Being Fit May Be as Good for You as Not Smoking

A new study found a strong correlation between endurance and living a long life.

Being in shape may be as important to a long life as not smoking, according to an interesting new study of the links between fitness and mortality.

The study also explores whether there is any ceiling to the benefits of fitness — whether, in essence, you can exercise too much. The answer, it found, is a reassuring no.

At this point, we should not be surprised to hear that people who exercise and have high aerobic endurance tend to live longer than those who are sedentary and out of shape. A large body of past research has linked exercise with longevity and indicated that people who work out tend also to be people with lengthy, healthy lives.

But much of this research relied on asking people about their exercise routines, a practice that is known to elicit unreliable answers.

So for the new study, which was published this month in JAMA Network Open, a group of researchers and physicians at the Cleveland Clinic decided to look for more objective ways to measure the relationship between endurance and longevity.

Annual Club Championship Draws

Please click on the links below to open each draw in a new tab:

Result from this past weekend’s play are included.

Thank you to Dean Hodgson for compiling the draws.

Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

Some experts question whether the surgery is being done too often or too soon on patients who have not adequately explored less invasive approaches.

For the vast majority of patients with debilitating knee pain, joint replacement surgery is considered an “elective” procedure.

While it’s true that one’s life doesn’t depend on it, what about quality of life? Many people hobbling about on painful knees would hardly regard the surgery as optional. Consider, for example, two people I know: a 56-year-old man passionate about tennis who can no longer run for a bus, let alone on the court, and a 67-year-old otherwise healthy woman with bone-on-bone arthritis who can’t walk without a cane or stand for more than a few minutes.

They have reason to think it may be time to replace their worn-out knees with artificial ones, an operation that is now among the most frequently performed costly medical procedures in the United States. But some leading medical economists are asking whether this surgery is being done too often or too soon on patients who have not adequately explored less invasive approaches to relieve their pain and improve their mobility.

I certainly had done due diligence before opting to have both knees replaced 14 years ago at age 63. I had wanted to wait longer, given that the life expectancy of artificial knees was then 10 to 15 years, and I would have liked Medicare to help foot the bill. I had no weight to lose and had done months of physical therapy that made me stronger but not better. I tried gel injections to no effect, and was living on anti-inflammatory drugs just to get through the day.

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Club News

Entries are low for the Club Championships and entries close next Monday October 15.  None of our Men’s 1 team have entered as yet.

The Ladies Open Singles and Doubles will now be played at the end of November as many of our top ladies are unavailable.  The Open Mixed and A event Ladies Singles and Doubles will be played if sufficient entries are received.  We have sufficient entries already to hold the A Mixed Doubles but need more.

Social tennis will be limited during the club championships so players are encouraged to enter and challenge yourself.
Enter by sending an email to the Club Captain.
Note that membership fees for 2018-19 must be paid before October 15 to be eligible to play in the Championships.
The AGM will be held on Monday November 5 and nominations are open for two more weeks for anyone who wishes to become a committee member. Nomination forms are at the club or email the secretary.
Denis Crowley
Manly Lawn Tennis Club Captain.

Club News

The long weekend saw many players at social tennis practicing for the Club Championships.
Entries close on October 15 so get your entries in. Anybody needing a doubles partner just let me know and I will try to find one for you.
There will be 4 seeds in all events and after placing the seeds, the rest of the draw is done randomly. If you don’t get a seeded player or pair in round one you could play several matches against weaker opponents.
If you did not play Badge you can still enter and the committee will grade you.
All matches are knockout and will be mainly on Saturday afternoons with fewer matches on Sunday.
Finals day is November 3 for all events.
Long time member Paul Wigney has been unwell and was admitted to Mona Vale hospital.  He has recovered now and all members wish him well. He would like his friends at the club to contact him.
Denis Crowley
Manly Lawn Tennis Club Captain.

