edged past us with the total number of games won.
PL: Was it more competitive or fun oriented?
OP: The event, I think, was a little bit of both. It was really fun but competitive at the same time. It was fun cheering on the ACE players and having that Davis Cup style of play. But mainly I think that is was fun oriented, it was all about getting together and practicing and enjoying meeting new people.
SL: I would definitely say that our experience at NAT’s club was one which focused primarily on the idea of having fun. Although the participating players gave their full effort throughout the matches, it was no doubt that the event’s purpose was to develop a friendship between the players from each club. Because of the relaxed environment, I personally felt that it was a very enjoyable time getting to know the Niagara kids.
PL: Which player on the other team made an impression on you?
OP: I can’t really pick out one player in particular, but there was this one doubles team that was really good. I thought that was pretty impressive, it was really fun watching them play.
SL: Jose Eduardo Landin. Although I knew him from previous tournaments, playing against him on Thursday again showed me what a great player he is. I really like his game style and the way he behaves on court; very calm and collected.
PL: Do you think there should be more team events?
OP: Yes, definitely. I think these kinds of events make tennis more fun, it takes your mind off of the actual sport and lets you just enjoy the game, have fun with it.
SL: Without a doubt there should be more team events like these. It is always a pleasure getting to know the players of different academies better, especially when you are doing it in a fun and friendly environment. I am definitely looking forward to future team events with Niagara and other academies.
SL: I would like to give a big thanks to the Niagara tennis team for their wonderful hospitality. They were the perfect hosts for the occasion and couldn’t have done a better job in receiving us.