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Monday 17th January 2022 / Tuesday 25th January 2022
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Matchplay, morning tea supplied, gift on arrival and a beautiful bespoke picnic lunch by “All things Picnic” @ MTC watching the Australian open!

Programme of Events:

9am – Arrival/Gift

9-11am – Coaching Session/Drills

11-11.15am – Morning Tea

11.15-11.30am – Coaching Session/Serving

11.30-12.45pm – Round Robin Matchplay

1-2.30pm – Picnic

Cost:

$175 incl GST per player each day.

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All enquiries:

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Tennis: the players struggling to break even | FT

Tennis champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are among the best paid athletes in the world. But prize money drops off steeply, with lower ranked players often struggling to make a living amid the expense of travel and coaching. The FT talks to governing bodies in what is a fragmented sport, and follows two players fighting to get to the top and get paid…

It’s one of the most popular sports on the planet with both men and women. So why are so many professional tennis players still struggling to make a living?

If you want to do this you have to invest in yourself. It’s a big risk, but it’s also a really big reward. It’s completely dependent on your result. If you have a bad year you could work an entire year at a loss.

Who is in charge of the rules of tennis? Everybody and nobody, right?

People outside the sports world think, everyone’s making a ton. They are not. It is tough.

My name is Alicia Barnett. I’m 28 years old. I live with my dad when I’m not on the road. And this year I’ve been on the road more than I’ve been home.

Hi, I’m Liam Broady. I’m 27 years old. I’m from Stockport, Great Britain. This is the best year of my career.

It’s hard to not get consumed by thinking about prize money a lot, but at the end of the day you have to go to a tournament and realise that you’re investing in yourself and in your tennis.

There’s a lot of pressure to perform well at tournaments. If you don’t do well you can be working at quite a loss. So it’s a pretty unstable income.

At the end of the trip you sum everything up, and you think, OK, I’ve done well this week. And it is a little bit calming. So you come away feeling better that you’ve made a profit or you’ve broken even, and you can relax a little bit, but it’s an afterthought. If I’m playing good enough tennis then the money will take care of itself, I think. My roommate just came in. The reason Luke’s here is to save money basically.

So they’re really seven different stakeholders within tennis. The ITF looks after the junior and up to the professional ranks and beyond that. We have the men’s tour, the ATP, the women’s tour, the WTA. And then you have the four grand slam events. And those seven stakeholders together work on promoting and developing the sport around the world.

Well, we clearly undermonetise. We have a billion fans, you know? We are very popular, and we have a very gender-neutral fan base, but we are extremely fragmented. We have all these different organisations – ATP, WTA, the four slams, and ITF – that go to market completely separately, differently with different governance. So we don’t do a great job in selling and distributing our sport.

That’s where we have to do better in tennis. We’re probably the fourth or fifth largest watched sport in the world, and we get very little in media content except for the majors. That I’d like to see change.

With a billion fans tennis is among the most watched sports in the world, but it accounts for less than 2 per cent of global sports media rights, which were worth a total of $44.6bn in 2020. That means less money to trickle down to the players.

It’s 6:45 in the morning and it feels like a very early start over here in Brest in France. Let’s hope we get a seat on this train. Yeah, you know, life on the road can be difficult at times, but you do get used to it. And it’s a lifestyle at the end of the day. You’re probably away from home really for 40 weeks a year.

You share stories about how you ended up staying in a brothel because it was the cheapest thing. Or you’re eating oats in the room rather than paying for breakfast just to save a little bit of costs.

Most prize money goes to the top players. As you go down the ranks it drops off steeply. This year in the top 500 median earnings from prize money were around $137,000 for men and $92,000 for women. If you’re one of the top players you’ll be earning millions of dollars in prize money as well as sponsorship deals.

Lower ranked players may get some extra help from grassroots funding and free rackets, and clothes in return for social media promotion. But the majority of their earnings will come from winning on court. More than a third of the women and nearly a quarter of the men in the top 500 have taken home less than $50,000 this year.

When I’ve asked players, you know, how much money do you have to earn to make it? And most of them come up with $100,000 to $150,000. That’s a lot of money.

