brayden

Pierre ” The Bear” Lamarche: “Catching up with Brayden Schnur”

Last January I really felt my results did not warrant for me to bypass University. Although I reached a high 21 ITF ranking it became obvious that I still had a lot to learn. My parents as always were instrumental in making my decision which was supported by them and the coaches at the National Centre in Montreal.

Photo Credit to: www.hebdorivenord.com/

Written by: Pierre ‘The Bear’ Lamarche

__________

***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.***

__________

    ONcourt: Brayden, deciding to go to University before pursuing the pro route must have been a tough decision?
    Brayden Schnur: Last January I really felt my results did not warrant for me to bypass University. Although I reached a high 21 ITF ranking it became obvious that I still had a lot to learn. My parents as always were instrumental in making my decision which was supported by them and the coaches at the National Centre in Montreal.
    OC: So then what happened?
    Brayden: Because of my ITF results I got a lot of attention from US coaches. I visited many great places, but at the end last April I signed with North Carolina. I chose North Carolina because they have a great athletic program and they are committed to develop college players into pro players, which is still my goal
    OC: During this time what was your major emphasis?
    Brayden: I was behind in my school work and thank god my Mom got on me and I focused intensively on finishing school which I did in June.
    OC: And then what happened?
    Brayden: Suddenly all the pressure was off, I got my high school degree, signed with a great University and was free to play tennis. I had two of the best weeks in my life getting to the finals of the Futures in Kelowna and winning the futures in Calgary.
    OC: Did you second guess your decision to go to school in the US?
    Brayden: It certainly gave me something to think about so I decided to keep on playing in the fall and go to school in January. My performances in the fall confirmed my decision that college was a better route for me.
    OC: Why is that?
    Brayden: I lack the consistency day in day out in keeping the same level of play. Right now I just feel it’s hit or miss. I will give myself a shot when I finish University. Not many guys make enough money until they are 22-23, by then I will be much stronger and be more mature mentally.
    OC: Did Tennis Canada offer you the same opportunity as they gave Peliwo (now training in Spain and preparing to enter the tour full time)?
    Brayden: No they did not, they are looking at new ways of developing their players and they were supportive of my decision and I will reintegrate into the Canadian team next summer.
    OC: You must be excited?
    Brayden: Extremely. To do something different in a new environment, is always exciting. I had a goal this past year of being top 1000 ATP and I am now 548. I look at college as a great stepping stone to the pros.

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.