MTC Competitions Restart

MTC Ladies & Night Competitions

Ladies Competitions start:

  • Tuesday  26 October
  • Friday 29 October

Night Competitions start:

  • Tuesday night 26 October
  • Wednesday night 27 October


Reserve players always welcome.  For more information, please contact or email Scott.

Sign up on the web links above.

Scott Blackburn
MTC Tennis Director & Head Pro

‘It will only get worse’ – Rafael Nadal concerned by tennis trend

A certain aspect of the sport is slowly growing to the detriment of the sport and needs correcting soon according to Rafael Nadal. 

The 20-time Slam champion believes that there are certain areas of the sport that could use some innovation and rethinking.

In particular, Nadal sees the serve as a potential problem area within tennis in the near future.

“I think we need to think about the serve at some stage,” he told Japanese sports magazine Number. “Because the players are getting bigger and bigger and the serve is getting faster and faster.

“If someone doesn’t find a wise solution for serving, I’m worried that matches will be decided solely by serving. I think this problem will get worse within 10 years.”

The interviewer asked whether, for example, the serve could be reduced to just one chance rather than allowing players a second serve.

“I don’t think it’s an irrelevant idea,” Nadal responded. “You can test it out and see if it makes sense. I’m in favour of innovation in the tennis world. I think it’s a good idea to try it in a small tournament first.”

The Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), an exhibition event organised by Patrick Mouratoglou, has trialled a number of rule innovations since its debut in 2020.

Among them, the two-serve format has been scrapped, forcing players to land their serve in first-time.

Manly Tennis Centre Night Competitions Resume 26 October

Now that community sport is again permitted under the COVID roadmap, MTC is accepting entries for a 6-week competition for our Ladies and Night competitions.


Night Competitions start:

  • Tuesday night 26 October
  • Wednesday night 27 October

Enter online. Entries close Friday 22 October.

Questions: Please contact Scott.

Manly Tennis Centre Ladies Competitions Resume 26 October

Now that community sport is again permitted under the COVID roadmap, MTC is accepting entries for a 6-week competition for our Ladies and Night competitions.


Ladies Competitions starts:

  • Tuesday  26 October
  • Friday 29 October

Enter online. Entries close Friday 22 October.

Questions: Please contact Scott.


Budge Patty, Elegant Tennis Champion of the 1950s, Dies at 97 | NYTimes

Budge Patty, one of only three Americans to win the French and Wimbledon men’s singles tennis championships in the same year and a glamorous figure on the international tennis scene of the 1950s, died on Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was 97.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced his death, in a hospital, on Friday. He had lived in Europe for more than 70 years and at his death resided in Lausanne.

Patty honed his skills as a teenager at the Los Angeles Tennis Club and won the United States junior championship in 1941 and ’42. But he settled in Paris after World War II and played mostly on the Continent and in Britain.

He was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1950, when he defeated Jaroslav Drobny, the Czech defector, in five sets to win the French championships, then needed only four sets to defeat Frank Sedgman of Australia in the Wimbledon final. Don Budge, in 1938, and Tony Trabert, in 1955, are the only other American men to have won the singles titles at both of those Grand Slam tournaments in one year. (Trabert died in February at 90.)

Known for an outstanding all-around game but especially for a strong forehand volley, Patty was usually in the top 10 in the world rankings between 1947 and 1957 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., in 1977.

Budge Patty, Elegant Tennis Champion of the 1950s, Dies at 97


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Frozen Shoulder: Causes & Treatment | Tennis4Life

Frozen shoulder, more correctly known as adhesive capsulitis (AC), is a common cause of shoulder pain and loss of shoulder joint motion in the over 40s. 
In ‘primary’ cases of AC, there is no significant reason for the onset pain or stiffness, whereas secondary AC can occur following an injury, trauma, surgery or illness. 
In younger people below the age of 40 and athletes, primary AC is rare; AC is more likely to be secondary in nature – for example following a rotator cuff injury. 

When AC does occur however, it can result in considerable disruption to any tennis activity, especially given the typically long timescale it requires to resolve. 

Read more in link below.

Additional restrictions ease in NSW Government roadmap | Northern Beaches Council

With the first vaccination milestone of 70 percent double vaccination reached, the NSW Government is easing a number of restrictions as part of the Reopening NSW roadmap(Opens in a new window), which will allow fully vaccinated adults to enjoy more freedoms from next Monday 11 October.

The changes to the 70 per cent roadmap will allow:

  • up to 10 visitors (not counting children 12 and under) to a home (previously five)
  • lift the cap on outdoor gatherings to 30 people (previously 20)
  • increase the cap for weddings and funerals to 100 people (previously 50).

Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities. Keep an eye on our aquatic centre webpages for more information on our local pools.

The NSW Government also announced on the Monday after NSW clears the 80 per cent double vaccination hurdle further restrictions will be relaxed, with people able to have:

  • up to 20 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to a home (previously 10)
  • up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors (previously 20).
  • up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events (previously 500)
  • nightclubs will be permitted to reopen for seated drinking only (no dancing)
  • masks will no longer be required in office buildings.