At the moment, the current pie, let me put it that way, the total revenue generated by the tennis professional sport and what we distribute in prize money doesn’t allow for the second tier to have players that can make a living and sustain the cost.

You can’t argue that: the best players deserve the most money. At the end of the day, tennis is a business, and you want to keep your most valuable assets happy. And that’s the same in any business.

It’s the top three or four men and top three or four women that drive ticket sales.

I would debate maybe just the best players get the most money but just maybe a little bit less, and they should share the spread of the rest of the money.

It’s difficult because you think, well, they’ve worked really hard and they’re very talented. They deserve to be there. And if we work hard enough, we can get there too.

All the grand slams have moved to give more money to the players who get knocked out in the early stages. And British players, for example, can also benefit from pro scholarships and tournament bonuses. But many top 500 players don’t make it to the slams.

They play most of their season on the second-tier Challenger Tour and contend with injury, losing streaks, and high costs with few guarantees of financial returns.

I think that you’ve seen a real concerted effort by the tennis stakeholders together in distributing the money so that more players are able to make a proper earning. It used to be a little bit more top heavy, whereas now if you lose in the first round of a grand slam tournament, in singles alone you’re going to earn about $50,000.

I made the second round of Wimbledon this year and that’s kind of my way of paying my coach, and my physio, and my S and C coach for the next year and to be able to afford the tennis tour really.

At some point, you have to draw a line. And beyond that line I think we have to be honest and say, in the Challenger Tour you should be able to at least break even and pay your costs. But you have to be conscious that this is sort of like a university. That’s an investment for you. Then go and move into the professional tour where you have a job.

I’m currently stretching up in the gym here in Bratislava after a good session. I’m on tomorrow against Ilya Marchenko. He’s a good player. I played him last week as well in Bergamo.

Obviously, we got the hotel for free at the Challenger’s, which is a nice bonus. The prize money came to about 1,500 euros I think, but then, of course, I need to pay for my coach’s food, and bills, and his weekly fee as well. I’m probably working at a loss last week. That tends to be the way that it works at most of these tournaments.

I don’t think it will ever be possible to have a sustainable tour at that level simply because it lacks the interest of the fan and the engagement of the sponsors, broadcasters, and ticket revenues.

Billie Jean King won 12 grand slam singles titles. She’s even better known for fighting for equal pay for women. In the early ’70s, one of her aims was this.

If you’re good enough to make a living, very few people were going to be included in that first go around because we knew we had to start small if we’re going to make it. Was that our goal? Absolutely not. Our goal is more is the merrier. I personally would like to figure out how we can have at least 700 or 800 people making a living. That would make me happy because that’s with the NBA. That’s Major League Baseball.

Every time I wake up in the morning I think about it. I have my blessing list, but then I think, we got to do better today. We got to make it work.

In 2020, Wimbledon and other events were cancelled, but the pandemic was also an opportunity.

To be honest, I’d probably say only since Covid have I started to be able to make money and actually put a little bit away into savings, and that’s at the age of 26. I’ve been a professional tennis player for six, seven years before that. During Covid we had a lot of tournaments in Britain, and there were no outgoings.

Tennis did come together. We had what we called a player relief fund, where we gave to the top 750 players in the world. We moved Roland Garros to September. We had to change the calendar. We changed the ranking. We got a lot closer to WTA. I’m a very strong believer that the two tools should be combined because together we are stronger.

We shouldn’t be competing with one another. We should be competing with the outside world, and I think that’s part of the strategy.

With the help of an adviser we are sort of in the process of evaluating the different options of how can we create a new governance that can enable us ultimately to provide a better product to the fans. Because at the moment, if you ask yourself the question, who is in charge of the rules of tennis? The answer is everybody and nobody, right?

If the ATP and the WTA were to merge, which would thrill me, it’s got to be 50-50. You’ve got to fight for each other. When you’re together you need to have equal prize money, equal everything.

Meanwhile, men’s number one, Novak Djokovic, co-founded the Professional Tennis Players Association. He said he wants more transparency in tennis and to improve livelihoods. Low earnings from prize money can mean some players never get their chance on court.

