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The Bear, Davis Cup #8: “Everything is Possible”

The Bear: Hey Joker that was a tough loss at the Open on Monday night? The Joker: Well you know I have brought it on myself. In the last two finals of the grand slams at Wimbledon and the US Open I have gone 5 long sets. Taking my time in the semis and using all that energy is not the best way to be prepared physically and mentally to play Andy or Rafa for a major title.

Written by: Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche

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Conversation between the Joker and the Bear at the Belgrade airport: A
parody.

The Bear: Hey Joker that was a tough loss at the Open on Monday night?

The Joker: Well you know I have brought it on myself. In the last two finals
of the grand slams at Wimbledon and the US Open I have gone 5 long sets.
Taking my time in the semis and using all that energy is not the best way to
be prepared physically and mentally to play Andy or Rafa for a major title.

The Bear: How did the Gala go on Tuesday night in New York, you looked pretty
good in your tuxedo and all those beautiful models?

The Joker: You know when you are a leading figure in your area like I am, I
must commit to giving back and help as much as possible. I would rather have
been sleeping in Belgrade but responsibilities are responsibilities.

The Bear: What do you think of this Davis Cup semi-finals against Canada?

The Joker: Davis Cup is always unpredictable, even though we are heavy
favorites anything can happen. I am not used to playing on red clay at this
time of the year plus are these guys really Canadians? Look at the names, it
seems like we are playing against Serbia and Montenegro. Daniel Nestor and
Frank Dancevic could be playing for us. Dancevic even lives here. Then you
have the guy from Montenegro, Milos with the Howitzer serve, and this guy
Pospisil which sounds quite Czech to me. These guys are as much Canadians as
the Montreal Canadians, except their coach Laurendeau is a Nordique fan. I
love Canada so this will be interesting. By the way what does that Chinese
tattoo say on your arm?


The Bear: It’s something I picked up in a dark training place in Taiwan. It
says “The key to success is determination and perseverance”, we have been
waiting a long time for this moment.

The Joker: Nothing worse than playing against an opponent who believes
they can win and believes in destiny. Sorry must go I’m tired, need some
sleep and at least one practice on that red clay. See you Friday.

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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.