All roadmap freedoms at 70 and 80 per cent will continue to be for fully vaccinated people only.

Tendon health & antibiotic impacts | Tennis4Life

There’s steadily accumulating evidence that one particular group of commonly prescribed antibiotics called ‘fluoroquinolones’ might be implicated in rapid-onset tendon degeneration, exposing sportsmen and women to an increased risk of tendonitis or even tendon rupture.

A recent article in Sports Performance Bulletin looks at the risk of tendon rupture that fluoroquinolone antibiotics pose and explains why sportsmen and women are at particular risk – a risk can last many months after the antibiotic course.

The article explains why any athlete taking common asthma medications should be very careful indeed about fluoroquinolone antibiotic use.

The positive news is that when athletes have to use the antibiotics, there are a number of protocols that can reduce the risk to themselves, and there also evidence that a particular nutrient may also exert a protective effect.

Read more in the attached article and how to protect yourself if required.

Source: Sports Performance Bulletin

COVID-19 Manly NSW: Manly guest house shut down and declared high risk | NBR

RESIDENTS of a Manly guest house have been forced into a two week isolation period with Dr Kerry Chant declaring the site a “high Covid-19 risk premises”.
The site is known by a few names – Manly Waves Studios and Apartments, The Manly Hotel and Manly Guest House, and is located on the corner of Pacific Street and Malvern Avenue.
Dr Chant said there are 26 dwellings at the site and all residents are at risk of transmission of the virus.
“At least one resident in five of those dwellings having received a diagnosis of Covid-19,” she said in her public health order declaration.
Dr Chant ordered that the site be closed from September 29 until October 12.
Data to 8pm on Monday shows the number of active Covid cases in Manly has doubled from six to 12 in the past five days. There are 133 cases across the northern beaches.
A Northern Sydney Local Health District spokesperson said the source of the virus infection was under investigation and residents are required to isolate and get tested.
“Health staff are assisting the guests with their welfare and health needs during this time,” the spokesperson said.
There are no other Manly sites on the NSW Health Covid venue alert list.
“NSW Health does not disclose details of specific venues unless there is a public health reason, such as if contacts are unable to be identified by other means,” the LHD spokesperson said.
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“When a confirmed COVID-19 case attends a venue while possibly infectious, NSW Health carries out a risk assessment on that venue to determine whether other people may have been exposed.
“The public is alerted as quickly as possible to any venues where potential public exposures may have occurred.”
EXPOSURE: Police and health authorities on site at a Manly guest house following a Covid-19 exposure. Picture: Duane Langford

COVID-19 102 cases | Manly, NSW

THE number of Covid-19 cases in the northern beaches has risen to triple digits again, with 102 infected people.

Last week the numbers were hovering around the mid 60s, but after no data from NSW Health for a few days cases have shot back up, the report to 8pm on Monday shows.

The highest number of cases are in the 2099 postcode at 25. This area, which includes Dee Why, Cromer, Narraweena and North Curl Curl, also has the highest population in the LGA at 44,119 people.

Covid-19 by northern beaches postcode

  • 25 in 2099 (Dee Why, Cromer, Narraweena, North Curl Curl)
  • 12 in 2093 (Balgowlah, Clontarf, Manly Vale)
  • 10 in 2107 (Avalon, Bilgola, Clareville, Whale Beach)
  • Nine in 2101 (Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Ingleside)
  • Nine in 2100 (Brookvale, Beacon Hill, Allambie, North Manly, Oxford Falls)
  • Seven in 2086 (Frenchs Forest)
  • Six in 2087 (Forestville, Killarney Heights)
  • Five in 2095 (Manly)
  • Four in 2096 (Curl Curl, Freshwater, Queenscliff)
  • Three in 2097 (Collaroy, Wheeler Heights)
  • Three in 2092 (Seaforth)
  • Two in 2106 (Newport)
  • Two in 2104 (Bayview)
  • Two in 2085 (Belrose, Davidson)
  • One in 2103 (Mona Vale)
  • One in 2108 (Palm Beach, Coasters Retreat, Currawong Beach, Great Mackerel Beach)

There are currently no Covid-19 cases in the 2105 (Church Point, Scotland Island and Elvina, Lovett and Morning bays) and 2102 (Warriewood) postcodes.

Across NSW, Covid cases have also shot upwards with 1022 new cases reported in the 24 hours overnight.

A further 10 people died overnight, eight men and two women, all from Sydney. That takes the total of fatalities in this outbreak across NSW to 255.


Two Golden Slams in One Day | NYTimes


The tennis Grand Slam is so rare that only five players can claim one, and no player at all has achieved the feat since 1988. The Golden Slam, winning all four majors and a gold medal in the same year, is nearly impossible. Only Steffi Graf had ever done it.