I think the damage to the sport is pretty massive if the wealth isn’t spread to the lower players. I think there are a lot of players then that, like I said, are incredibly talented and never get the chance to achieve their greatest tennis.

There could be guys that unfortunately don’t live in a nation where you have a strong federation which is capable of subsidising your cost. And then you might actually lose that talent that could become a great champion in the future.

We are addressing it. Is it perfect? Absolutely not and we know it. It’ll never be perfect. No sport’s ever perfect. No business is ever perfect. I think it’s quite a miracle that we’re doing as well as we are.

I spent my last 10 days of the year at the Davis Cup supporting the squad, practicing with them, and getting them ready. I basically spent the last couple of months backpacking across Europe really. It felt really good coming home.

You may not start out playing tennis for the money, but the money can be a game changer.

I actually figured out as well I spend about £12,000 a year on stringing and rackets. So at the end of the day this sport is incredibly expensive at the higher levels.

You always have to make sacrifices for things that you want to do. I’m just really grateful that I’m able to play tennis and travel. And I’m grateful that I have that support network because, otherwise, I don’t think I’d be able to do it.

To be top 200 in the world or top 250 in the world is a remarkable achievement. Out of, I think, 7bn people, it’s not many people who can say that. Obviously, if you can become good enough then you can earn a living at the sport. But sometimes it’s not that easy.

A lot of kids will come up to me and say, do you think I should try or not? I tell them always try because you do not want to say when you’re older, I should have tried ever. You don’t want to ever say that, I should have, I could have. So I think it’s really important to give it a go because you know what? If you do make it you’re one of the elite. You get lucky in life, and there’s opportunities you can never dream of.

Tennis: the players struggling to break even

When NSW eases restrictions in December 2021

Restrictions will ease when NSW reaches 95% double vaccination or on 15 December, with changes including:

  • No density limits for all settings 
  • COVID safety plans will be optional for businesses

For all people in NSW, regardless of your vaccination status

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Masks and QR codes

  • Masks will only be required on public transport and planes, at airports, and for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated. Masks will be strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot social distance.
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings.
  • COVID-19 Safe check-ins only required for hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals or memorial services, personal services (including sex services), pubs, small bars and registered clubs, nightclubs, strip clubs, sex on premises and indoor music festivals with over 1,000 people.
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Visiting family and friends

  • No limit to number of visitors in your home.
  • No limit to number of people for outdoor public gatherings.
  • All visitors to residents in aged care facilities and disability homes permitted in line with their policies.
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Exercise and recreation

  • No person limit in gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities.
  • Indoor swimming pools open for all purposes.
  • Community sports permitted for all staff, spectators and participants.
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Schools

  • Students already returned to face-to-face learning.
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Shopping and personal services

  • Non-critical retail reopens to all.
  • No person limit for personal services (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours).
  • Sex services premises open.
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Restaurants and hospitality

  • No person limit in hospitality venues.
  • Singing and dancing is permitted indoors and outdoors for all.
  • Drinking indoors and outdoors may be seated or standing.
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Working from home

  • Employers allow staff to work from home at their discretion.
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Travel and transport

  • Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW permitted for all.
  • Carpooling permitted for all.
  • Caravan parks and camping grounds remain open (including for people who are not fully vaccinated).
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International travel

  • International travellers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine on arrival. They must do a PCR test, be recognised as fully vaccinated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have their vaccination status certified by the Commonwealth.
  • International travellers who are not fully vaccinated still need to quarantine on arrival for 14 days. Limit on number of arrivals will apply.
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Events and entertainment

  • No person limit for major recreation facilities (including stadiums, theme parks and race courses), subject to 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theatres), subject to 100% of fixed seated capacity.
  • No person limit for information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries).
  • No person limit for outdoor public gatherings and recreation.
  • Nightclubs, strip clubs and sex on premises venues open.
  • Music festivals reopen with 20,000 person limit.
  • Amusement centres and play centres open to all.
  • Proof of vaccination only required for indoor music festivals with over 1,000 people and cruises with over 100 passengers.
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Weddings and religious services

  • Weddings permitted with no person limit, eating and drinking allowed while standing and dancing permitted.
  • Funerals permitted with no person limit, and eating and drinking allowed while standing.
  • Singing and dancing indoors permitted by all.
  • Places of worship open to all.

