Space Tennis: Yep

NASA news: WATCH incredible moment astronauts play world first TENNIS game in space

THIS is the moment NASA astronaut Andrew “Drew” Feustel did the seemingly impossible and played a game of tennis on the International Space Station (ISS).

He said: “The challenge is that anytime we move quickly or have to plant our feet or do something forceful with our bodies, it’s truly tough because you can see if I let go of my feet I just start floating.

“So if I’m just in the middle of this module here and I try to swing a racket or hit a ball or do something like kick a soccer ball, I’ve got nothing to plant my feet on.

“So I just start floating randomly and then it’s difficult to put force into anything.”

So not a lot of change for most players??


Roger Federer explains his ‘beautiful’ tennis style

Roger Federer explains his ‘beautiful’ tennis style

“I play tennis and I try to entertain the crowd. Now, that it might look beautiful to some, I think that comes from having a one-handed backhand.

Serena Williams’ Therapeutic Use Exemptions

Tandon: A closer look at Serena Williams’ Therapeutic Use Exemptions

But Stuart Miller, the ITF official who runs tennis‘ anti-doping program, … Tennis players play every single week, multiple times a week… they’re not like …. A few weeks ago, Williams and the anti-doping rules were back in the news …

Martina Hingis Is Retiring From Tennis (Again)

SINGAPORE — Martina Hingis announced Thursday that she will retire from tennis at the end of this week’s WTA Finals, where she is playing in the doubles tournament with Chan Yung-Jan.

“Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut,” Hingis, 37, said on her Facebook page.

“The years that followed have been some of the most rewarding years of my life, both personally and professionally, but I believe the time has come for me to retire, which I will be doing after my last match here in Singapore.”

The retirement will be Hingis’s third in a long and illustrious career during which she claimed 25 Grand Slam titles — five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women’s doubles.

Hingis first decided to end her career as a 22-year-old in 2003 because of persistent injuries after picking up all five of her major singles titles as a teenager. She won three Australian Opens, one Wimbledon and one United States Open from 1997 to 1999.


I though some club members may be interested in the format and new rules at the ATP NextGen finals starting on 7 Nov. in Milan.

I’ve attached the ATP’s info sheet that explains it all (last page below the staff list) and below is the finalized list of players who qualified.  Innovations include no lets, shot clock, player-coach communications….

I’m the ATP’s tournament photographer for the event and leave in a week to cover the Italian qualifying matches to get the 8th player.  The Italian Tennis Federation and Olympic committee are hosting it so they get the wild card.

Chris Kermode (CEO of ATP) wants to experiment with changes to speed up the game and make it more interesting with the NextGen finals as it doesn’t award any points.  I did the NextGen launch party in Rome at the Internazional BNL D’Italia in May and he was telling me that he hoped that some of these may get adopted into the game.

See you at the end of the year,


About the Next Gen ATP Finals
The Next Gen ATP Finals is the season-ending tournament for the world’s best 21-and-Under players. The tournament features the best seven qualified players of the season (as determined by the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday 30 October, 2017), plus one wild card, battling for US$ 1.275 million in prize money over five days of competition. As well as providing a platform to promote the stars of tomorrow, the tournament will also provide an opportunity to trial new rules and innovation in the sport. The event, run in partnership with the Italian Tennis Federation and the Italian National Olympic Committee, is set to take place in Milan through 2021.

2017_NextGen_Event Info


Nelson Bay Tennis Club in Conjunction with our Sponsors Proudly Presents the 2017 “Dave Matthews” Seniors NRT 6 Tennis Tournament. Entry form now available — click link below.

Friday 01 Dec – Sunday 03 Dec 2017

2017 Dave Matthews Entry Form

Nadal Storms To 75th Career Title In Beijing

If Rafael Nadal is to finish as the year-end No. 1 for a fourth time, his recent performances on hard courts will be of critical importance.

