Pierre Lamarche: Making Light in Dark Times


ONcourt E-zine will serve as a communication vehicle for Canadian tennis coaches. We are creating a community that will bring coaches together, inspire players and inform parents, to ensure we are always helping our players achieve greatness.

In the past five years, Canada has received international recognition for its development of competitive players. This success is the result of a collaboration between Tennis Canada and the high quality of coaches and facilities across our country.

We are fortunate that the infrastructure has been created to credit Canadian coaches and ensure top quality leaders. This would not be possible without the new Canadian Certification System which was developed by top Canadian coaches, assessing the leadership and concepts advocated by Hall of Fame member, Louis Cayer.  I was approached by Ace coach Mike Hall who was developing a process for us to reach our players during this difficult time. Yves Boulais, former Fed Cup captain, and tennis director at ORC, Robby Menard, a great leader, and owner of MAA have already started the same process with their players.

We have collected a number of articles that will provide specific information on what some of our top Academies are doing for their players, as well as; informative videos, coach directives, and inspirational messages to help players develop, while off the court. Please share the link to ONcourt.ca with all your players, for them to access this relevant information.

Coaches; none of this would be possible without you. Canadian Tennis has been changed indefinitely thanks to your contributions. Let’s go one step further, be Canada Strong. Cooperate in sharing with your brother/sister coaches and we will come out of this dark period stronger than ever.

Forever Proud,

Pierre Lamarche
ONcourt Publisher

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Everyone knows the importance of mental strength, but not everyone knows how to go about it. If these ring a bell with you, let me help strengthen your player’s mental fitness. Zoom workshops every Friday November 20 – December 18. 2020.

Next Gen Tennis League promises exciting matches

The Next Gen Tennis League again saw some great tennis last weekend at The Credit Valley Tennis Club and Burlington Tennis Club. This promises that Saturday the 24th will feature some exciting matches and very competitive tennis. All three matches will be played on Saturday October 24th, with Team Byte Network Security facing Team Hydrogen at noon (Burlington Tennis Club).

Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.

Tennis Guru, Louis Borfiga Shares What Makes “A Good Coach?”

Many are asking this question, each with their own opinion, their own truth. In reality, it is difficult to answer with certainty, as the evaluation method can vary from one person to another. However, when you think about it, when you look at the references in the field of coaching in various sports, there are certain common and fundamental elements that I will describe to you here…