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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.

Mike Hall & Yves Boulais: Next-Gen Tennis League

Our league is unique and serves a great purpose to the competitive tennis community. This co-ed league is based on the UTR (Universal Tennis Rating), which allows players to compete in competitive matches and improve their rating. This concept provides an opportunity for former college players and pros to stay involved in the competitive scene as well as allowing aspiring juniors and current pro players to compete close to home. Most importantly, it gives our developing juniors with a pathway to maximize their UTR rating. By doing this, they can maximize their potential to pursue U.S. College opportunities without the traveling expenses involved in pursuing a high ITF ranking.

Cooperation Between Coaches

Cooperation between a tennis coach and a fitness coach among teenagers. A tennis coach and a fitness coach working together is a concept that many of us probably take for granted. However, in reality, it is a concept that is more important than ever and is worth further clarification.

Wayne Elderton: Reflections Inspired by Covid-19

There are a load of challenges and threats produced by this pandemic. The constant reports of outbreaks, economic misery and death tolls makes it justifiable to complain. However, there is another side to this that I prefer to focus on. For many of us, we have been oblivious to the treadmill of busyness and activity we have been on. We are often not aware of the hamster wheel we are on until situations like COVID-19 causes us to pause and reflect. Join us for live webinar, June 4th at 2:00PM EST.

Patricia Hy-Boulais: Jumpstart To An Elite Mindset Webinar Series

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of living and thoughts in more ways than one. The effect can either send you to misery or you can fight back and prevail. Your life will never return to its normalcy but you can prepare to be a better version of yourself. Once this crisis has settled and becomes a thing of the past, you need to be ready to get off the block quickly.

Community Clubs Re-Opening Meeting

We would like to invite all interested community club executives to attend a Zoom meeting we are hosting on May 20th where we will be sharing information regarding re-opening. We hope this will be of assistance to community tennis clubs in Ontario. Details for the meeting can be found in the email sent last week to our community club partners below.

Part 2: Considering the SAT during COVID-19 Crisis

The cancellation of year-end standardized exit exams around the world means that this year, the SAT may very well be the only international standardized exam that takes place. Having a good SAT score therefore could make a difference to your immediate future and it is definitely better to have SAT in your portfolio than not have it.

Catching Up With Rob Seguso (a.k.a Goose) and Carling Basset-Seguso

Doug and Ken actually were roommates and doubles partners first, before Ken and I became partners. We were a close knit team. I have fond memories of taking van trips to play matches against other universities, all over the United States. In my second year at SIUE we had a lot of success beating a number of top ranked colleges including the number one ranked team at the time. I remember one spring break, it must have been five of us piled into Ken Flach’s car and drove from Illinois to Florida to stay with my family. We had so much fun traveling as a team.

Renata Olah: Part 3 – How Healthy Food Affects Children

Your great-great grandmother would know potatoes. She’d be wary (and we should be, too) of potato chips, not to mention French fries with chili cheese sauce. She’d recognize fresh strawberries and oats, not strawberry flavoured breakfast cereal. She’d know whole-grain bread, not bagel snack chips.
If she were from Italy, she’d know fresh tomatoes, garlic, and herbs, not canned tomato sauce. What, more specifically, are real, or good, carbs? They’re fresh fruits; fresh vegetables; whole grains like oats, barley, whole-grain couscous, brown rice, quinoa, millet, and sprouted whole-grain bread; starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn, and yams; and legumes like black beans, peas, and pinto beans.

Jocelyn Robichaud: The Impact of Confinement on Player Development

One important thing to know is that we can compare this period to an injury, or even a rehabilitation condition. Several professional players, notably Rafael Nadal, have had to go through difficult periods and prolonged absences from competition to recover from an injury. Examples can also be found among young athletes: Bianca Andreescu (foot stress fracture) or Felix Auger-Aliassime (knee injury) had to be sidelined for a few months during their adolescence. These moments of adversity did not prevent them from obtaining exceptional results upon their return to the court.

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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.

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).

ITF Men’s 85 World Team Championships Renamed the Lorne Main Cup

Toronto, October 13, 2020 – The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Tuesday that, as of 2021, the Men’s 85 World Team Championships will be renamed the Lorne Main Cup after the late Canadian. Lorne Main was selected for the honour following a unanimous vote by the ITF Seniors Committee, and approval from the ITF Board of Directors, after his name was put forward by Tennis Canada as part of the nomination process.
 

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.

A deeper dive into second serve statistics

The two most widely reported second serve statistics in professional tennis are the number of double faults a player hit, and their second serve winning percentage. If we’re trying to understand the effectiveness of a particular player’s second serve, relying only on those statistics has significant drawbacks. Article by Michal Kokta.

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