About the roadmap

The roadmap may be fine-tuned as NSW Health monitors the COVID-19 situation over the coming weeks.

Local government areas may be subject to different rules and restrictions in line with Public Health Orders.

How Staying Physically Active May Protect the Aging Brain | NYT

Simple activities like walking boost immune cells in the brain that may help to keep memory sharp and even ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Staying physically active as we age substantially drops our risk of developing dementia during our lifetimes, and it doesn’t require prolonged exercise. Walking or moving about, rather than sitting, may be all it takes to help bolster the brain, and a new study of octogenarians from Chicago may help to explain why.
The study, which tracked how often older people moved or sat and then looked deep inside their brains after they passed away, found that certain vital immune cells worked differently in the brains of older people who were active compared to their more sedentary peers. Physical activity seemed to influence their brains’ health, their thinking abilities and whether they experienced the memory loss of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings add to growing evidence that when we move our bodies, we change our minds, no matter how advanced our age.
What these findings suggest is that physical activity may delay or alter memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease in older people, partly by keeping microglia fit, said Kaitlin Casaletto, an assistant professor of neuropsychology at the U.C.S.F. Memory and Aging Center, who led the new study.

Vale Robyn Castle | Tennis Seniors

It is with great regret that I announce the passing of our Secretary and Life Member, Robyn Castle. She battled the disease, Myeloma, for the past decade while continuing her tireless work for Tennis Seniors NSW.

Our sincere condolences to her family and Arthur Olsen who cared for her throughout her long illness.

In 2012 Blacktown City Council renamed the courts which she managed at Kings Langley, the Robyn Castle Tennis Complex.

She will be greatly missed.

Mick Bruton
President
Tennis Seniors NSW

WYONG Senior’s Tennis Tournament Dec 3-5 (Fri-Sun)

It was great to have our first post lockdown tournament at South Camden on the weekend. It was small but very successful until the rain came and rudely didn’t leave yesterday.

Our next tournament is on the weekend after next at Wyong. It includes singles on Friday, mixed on Saturday morning, mens and ladies doubles on Saturday afternoon, combined doubles Sunday morning and American doubles in the afternoon. Sessions will start at 8 am and 1 pm each day.

Its a fine venue and TD Leoni Baldwin puts on a great event.
They provide a cooked breakfast and lunch on site on Saturday and Sunday and a big night is organised at the Royal Hotel Wyong on Saturday night.
The entry form is on our new website tsnsw.com.au. Click there on the Tournament tab and scroll right down till you get to the 2021 Events and you can download the entry from there.

The tournament will be played in accordance with NSW Health Covid Guidelines so you will need to be double vacced.

Tennis Seniors Swan Hill Cancellation

National Teams Carnival and Individual Championships Cancelled

Sadly we have to publish today’s press release from Tennis Seniors Australia;

Discussions were held following receipt of a recommendation from TSV to cancel the carnival week scheduled for Swan Hill in January 2022. Upon consideration of the circumstances TSA has decided both weeks of the Australian Seniors Championships be cancelled for 2022 and that TSV reprogram the two weeks for 2023.

Cancellation of the teams week was due to the low number of teams received resulting from the ongoing border restrictions and concern of potential hot spots emerging which would effect returning travel arrangements. This low number of teams made the teams’ week unviable.

The Covid problems and border restrictions also applies to the Individual Championships in the second week and limits the number of players that could participate. However it was agreed players should have the opportunity to earn ranking points and, as such, TSA has decided, similarly to 2021, to call for Expressions of Interest from Divisions to hold the Individual Championships later in 2022 at a time which hopefully should be relatively free from Covid and border restrictions and so provide for a maximum number of players.

