Pierre Lamarche


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Tebbutt: This Time Of Year

Tennis may be being played in the warmer climes of Dubai, Rio de Janeiro and Delray Beach this week, but in this part of the world more people will identify with what Novak Djokovic was doing recently – cleaning the snow off the roof of his car.

Peter Straub: “In Memory of John Straub”

On January 25th at the age of 76, my father, John Straub, died. My father’s first job in tennis was at the Slazenger-Dunlop Factory in Toronto. Wooden tennis frames would come from England completely unfinished and he would be in charge of completely finishing the racquets from: balancing; weighting; putting on grips; painting; putting on stickers and stringing. As a child I used to like going in on Saturdays occasionally with him; we would have the whole factory to ourselves and I would help put on stickers. He custom made my first racquet, wooden of course, when I was three years old.

Michael Emmett: “Europeans Are Dominating on Both Tours”

The rise of talented tennis players from all over Europe has been on display for some time now on the WTA Tour and the ATP tour. But never has it been more apparent than at the 2014 Australian Open. With the first major of the season now in the books it is very apparent that the ‘old’ days of the USA and Australia dominating the Grand Slams are long gone. Tennis is being dominated by the Europeans and the numbers are staggering.

ONcourt Interview: “Checking in with Adil Shamasdin”

Adil, it’s been a while since we’ve checked in with you. We want to talk about your 2013 season on tour, but before that I have to ask you about your experience in that amazing ride that Canada’s Davis Cup team enjoyed this past year.

Tom Tebbutt: “Frankie en Fuego”

Canadian tennis fans have long been spoiled by the beautiful tennis game of Frank Dancevic – even if at different times they would liked to have been even more spoiled. On Friday, in an opening round World Group Davis Cup tie in Tokyo, they were again treated to Frankie at his finest as he won the second opening-day match, beating Go Soeda 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-1.

Forehand: Offense, Backhand: Defense

With the first Grand Slam of the year winding down, I wanted to do a little introduction to the main draw players, who competed on the collegiate level before turning pro. This will be a short series of four parts: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles.

Meet the “Ice Maiden”

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