Kevin Edwards or Kev as he was fondly known passed away peacefully yesterday surrounded by family.
As most of you will know Kev has been part of the Club for around 20 years. He started off helping with the Seaside tournament, then was asked to work as our barman. Kev was more than a barman he was an integral part of Manly Lawn Tennis Club. He knew everyone by name and their drink. He was someone you could talk to and I personally enjoyed his stories about life before retirement as well as his informed tips on the weekends rugby and rugby league results.
On Saturday, he always made sure we had cheese and crackers on the bar when our players had finished their matches. If he wasn’t in the bar he out the back chopping up cheese squares. He always arrived early and didn’t leave until everyone was finished, Kev was part of some big nights at the bar.
Kev was an exceptional person, friendly, reliable and honest and will be sadly missed by all that have known him. We pass on our condolences to Alison his wife and his daughter’s Leone and Vicki, son in laws and four grandchildren.
Due to COVID only family will be able to attend the funeral that will he held next Thursday 12 August 2021 at 11am through Maurer Family Funerals. There will be a video link that I will pass on closer to the date.
Novak Djokovic’s dream of a Golden Slam is over.
Alexander Zverev of Germany stormed back from a set and a service break down to beat Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 ranked men’s player, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, in the semifinal of the Olympic tournament.
Djokovic was attempting to win all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic gold medal in a calendar year. He had won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon and came to Tokyo looking for the fourth jewel. The United States Open takes place at the end of the summer.
Djokovic appeared to be on cruise control when be broke Zverev’s serve to get to within three games of the match in the second set. Zverev swatted a ball through the stadium roof in frustration and looked destined to meet with a quick end like Djokovic’s first four victims in Tokyo. He had not lost a set at the Olympics and said he was getting better with each match.
But with little to lose, Zverev began unleashing his booming serve and setting up a crushing forehand to take control of the match, just as Djokovic started inexplicably spraying his shots off the court.
Zverev said he felt that even though he was down in the match he did not feel like he was playing poorly. Rather, he was playing Djokovic’s game, getting into rallies with him instead of swinging through the ball and using his superior power to control the points.
With the flick of a switch, Zverev had Djokovic on his heels, pushing him farther and farther into the back of the court.
Djokovic tried to slow Zverev’s momentum with a long bathroom break between the second and third set, as he has done in tense moments in the past, but it didn’t work, and in the two-of-three set format he did not have the cushion afforded by the format of three-of-five set matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
After Zverev reeled off seven consecutive games with seeming ease, sprinting to 4-0 lead in the deciding set, Djokovic faced a mountain too difficult even for a player who had already staged several stunning comebacks in the first three Grand Slams this year.
As a final insult, Zverev broke Djokovic’s serve for a third time in the last set to take the match. He grabbed his face in disbelief and embraced the Serbian champion at the net when it was over, then stared at the sky wondering what had just happened.
“I was thinking that I had a medal for Germany and this is probably the proudest moment of my career,” Zverev said. “The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world.”
Zverev said as he embraced Djokovic at the net, he had nothing but praise for the player who has 20 Grand Slam titles and had a 6-2 record against him entering the match. He told him that he would go down as the greatest player in the history of the sport, that he would win the most Grand Slams, and the most Masters titles and spend more weeks as the top player in the world than anyone.
“I knew he was chasing a Golden Slam but you can’t win everything,” Zverev said. “I told him he was the greatest player of all time, but I’m sorry.”
Djokovic skipped the post-match press availability to cool off and prepare for his mixed doubles semifinal with Nina Stojanovic, which was scheduled for Friday night. He is scheduled to play Pablo Carreño Busta in the bronze medal match on Saturday.
source: New York Times
This intimate series follows Naomi Osaka as she explores her cultural roots and navigates her multifaceted identity as a tennis champ and rising leader.
There are robust training montages and glimpses of unusual gym devices (the highlight of all sports docs), but the focus of this three-part mini-series is more on the psychological aspects of Osaka’s game rather than on the strictly athletic ones.
Hsieh/Mertens vs Kudermetova/Vesnina
“We were very happy we could close it because it was just going on and going on,” Mertens said.
It was the third Wimbledon doubles title for Hsieh, all with different partners. It was a first for Mertens, who has also won the Australian Open and U.S. Open doubles.
The unseeded Russian duo had two match points at 5-4 in the second set and also served for the match at 7-6 in the third.
“It was such a tough match,” Mertens said. “We just kept going. … We never gave up. That’s the fighting spirit we had today that maybe made with the difference.”
Vesnina was looking for a fourth Grand Slam doubles title and second at Wimbledon. Kudermetova was playing in her first Grand Slam final
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