ONcourt Interview: “Brayden Schnur”

Interviewed by: Pierre Lamarche

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*** Brayden Schnur ‘s tennis started with the OTA Junior Tennis circuit where he won a few Provincial titles and a National title. At the age of 14 he moved to Florida to train with Heath Turpin, where we travelled the world competing on the ITF Junior circuit. At the age of 16 the National Training Centre (NTC) in Montreal invited Brayden to to train under the guidance of Louis Borfiga, Guillaume Marx, Jocelyn Robichaud, Andre Barett and Kiran Foy where he has been ever since. This month he turned 18, graduated from Bill Crothers S.S., with a high school diploma and an accepted a scholarship to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . This summer he is pursuing the Junior Grand Slams, Futures and Challenger Tour with my NTC family Mr. and Mrs Salter. ***

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Pierre Lamarche: “Brayden how has the last two years been for you?”

Brayden Schnur : “The last two years have been bitter sweet. Since we last spoke Pierre, I moved to Montreal, to the National Training Centre, where I have been living with an amazing host family. The NTC training and fitness has been world class but my body did not hold up at times and a few injuries have cost me down time that hurt my ranking and results. It’s been a hard two years, training, traveling and trying to graduate. The NTC group have been wonderful, we’re a family here and I can definitely say I couldn’t have done it without them.”

PL: “How many pro events did you play versus the number of ITF events?”

BS: “Starting in January 2012 up until now, i’ve played 22 Junior Tournaments and 13 pro events.”

PL: “What was your ATP and ITF ranking after your last junior tournament?”

BS: “My all time Jr ITF ranking this year was 26 but has slipped to 75 as I have been focusing on Futures and Challengers this year and my current ATP ranking is 804”

PL: “Last week in Kelowna you had a great tournament getting to the finals. What do you attribute your performance to and what is your ATP ranking now?”

BS “Kelowna was a great week for me, making it to the finals and having two match points on my racquet. I would have to attribute my performance to all the hard work and training I have been doing, to finally being capitalized from a clear, stress free head. I graduated from high school the week before and the pressure that was lifted from me, is unexplainable. It feels so good to see the big picture coming together.”

PL: “You have decided to attend North Carolina in the fall, was it a difficult decision and does your results last week make you have some second thoughts about your decision?”

BS: “Yes, I’m going to be a Tar Heel, going to UNC in January 2014. No, it wasn’t a difficult decision, it’s always been part of my dream, to play College team tennis, traveling and to actually go physically to a school and enjoy the campus life. I need this time to develop physically, emotionally and get a high quality education. I’ve chosen a great athletic school that has amazing coaches that I can learn a lot from. I will be playing high quality matches at school and will continue to compete on the Futures and Challenger tour. I have no second thoughs, if anything, the last few weeks confirms that my best tennis is still to come.”

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