TSA Executive 24-Nov-2021

MLTC Newsletter – 24 Nov

Club Championships – The rain stayed away and a big crowd was in attendance for the some of the best tennis played for many years on FINALS DAY 2021 of MANLY LAWN CLUB TENNIS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS.

WOMENS DOUBLES FINAL

EMILY PEAKE /CAROLINA PENA-Y- LILO DEFEATED KRISTA OATES / SARAH BUNTING 6/4 6/4

Most matches in this event were close results and the final was another one with break points in several games which could have resulted in a 3 setter. The finalists are all friends and the match was played in good spirit. However there can only be one winning pair so congratulations to Emily and Carolina.

MENS SINGLES FINAL

CAMERON GREEN DEFEATED ANDREW RIMINTON  3/6 6/3 6/4

The big crowd that came to watch this match was not disappointed as the standard was very high with Cameron finally winning in three long sets. Again the sportsmanship shown throughout the tournament was on display after the match as Andrew was a very gracious loser. Cameron Green now has won the title for the first time and will have his name on the Championship Board.The trophy was presented to Cameron by seven time Club Champion in Kenny Grey who praised the standard of the tennis.

MENS DOUBLES FINAL

SEAN WHITE / JONO WALKER  DEFEATED CAMERON GREEN / TODD MALONEY 6/2 2/6 6/2

There was a rumour that Sean White may not be able to play the final as he cut his foot badly earlier.

However he had a physio strap it up for him and was determined to beat the pain and his opponents.

He and Jono managed to do this in three sets to clinch the title. A great effort.

OPEN MIXED DOUBLES

MARIA NICOL/ANDREW RIMINTON DEFEATED SARAH BUNTING/ JONO WALKER  6/2 6/1

This match was played under lights as the matches before ran overtime.

Maria our junior played along side her coach in Andrew and played better in every match.

She was outstanding in this final match to lead the way to their victory  in straight sets. There could be many Mixed Titles to come for this pairing in future years. Sarah and Jono had previous matches on the day and could not really challenge the winners. Maria and Andrew won all their three  matches in straight sets.

A MENS DOUBLES FINAL

MATTHEW CURTIS/BEDE KIRWAN DEFEATED DANIEL RODRIGUES/ ALAN BOURCHARD 1/6 6/1 10/6

This should be renamed A Boys Doubles as the the two juniors defeated all the men to win the title in their first year together. After a slow start the boys showed their maturity by changing tactics to take out the next two sets. An excellent effort for a 13 year old an an almost 13 year old. There are great days ahead for these two. Daniel and Alan had a good tournament also but just fell short on the day.

There were lots of photos taken on the day and will appear on our website manlylawn.com.au

Super Doubles – Last Thursday Owen organised the annual Super Doubles, thanks to all that participated and congratulations to the winners Bob and Quinton. See attached photos.

Denis Crowley

A giant thank you to Denis our Club Captain for organising this years Club Championships. Another thank you to Milton and Jon who organised the food on Saturday afternoon and to all those who assisted them.

Best wishes,

Virginia

MLTC Secretary

www.manlylawn.com.au

MLTC Newsletter – 19 Nov

TENNISMANIA 2 – FINALS DAY & BBQ – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20

ORDER OF PLAY ON COURT 1

NOON OPEN WOMEN’S DOUBLES

CAROLINA PENNA Y LILLO/EMILY PEAKE V KRISTA OATES/SARAH BUNTING

130PM OPEN MEN’S SINGLES

ANDREW RIMINTON V CAMERON GREEN

3PM OPEN MEN’S DOUBLES

CAMERON GREEN/TODD MALONEY V SEAN WHITE/JONO WALKER

430PM OPEN MIXED DOUBLES

SARAH BUNTING/JONO WALKER V MARIA NICOL/ANDREW RIMINTON

COURT 4 3PM A MEN’S DOUBLES

ALAN BOURCHARD/DANIEL RODRIGUES V BEDE KIRWIN/MATTHEW CURTIS

 

All matches are Finals and all matches will be extremely close encounters.

Sportstab is not giving odds this week as they had a huge payout last weekend on those punters who followed the tips here last time.

