Friday, June 1, 2018

June Update: Refreshed and Relaxed

I had the last two weeks of May off for vacation and the time away was sorely needed to recharge my batteries. It also helped that May weather was fantastic, not just across the country, but the continent.

Tennis-wise, I am playing 4-5 times a week as I prepare for my next tournament in mid-June.

Here's the latest video portion of my tennis blog.

And here's the link to the written portion

My next tournament is going to be on grass, a surface I have never played on before. I'm trying to get access to a grass court before the tournament, so I don't embarrass myself anymore than I usually do.

For the last three weekends in June, I will be on the early evening shows across the country instead of my usual late shift. This will give some semblance of weekend nights off, which will be a nice change of pace.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Update: OK, Now It's Warmer

T.S. Eliot was correct: April really is the cruelest month. 

I spent the beginning of last month's post excited for the mild weather April was sure to bring which would allow me to start playing tennis outside again.

Well, I have started playing tennis outside again; my first session was April 27! What a brutal month April was weather wise.

May looks much better (although how could it not?). Here is the fourth episode of my tennis blog where I took down a previous tennis foe in South Carolina.

 I am officially playing tennis outdoors 3-4 times a week for the rest of the summer, so let's see how much I can improve over the next four months. The next installment of my tennis blog should be posted in the next week or two.

Work-wise, I have a couple of weeks of vacation coming up at the end of the month to which I'm looking forward. Otherwise, you can find me on Global Durham at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Global Toronto, Global Nova Scotia, Global New Brunswick, and Global Montreal at 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Update: The Best Time of Year

The beginning of April is my favourite time of year. Not only is the weather finally starting to get warmer, but April means baseball has returned, The Masters is right around the corner (with Tiger Woods in the mix to contend!), and I can play tennis outside again. 

Plus, my birthday (although that's less exciting as the candles on my birthday cake continue to accrue).

The end of February saw me play in my second OTA provincial tournament in London. Here is the third episode of Second Serve.

And here is the link to the written portion of the blog. 

Tennis-wise, all of March was and all of April will be spent working on my game and working on my fitness with my plan to play in my third tournament early May.

In March, I took a trip to visit family in Hilton Head, South Carolina and played eight hours of tennis over four days. And I think I made further progress on my serve, but that will be addressed in the next installment of Second Serve.

Work-wise, April is a status quo month for me in terms of my schedule.

Until next time!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Update: Tourney #2 and Early Mornings

The response to my tennis blog, Second Serve, has been overwhelmingly positive. My pursuit of high-level competition in a new sport plus the fact I'm willing to capture every part of this journey on camera, warts and all, seems to have struck a chord.

I am also very appreciative of the support I have received from Tennis Canada in terms of assisting with content and, also, sharing my work throughout their social media channels.

Here is the second video and article which is called, ironically enough, A Visit to Tennis Canada.

Last month, I spent just over a week co-hosting The Morning Show on Global which is always a lot of fun. The laughs are worth getting up at such an ungodly hour.

I even had an opportunity to discuss the results of my second open provincial tournament (the full video and article will be published over the next week or two). I'm still waiting to hear from Carolyn's husband for our showdown.

My schedule is back to normal for the month of March, however, I will be heading to Hilton Head, South Carolina near the end of the month for some family time, a lot of tennis, and a little bit of rest and relaxation.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Update - A Journey into Canadian Tennis

I promised it at the end of last month's post and I will share it with you now. My first tennis video and article, a series I'm calling Second Serve: An Inside Look at Canadian Tennis, was posted on the Global News website a few weeks ago.

The plan to upload a new video and article every month until the end of the tennis season in September. The second installment will be posted over the next couple of weeks and it will feature the 181st ranked female tennis player in the world, Canadian Bianca Andreescu, and national coach Andre Labelle.

While filming scenes for the blog, I also shot a story on Tennis Canada's Long Term Athlete Development Model.

February is going to be a fun month for me. I am going to South Padre Island in Texas for a week for some sun and surf and, hopefully, outdoor tennis. 

When I get back I will be filling in on The Morning Show for just over a week after the Family Day holiday. 

And, finally, I am playing in my second tennis tournament in London, Ontario the final weekend of February.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@MikeGArsenault) for all of my latest tennis-related updates as I try to climb the national ranking leaderboard.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Monday, January 15, 2018

January Update - Ringing in 2018

A giant swath of bitterly cold air parked itself over the country to end 2017 and continued into 2018.

I'm trying to stay warm as I write this recap of 2017 and a look ahead to the new year.

First, a look back:

- A baseball comeback after five years away from the game

- A 75 km bike ride up and down the Don Valley in pouring rain for the Ride for Heart

- I added sports reporter to my resume at Global News. Here are my stories on golfer Judith Kyrinis and tennis player Bianca Andreescu.

- Sideline reporter for the CrossFit Games on CBS Sports Network

- More appearances on The Morning Show including sit-down interviews

Here's my latest sports story on baseball/softball player Mia Valcke:

Also, at the end of December, I joined the Ontario Tennis Association to play in sanctioned tournaments, get an inside look at Canadian tennis, and to acquire some national ranking points. 

I'm planning on documenting the journey online and, also, produce some tennis content for Global on TV. The first installments of each will be posted over the next week or two.

What lies ahead for 2018? 

Hopefully, a number of stories covering Canadian tennis and other sports, more morning show appearances, and, perhaps, some writing news.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Update: From Baseball to Tennis

One thing I really enjoy about working at Global is the willingness for newsroom management to not only hear story pitches, but to provide the opportunity to see those pitches come to fruition on the newscast.

Even though my main duties are to produce and present weather forecasts, I am given ample chances to expand my toolkit by sports anchoring, co-hosting The Morning Show, and producing feature stories on athletes.

Story-wise, over the past few months, I've done features on tennis player Bianca Andreescu and golfer Judith Kyrinis. My latest, which was filmed earlier week, is on baseball/softball player Mia Valcke.

While the story was shot and edited this week, it won't be airing until the Christmas holidays. I will post the completed story in next month's post, but here's a sneak peek that I posted to Twitter.

I'm not sure what the subject of my next story for Global will be as of yet, however, I am planning on putting something together that's a little bit different on this website next month. 

The subject will be me and the sport will be tennis. I'm calling it Second Serve: An Inside Look at Canadian Tennis. And the only way to truly get an inside look is to put myself in the middle of it.

Yes, I have been only playing tennis for 5 years. But I've gotten pretty good. How good? Well, that's going to be the point of this monthly video and writing series.

I have joined the Ontario Tennis Association (and by extension Tennis Canada) and will be playing in my first official tournament in a couple of weeks in Burlington. It's an open-level tournament, which means that I will start accumulating points for a national ranking to see exactly where I stack up.

I will dive deeper into the reasons why I'm doing this and what to expect in my first post that will be coming right around Christmas.

Until then, have a great holiday season!