Tennis Seniors Qld Carnival

Q18 is fast approaching – that’s our annual Tennis Seniors Australia event, at the Gold Coast, from January 7. Click for Link 

A Teams’ Nomination Form must be completed by each and every one of the players in your team! It will be available next month.

Don’t forget to nominate someone (if you think they are deserving) of the Senior of the Year award. They need to be pro-active, fun-loving and cooperative members of Tennis Seniors NSW. We’ll make the decision later in the year. We have two nominations so far.

Orange 16th  & 17th and Gunnedah 23rd and 24th will complete the September time-line – followed by our State Championships from Sept 29 – Oct 2. Entries are being taken now, either on-line at or you can print the pdf file and send it by mail to PO Box 4803, Nth Rocks 2151. This year we are catering for those who are defeated in their first match, by conducting Consolation Singles AND Doubles on Sunday and Monday, in Round Robin format, so you will still get plenty of tennis.

Bye for now, best wishes
Robyn Castle
Secretary TNSW

Any questions re TSW email Robyn.

The Key to the Resurgence of Nadal and Federer?

The resurgence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer this season is all about turning a liability into an asset.

If tennis were investing, these two would be the master traders of 2017, the best on tour at taking a losing stock and turning it into a winning one.

The stock in focus is second serves.

Second serves are generally underrated, underperforming and under the radar when it comes to the discussion of tennis greats. Second serves for most of the tennis market are a speculative stock, but not for Nadal and Federer.

Nadal, who recently returned to the No. 1 ranking, and Federer, who is ranked third, have hoarded the Grand Slam singles titles this year and are among the favorites at the United States Open, which begins on Monday. They have never played each other in Flushing Meadows.

There is only one serve, return or “under pressure” statistic on the ATP Tour in which Nadal and Federer are ranked one-two this season: second-serve points won.

Continue reading the NYTimes’ story

Nadal has won an impressive 61 percent of his second-serve points this season to lead the tour. Federer is right behind, having won 60 percent. Each player’s career average is 57 percent, and Nadal in particular has improved from last season, when he won 54 percent of his second-serve points.

They double-down on making a derivative of their game a peak performer. The rest of the tour tend to struggle mightily.

Roger Federer Heads The World’s Highest-Paid Tennis Players Of 2017

The 2017 US Open field is missing many of the biggest stars in tennis. Among those sidelined this year by injury are Andy MurrayStan WawrinkaNovak DjokovicKei Nishikori and Milos Raonic, all ranked among the top 12 men in the world. The best player in the women’s game, Serena Williams, hasn’t played since January as she prepares to give birth to her first child in the coming weeks.

Read more @ Forbes

Tennis Seniors Carnival 2018

Teams’ Entries Close Oct 9

Robyn Castle, secretary Tennis Seniors NSW, has sent us the nomination form with details for the Teams Event, pls click below.  You need to join Tennis Seniors to play in the event.

Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast is the main venue fr the Teams’ Carnival.  Teams’ Carnival: January 8 – 12 , Seniors’ Championships: Jan 14 – Fri 19

Accommodation is filling fast! If you would like to refer to a list of apartments etc,

Email Robyn to request more information and to join Tennis Seniors.

Team Entry Form: 2018_08_TSNSW_Nomination_Form_TEAMS

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


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…..

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

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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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


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