A large crowd is expected (weather permitting), so to ensure Covid rules are followed, you can book a seat in our grandstand by phoning 1300MANIA2.

George Paul and the Riminton Fan Club have already booked the best seats. Team Green have their seats also booked, for what should be an epic Men’s Singles Final.

We have a special guest of honour to present The Men’s Singles Trophy – The Right Honourable Kenneth Grey. Known to us at Manly Lawn as simply Kenny Grey, Kenny has won 7 Mens Singles Club Championships.

His first title was way back before The Great War. Vietnam that is.

Kenny always has plenty of stories to tell of past Championships so catch up for him after the match for a beer and chat.

Milton has obtained a new craft beer for our bar called Newtowner, which comes in a royal blue can and is brewed in Newtown. As a special promotion anyone who wears a Newtown Jets Football jersey on Saturday will receive a free can of Newtowner.

Milton and The Boys From Brazil will be cooking up a feast on the barbecue from about 5PM so where else would you be on Saturday?

Three of our juniors are also in action in The Open Mixed and A Mens Doubles Final so a glimpse of the future stars as well. See you there.

Denis Crowley

Best wishes,

Virginia

MLTC Secretary

 

Tennis Seniors Swan Hill Update

Nov 8 Update

The closing date for entries for the National Teams Carnival at Swan Hill has been extended until Nov 15 after tonight’s update from the organising committee, which is provided verbatim in italics, as follows;

2022 Swan Hill – STATUS AS AT 8.11.2021

At this stage 2022 Swan Hill is going ahead.
At this point in time, the local Swan Hill area is more than 92% fully vaccinated.
The revised closing date for team entries is Monday 15th November 2021.

The Victorian State Government Event settings:
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/public-events
Stipulates that this is now a fully vaccinated tennis event.

To play in this event you are required to be fully vaccinated. This applies to all partners and/or support staff.

Masks must be worn in all indoor areas except when eating and drinking.

Please check with your state organiser if you have any concerns.
The latest information from the Victorian State Government can be found here: https://www.health.vic.gov.au/covid-19/directions-issued-by-victorias-chief-health-officer

We will also have the Home Rapid Antigen Test Kit available. It will be available to everyone.

Opening Ceremony & Cocktail Party
Please be aware that because of the venue being used only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to attend this event.

Closing Presentation Dinner
Please be aware that because of the venue being used only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to attend this event.

Other Social Functions
Because food and beverages will be served only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to attend these events.

Clubs, Restaurants, Bars etc.
These facilities will only be accessible to those fully vaccinated.

Team Sections and Gradings
Because of the reduced number of teams nominating so far, due to of COVID-19, each player needs to be aware that several age groups may be combined, and that there is likely to be only 1 section in each age group. This could lead to a varying standard of tennis in each section. Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do about it. These are unusual times.


Let’s all get together, enjoy being on the court, socialising and having fun again.

Our underlying concern is for the welfare of our players.

If you have any queries whatsoever, please contact the Organising Committee Chairperson
Mike Evans
[email protected]
0411 885 596

If you haven’t entered you can still fill out a nomination form online due to the extended closing date, on our website
tsnsw.com.au.

Please remember to pay your annual $20 membership BSB 032-044
Acc # 315 326 or renew online by credit card before entering any tournament.

Our next tournament is the South Camden Twilight on Nov 19-21 with the Kiama Vets & Legends on Dec 11-12.

Our AGM this year will be held on Dec 19 at Strathfield Tennis Club at 11 am with social tennis following at the conclusion of our short meeting. And if you are interested in volunteering as a committee member in 2022 please drop us an email. We need more committed volunteers!! Nominations close on Nov 14.

Shining Sinner Storms Into Top 10 | ATP Tour | Tennis

Jannik Sinner makes history on Monday when he becomes the youngest Italian to crack the Top 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. The 20-year-old climbed to World No. 9 following his run to the Erste Bank Open semi-finals.

The five-time ATP Tour titlist is the fifth player from his country to break into the elite group, joining Adriano Panatta, Corrado Barazzutti, Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini. Overall, Sinner is the youngest man in the Top 10 by more than two years, with Casper Ruud nearing his 23rd birthday.