Saturday Social Court Captain Roster

Court Captains
September 29 – December 22, 2018

Sept. 29                   Denis Crowley                            Bob Duffin

Oct.     6                   Peter Roberts                             Narelle Kinsey

Oct.   13                   Milton Da Rocha                        Ian Bate

Oct.   20                                Club Championships

Oct.   27                                Club Championships

Nov.    3                                 Club Championships

Nov.  10                    Jon Corney                                 Scott Anderson

Nov.  17                    Dean Hodgson                           Sarah Bunting

Nov. 24                     Tim Coleman                              Carl Brazendale

Dec.    1                     Julia Gunn                                   Stuart Charlton

Dec.    8                     Ron Jeffs                                      Tony Hamilton

Dec.  15                     Michelle Stevens                        Lindy Meakins

Dec.  22                     Denis Crowley                             Mark Flogel


Court Captains operate 1pm-4pm. Members playing before 1pm and after 4pm

arrange their own sets.

REMINDER:  Should you be unavailable on your rostered date, please arrange your own replacement.

VISITORS:  $20 fee to be collected prior to playing.

Annual Club Championships Entries Close Oct 14

Entries for the club championships are now open.  Events are:

  • Open Men’s singles and doubles
  • Open Ladies singles and doubles
  • Open Mixed Doubles
  • A grade Men’s singles and doubles
  • A grade Ladies singles and doubles
  • A grade Mixed doubles.

Open grades are for anyone.

A grade is for men 2.1 Badge grade or lower and ladies A grade is 1.3 Badge or lower. A grade mixed is thus a 1.3 lady with a man 2.1 or lower.

Combined and Age Club Championships will be held in February.

Matches will be played on Saturdays October 20 and 27 and Sundays October 21 and October 28

All finals will be held on Saturday November 3 with a barbecue and presentation ceremony.

All events will be a knockout tournament and the open events might include a plate event also if we have lots of entries.

Sunday October 14 is the closing date for entries.

Maximum 3 entries per person.

Please send entries to Denis Crowley
MLTC Club Captain 

School Holiday Tennis Camps

During the October school holidays, Manly Tennis Centre is running tennis-focused multi-sport camps.
We keep our coach to student ratio low to make sure that everyone gets as much attention as possible and the children get the most out of the camps.
The camps run daily from 8:30 AM to 3 PM.
The mornings of the camps focus mostly on tennis skills and drills with a few games mixed in.  The afternoon include match play along with other sports to give the children some variety.
So please join us for a great time over the holiday break!
Richard Gauntlett
Manly Tennis Centre
CNR Belgrave St & Raglan St, Manly, NSW 2095

MLTC Badge Finals

Badge Final Results

Manly Lawn Tennis Club had two winning Badge Teams last Saturday.  Our Men’s 1 and Ladies 2 were successful.  Our Men’s 4 were beaten in the final. Congratulations to the winning teams and commiserations to our losing team.

Of the 13 Men’s and Ladies grades, 4 Clubs each won 2 grades: Manly, Neutral Bay, Royal Sydney, and Strathfield.

Badge Results Finals

Ladies 2 Won 6-1.  The ladies finished off a great season by winning the final easily. Sarah and Emily won 4 sets and Kirsten and Danni won 2 sets with one unfinished. Fellow team members Virginia,Caroline ,Kristina and Ali contributed during a very successful  season. Well done ladies.

Winning Ladies 1.2 Team

Mens 1 Won 4-4 on games.  The men triumphed in a tight struggle and came from 1-3 down at the break.  Sean and Jono won 3 sets and Andrew and Harry won an exciting last set 6-4 to complete a tense victory. Fellow team members Todd, Sam, Bosko, Boyd, Peter and Joshua contributed to the winning season. Well done again guys.

Winning Men’s 1.1 Team

Men’s 4 Lost 1-7.  Royal Sydney had a young pair that played magnificent on the day to win 4 sets easily. Our players went well against the other pair to win 1 set and lose two other close sets. Tom and Alec managed to win a tiebreaker whilst Chris and Hugo lost two close sets. Graham Bob and Denis contributed to a very successful season.

Men’s 2.2 Finalists

Ladies 1.1 Won 6-1.  In the 2nd last round our ladies are back in 4th position.Julia and Marina and Yvonne and Sofie each won 3 sets. If they win next Saturday, they will play off for 3rd and 4th position as there is no semifinal.

Next Saturday our Ladies 1 play at 250pm.

Our End of Badge Barbecue will be on later in the afternoon.

Club Championships entries will open soon.

AGM will be held on Monday November 5.