Until Sunday, when it was accomplished twice.

First came Diede de Groot of the Netherlands, who won the wheelchair competition at the U.S. Open to complete a sweep of the year’s four Grand Slam tournaments to go with her Paralympic gold medal.

Later in the day, Dylan Alcott of Australia completed the same feat in the men’s quad event. (As opposed to those in the wheelchair division like de Groot, quad players also have significant loss of function in at least one upper limb.)

De Groot defeated Yui Kamiji of Japan, the same woman she defeated in Australia, France and at the Paralympics, 6-3, 6-2. Her Golden Slam almost didn’t get started this year: She needed a third-set tiebreaker to beat Kamiji at the Australian Open.

Despite the accomplishment, De Groot, 24, said she felt a little let down by her play: “After such a long time of traveling and just being everywhere in the world, also I think both of us are a little bit tired. I think you could see it in the match, unfortunately.”

Sunday’s Open championship was the 12th in a Grand Slam singles event for De Groot, still behind the record of 21 set by her countrywoman Esther Vergeer in the early part of this century.

Alcott defeated the 18-year-old Niels Vink of the Netherlands, 7-5, 6-2, to complete his own Golden Slam. It was Alcott’s 15th Grand Slam singles title. Because the quad event is only three years old at the French Open and Wimbledon, it was the first chance for any quad athlete to win a Golden Slam.

“Everybody in this room asked me, ‘Are you thinking about the Golden Slam?’” said Alcott, 30. “I’ve said, ‘No, I don’t really care about it,’ all year. Of course I cared about it. It’s nice not to pretend anymore.”

In 1988, Graf said after completing her Golden Slam at the Seoul Olympics: “I’m very excited. It’s something not many people after me will achieve.”

It took 33 years. And then it only took a few hours.

How Much Water Do You Actually Need? | NYTimes


If you’ve spent any time on social media or visited an athletic event lately, you’ve surely been bombarded with encouragements to drink more water. Celebrity influencers lug around gallon-sized water bottles as the hot new accessory. Twitter bots constantly remind us to make more time to hydrate. Some reusable water bottles even come emblazoned with motivational phrases — “Remember your goal,” “Keep drinking,” “Almost finished” — to encourage more drinking throughout the day.

The purported benefits of excess water consumption are seemingly endless, from improved memory and mental health to increased energy to better complexion. “Stay hydrated” has become a new version of the old salutation, “Stay well.”


But what, exactly, does “stay hydrated” mean? “When lay people discuss dehydration, they mean loss of any fluids,” said Dr. Joel Topf, a nephrologist and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Oakland University in Michigan.

But that interpretation “has been completely blown out of proportion,” said Kelly Anne Hyndman, a kidney function researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Staying hydrated is definitely important, she said, but the idea that the simple act of drinking more water will make people healthier isn’t true. Nor is it correct that most people are walking around chronically dehydrated or that we should be drinking water all day long.

From a medical standpoint, Dr. Topf added, the most important measure of hydration is the balance between electrolytes like sodium and water in the body. And you don’t need to chug glass after glass of water throughout the day to maintain it.

We’ve all been taught that eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day is the magic number for everyone, but that notion is a myth, said Tamara Hew-Butler, an exercise and sports scientist at Wayne State University.

Unique factors like body size, outdoor temperature and how hard you’re breathing and sweating will determine how much you need, she said. A 200-pound person who just hiked 10 miles in the heat will obviously need to drink more water than a 120-pound office manager who spent the day in a temperature-controlled building.

The amount of water you need in a day will also depend on your health. Someone with a medical condition like heart failure or kidney stones may require a different amount than someone taking diuretic drugs, for example. Or you may need to alter your intake if you’ve been ill, with vomiting or diarrhea.

For most young, healthy people, the best way to stay hydrated is simply to drink when you’re thirsty, Dr. Topf said. (Those who are older, in their 70s and 80s, may need to pay more attention to getting sufficient fluids because the thirst sensation can decrease with age.)

And despite popular belief, don’t rely on urine color to accurately indicate your hydration status, Dr. Hew-Butler said. Yes, it’s possible that dark yellow or amber urine could mean that you’re dehydrated, but there’s no solid science to suggest that the color, alone, should prompt a drink.

Not necessarily. From a purely nutritional standpoint, water is a better choice than less healthy options like sugary sodas or fruit juices. But when it comes to hydration, any beverage can add water to your system, Dr. Hew-Butler said.

One popular notion is that drinking beverages with caffeine or alcohol will dehydrate you, but if that’s true, the effect is negligible, Dr. Topf said. A 2016 randomized controlled trial of 72 men, for instance, concluded that the hydrating effects of water, lager, coffee and tea were nearly identical.

You can also get water from what you eat. Fluid-rich foods and meals like fruits, vegetables, soups and sauces all contribute to water intake. Additionally, the chemical process of metabolizing food produces water as a byproduct, which adds to your intake too, Dr. Topf said.