It is not only impressive that Sinner is in the Top 10 — it is how quickly he got there. The San Candido native skied competitively as a junior and did not turn his focus to tennis until his early teens. Four years ago, he did not have a FedEx ATP Ranking. Now, he is near the very top of the sport.

Sinner’s Ranking This Week Since 2017

 2017  Unranked
 2018  No. 785
 2019  No. 93
 2020  No. 44
 2021  No. 9

Sinner is not blinded by his accolades, though. Far from it. The 20-year-old often speaks about the “long road” that represents his career. He is focussed on the practice or match in front of him, not his impressive rise.

“For sure I don’t want to rush so much,” Sinner said in Indian Wells. “I’m just trying… to play match after match in the best possible way, and we’ll see. [I’m] trying to improve.”

Although Sinner did not begin his ascent until just a few years ago, he quickly earned the respect of his peers and the fans. The 2019 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals champion has consistently held his own against the best in the sport and in many cases challenged them. The Italian, who made his first ATP Masters 1000 final this year in Miami, played Alexander Bublik during that run. The Kazakhstani asked him afterwards if he is human.

“He’s not [human]. That’s a fact,” Bublik said. “I asked him if he’s a human or not because for me, it’s very surprising that the guy at his age has this mental toughness that many, many other players don’t have. I called him a robot a couple of times during the match, but I do it in a very sincere way because he’s a really, really great player.”

Sinner played World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the first time just two weeks later in Monte Carlo. The Serbian won the match, but had high praise for the protégé of Riccardo Piatti, who once worked with Djokovic.

“[Jannik] has got a lot of talent and he has proven that he is the future of our sport. Actually, he is already the present of our sport [having] played a final [in an] ATP Masters 1000 [event] already,” Djokovic said. “He is making big strides in professional tennis.”

Players rave about Sinner’s power, mental toughness, maturity and professionalism. Those traits have propelled him into the Top 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, and also into eighth in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, putting him in position to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals with a strong finish to the season. But Sinner is not allowing that to distract him.

“Honestly, I love to play tennis, and this is the reason why I play,” Sinner said in Vienna. “Obviously you would like to go to Turin or you want to win this match or that point, but sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t happen. You have to accept that. Honestly, I just try to play tennis.”

Rafael Nadal Hits With 97 Year Old | ATP Tour | Tennis

Rafael Nadal’s capacity to delight fans from any generation was in the spotlight again this week. An idol to young hopefuls, a mirror for adults and an example to even the oldest of players, the Spaniard is a sporting icon whose fanbase spans every age group.

Nadal welcomed a very special fan to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar this week. Ukrainian player Leonid Stanislavskyi, 97 years of age, holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest player in the world with an International Tennis Federation (ITF) licence. He was delighted to meet the Mallorcan ex-world No. 1.

The two spoke together, exchanged greetings and knocked up on court, in a demonstration of the connections that can be made while playing. It was an unforgettable day for Leonid, who professes an eternal love for the game of tennis.

As a result of his passion for the sport, Stanislavskyi, who has been competing in amateur tennis for over half a century, sent a letter to the ITF a few months ago asking them to create a new veteran category for players in his age range. For the first time, the ITF introduced a new category for over-90s at the ITF Super Senior World Championships.

Born on 22 March 1924, Leonid has been able to witness many generations of tennis. From the amateur period, through the start of the Open Era in 1968, to the professional tennis of today, he has followed the careers of the great legends of the sport. His excitement at meeting Nadal in person was a crowning moment in his story.

During his visit, Leonid took the opportunity to see the Rafa Nadal Museum, where he was able to take a close look at the trophies won by the Spaniard during his legendary career. There, among all his other prestigious silverware, his current haul of 20 Grand Slam titles and 36 ATP Masters 1000 trophies can be found.

After a left-foot injury brought his 2021 season to a close, Nadal is continuing to work on his recovery. The Balearic Islander won two titles this year, taking the spoils at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where he extended his record to 12 titles, and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where he reached the magical figure of 10 cups.

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