Swanee Trivia

Last week’s answer:  Mark Edmondson was the last Australian to win The Australian Men’s Singles Title in 1976.  He defeated John Newcombe in the final who allegedly underestimated Edmondson and partied the night before.

This weeks trivia: What year did Swanee play his last Badge match? (Hint it was after the war–The Boer War.)

Denis Crowley Manly Lawn Tennis Club Captain.


AskThePro: A Good String Job Can Manage Your Limitations

In our previous column on rackets, we make reference to the key advantages of a good restring in managing your limitations!

The tournament pros are absolutely fanatical about their choice of strings and the associated string tension — which they change to suit both surface and playing conditions — and often during a match.  I still carry two rackets in my bag each with a slightly different tension to accommodate the changing playing conditions at Manly Lawn.

Conversely, our average tennis player puts what I euphemistically call “two dollars worth of nylon” in a $200+ high performance frame — and expects to play consistently well and without injury, especially tennis elbow.

Most club players who play two or more times a week are well advised to get a GOOD STRING JOB every 8 to 10 weeks depending on the season.  Aggressive players who blast the ball with big western forehands (Boyd, Bosko, Harry & Co) need to update every 3 to 4 weeks or so.  Yep, strings go loose and dead — and performance suffers!

Trust me when I say, your game will improve at least a POINT A GAME with a good restring! You might even be encouraged to take a few lessons to help better manage the rest of your limitations.

So what constitutes a GOOD STRING JOB?

First a little science education since modern strings come in different materials and thicknesses, each designed to suit different playing styles. In the table below, you’ll notice the differences in the main and cross strings and the dependence on whether you want control, power, comfort (did I mention managing tennis elbow?).

Thickness is pretty screwy since 18 gauge string is thinner than 16 gauge, go figure!

You can see from the graph above that the typical $2 nylon (16G) has high durability (to ensure rackets have a good shelf life) and low spin potential ( aka “feel/control”)! How did that new Wilson play Jordan with the $2 nylon??

Even at my tender age, I still use a hybrid combination of 18G multifilament Gamma Live Wire on the mains and Babolat Blast (Nadal’s string) on the crosses. Yep as I’ve aged and reverted to social player status, I’ve gone for more control and less power by reversing the mains and the crosses per the table. The 18G Live Wire is more lively (plays like gut) and gives me much more feel. The Blast allows me to give the ball a nudge and more topspin when I need to (sorry Richard).

And now the string tension.  Most players string the crosses the same as the mains and expect the tension to be even itself out throughout the racket during stringing. Well that’s the logic anyway. The GOAL was always to get an even string tension in the racket to increase the ‘sweet spot’. Yep, for most of my playing life I relied on that logic too. Of course my ball watching was so much better than, and I played with gut, so miss hits were infrequent. And yep it’s SOoooooo Wrong!

Several years ago I ran into a older, chain smoking racket stringer in California who set me straight — and he didn’t hold back!  Turns out that what most people miss is the impact of FRICTION on the Crosses when you’re feeding the string under and over through the Mains. Whatever tension you string the Mains at, you ADD 5lb to the Crosses to counter the friction. Here’s my current stringing pattern to illustrate this key point:


So Obi Wan (thanks Howard) how should I translate this to my game? Well most rackets come with a suggested stringing guide for tension. Start with the mid range for the racket for the Mains and then string the Crosses 5lb more.  Then adjust up and down as required until you’re comfortable with the tension. Aside, typically you can use a lower tension that the one you used previously; helps your feel and control.

Just ask Tommie for ‘Rob’s restring’ if you want to try this type of restring at the Manly Tennis Centre. You’ll find an immediate benefit of a bigger sweet spot — and most of your misshits will go over now as your control is significantly improved. Just ask Howard, Ken Grey or some of our other playmates what the effect has been on our games!

As for the choice of string, well that depends on your game. I’ve given you the guidelines in the table above which you can probably figure out yourself. Even so, probably better to go talk to Scottie, Tebbs or Howard when you want some pro advice about what strings may suit your individual playing style.

To repeat what my mate Howard the pro says, you’ve got to manage your limitations — and using better technology (whether frame and/or strings) is a great way to do this. Cunning and guile will only get you so far! Invest in the technology!

Make a regular investment in a GOOD STRING JOB using the latest materials technology; it’s absolutely worth it for your psyche alone!