Nadal extended his win streak to 12 straight with the China Open title on Sunday, defeating Nick Kyrgios6-2, 6-1. The Spaniard, who remains undefeated since returning to World No. 1 on 21 August, tightened his grip on the top spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Now up to 2,360 points over Roger Federer, he has put himself in prime position to cap his 2017 campaign in No. 1 fashion.

Victory in Beijing gives Nadal his 75th career crown, moving to within two titles of John McEnroe for fourth on the Open Era list. It was his second triumph in the Chinese capital, having previously defeated Guillermo Coria for the 2005 trophy.

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4oth Annual Manly Jazz Festival (Sat 30 Sep – Mon 2 Oct)

The 40th annual Manly Jazz will be held over the October long weekend (Sat 30 Sep – Mon 2 Oct) with performances in multiple indoor and outdoor venues including major stages alongside the world famous Manly Beach.

The internationally acclaimed Manly Jazz is known worldwide for its beautiful location and the diversity of music it presents, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots.

See our official Manly Jazz Program and Sitemap for details of the more than 100 free performances across four stages and indoor venues. Be sure not to miss some of the festival highlights!

Saturday 30 September
Sunday 1 October
Monday 2 October


The Battle of the Sexes took place in 1973 between world No. 1 Billie Jean King and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. The match, and its unparalleled significance, may be familiar to you, but the whole story hasn’t quite been told—until now. Enter the tennis’ latest foray into Hollywood, aptly titled Battle of the Sexes and starring an A-list cast.

Emma Stone, who plays King, won an Oscar this year for La La Land. The 28-year-old is a vastly experienced actress, and yet, this marks the first time she has ever portrayed a real, living person.

“Never having played a real person before and then playing Billie Jean King is really an interesting thing to wrap your head around,” Stone told “That’s why I wanted to do it—it was because she is who she is. I found this story so moving and so inspiring and human. She’s accomplished great things, but she’s also faced adversity and gone through so much in her life.”

The film, which also stars Steve Carell as Riggs, Sarah Silverman as Gladys Heldman, Alan Cummings as Ted Tinling, and Andrea Riseborough as Marilyn Barnett, explores topics of equality, women’s rights and sexuality.

Read More @ Tennis.Com…..

At the US Open, a Crazy Year in Men’s Tennis Gets Crazier

Then came this strange year, when even the most familiar sights—Roger Federer hoisting the trophies at the Australian Open and Wimbledon; Rafael Nadal nearly perfect on his way to the title at Roland Garros—looked weird, given that Federer had taken off the previous six months and Nadal’s best days seemed long gone. Novak Djokovic vanished. Andy Murray was an invisible No. 1. A talented princeling named Alexander Zverev won two masters but couldn’t crack the second week of a major. Nick Kyrgios alternately blazed and imploded. Suddenly, there was no saying what might happen week to week. The only consistent thing was the general prayer that the aging bodies of Nadal and Federer would hold up.

Still, nothing could have prepared me for the trash fire that was the U.S. Open men’s draw……

Yesterday, I watched Juan Martín del Potro struggle through the first two sets against Dominic Thiem—blowing his nose, his eyes red with fever. Struggling to stand up straight, he couldn’t handle Thiem’s heavy, blistering strokes. He finished the first set without a single winner. After del Potro dropped the second set, I turned it off and went to dinner. I was certain that the Argentine would quickly lose or call it a day soon, too. And so I missed the greatest comeback of the year—a 1–6, 2–6, 6–1, 7–6 (7–1), 6–4 thriller. I missed del Potro erasing two match points, and the thunderous ground strokes that drove Thiem back during the tiebreaker in the fourth set. I missed the New York crowd chanting “Olé!,” and del Potro flinging his arms out as if to embrace it.

We will probably get that Federer-Nadal semifinal, too, and, now that both men seem to be rounding into form, it could be a good one. Most likely, the winner of that match will go on to win the final. But, if this year has taught me to assume anything, it’s that I can assume nothing. There’s a reason they keep playing. Olé!

Read more at New Yorker