Extraordinary General Meeting

Dear Members

This upcoming  EGM is required to formalise two issues we had arising from the AGM. One was that at the time of the AGM the Club’s Financial Statement had not been certified by the auditor as he was away on holiday. The accounts have now been certified.

Secondly, the payment of honoraria was not included in the AGM agenda papers and therefore could not be approved at the AGM. We are now seeking members’ approval at the EGM.

The approval of the AGM minutes is a procedural matter.

Craig Withell


Extraordinary General Meeting

MEMBERS ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held at The Manly Lawn Tennis Club  –  Cnr Belgrave and Raglan Streets on the 21st December 2019  at 4p.m. and that the intended business of the meeting will be as follows.

(1) “That the Minutes of the 47th Annual General Meeting held on November 11th, 2019 be accepted as a true and correct record of that meeting”.

(2) To consider, and if thought fit, to pass the following special resolutions.
“That the audited Financial Statement for the year ended 31st August 2019 be accepted.”

(3) To consider, and if thought fit, to pass the following special resolution
  “that, pursuant to article 88 of the Club Constitution that, honorarium payments of $1500  be paid to each of the following – Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, Club Captain and Club Bar Manager”.

By order of the Manly Lawn Tennis Club Committee
V Longfellow

MLTC AGM2019 Minutes

MLTC AGM minutes 11Nov 2019

Club Championships Finals Day Draws

Draws for the annual club championships have been posted.

Click on the link for each event @ https://www.manlylawn.com.au/manly-tennis-club/club-championships/ 

Thank you to Dean Hodgson for preparing the draws!

Club Championships Draws Posted 26-27Oct

Draws for the annual club championships have been posted.

Click on the link for each event @ https://www.manlylawn.com.au/manly-tennis-club/club-championships/ 

Thank you to Dean Hodgson for preparing the draws!

MLTC Annual Report 2019

ABN 59 001 063 074


To be presented to the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
On Monday 11th November 2019.

Click the following link to download a copy.

MLTC Annual Report 2019

For more information:
Virginia Longfellow
Club Secretary

Club Championships Draws Posted

Draws for the annual club championships have been posted.

Click on the link for each event @ https://www.manlylawn.com.au/manly-tennis-club/club-championships/ 

Thank you to Dean Hodgson for preparing the draws!

Annual Club Championships Entries Close Oct 14

Entries for the 2019 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 events are for anyone to enter.

A-Grade Men’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed is for Men who played 2.1 or lower in Badge. A-Grade Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed is for Ladies who played 1.2 or no Badge.

All players who did not play Badge will have their eligibility to enter A-Grade events at the discretion of the Badge selectors.

Monday October 14 is the closing date for entries.

Maximum 3 entries per person.

Please click here for more information and to download an entry form.


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

Gosford Seniors Tournament: 18-20 Oct

I am the President at Gosford Tennis Centre on the Central Coast and would like to invite you as a member of Seniors Tennis NSW to our seniors tennis tournament at Gosford on the 18th, 19th and 20th October.

The event forms part of the Seniors NSW Tennis calendar which is available at http://www.tennisseniors.org.au/nsw/calendar.htm

Chris Lees
President, Gosford Tennis Club
M 0411 154 327

New York Times: The Evolution of Tennis in Four Grips

There seems to be no end to the arguments about which players use which forehand grips. And the small adjustments that players make with their hand positions make it tricky to lump them into neat categories.

Nevertheless, here is a historical trip around the grip.


When Grass Was King

When Laver placed his left palm on the top bevels of the handle in the 1960s and ’70s, he was using the Continental grip. It was passed down through a game that had been played nearly exclusively on grass. It was the perfect forehand grip for the way the game was played: The grass produced low, skidding shots, and most players’ swings, with wooden rackets, produced little spin.

It was a serve and volley game. When players weren’t exchanging knee-high shots, they were getting to the net to avoid the unreliable grass bounces, and to put away their opponents with sharp-angled volleys. It took only the slightest grip adjustments to hit nearly any shot that came their way.

Players who used the Continental forehand grip

Rod Laver

Margaret Court

Billie Jean King

John McEnroe

Until the mid-1970s, three of the four major tournaments were played on grass, so the Continental grip had a long life as the forehand grip of choice among the game’s players.

The popularity of this grip began to decline in the 1970s but persisted into the ’80s and ’90s with players like John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Stefan Edberg. It lives on today as the Swiss Army knife of grips, with most players using it on shots like their serves, overheads, volleys and chip shots.

But as a forehand grip, it is no longer suited to today’s high-speed, high-spin, high-bounce game, and it has gone the way of wooden rackets.


Borg Starts a Revolution

Watch Roger Federer connect on a hip-high forehand, and you are looking at an Eastern grip, although maybe not one as classic as Pete Sampras’s.

“Pete was a true 3, 3,” said John Yandell, explaining that Sampras had both his index knuckle and the heel pad of his palm squarely on Bevel 3.

Federer modifies his by moving his index knuckle a bit more toward Bevel 4, said Yandell, who created Tennisplayer.net and who analyzes high-speed video of the pro game.

Federer’s grip is a bit of a bridge. It looks familiar to those who used the Eastern in the ’70s and ’80s, but it is creeping toward the bottom of the handle enough to look at home in today’s game.

Players who used the Eastern forehand grip

Chris Evert

Pete Sampras

Steffi Graf

Roger Federer

Although Bill Tilden is widely credited with inventing the Eastern grip in the 1920s, it was Bjorn Borg’s use of it in the ’70s that proved to be a game-changer.

Borg slid his hand down from the Continental, and a tennis revolution was underway.

He began imparting far more topspin on the ball than anyone else, hitting harder and harder shots that would dive down inside the opponent’s baseline instead of going long.

According to Yandell, Borg introduced the notion that a player could win by playing almost exclusively from the backcourt with hard, topspin shots — a familiar sight in today’s game.

Bjorn Borg used an Eastern grip and an upward swing path to create topspin.

There was so much topspin that many believed he was using an even more severe grip, like the Semi-Western. (Battles still rage in chat rooms about it.)

“You could say the slide underneath the handle started with Borg. He just didn’t slide it very far,” Yandell said.

Instead, Borg paired the Eastern grip with an upward, arcing swing path to create all that topspin.


Topspin Wins the Day

The generation of players in this year’s United States Open have been using modern racket and string technology since their youth. The quest for more power and topspin is in their D.N.A.

What was once a slow evolution of grips became a race toward the bottom of the handle.

“It was like a domino fall,” Yandell said. “One guy slides his grip underneath the handle and starts hitting loopier, heavier topspin. And then the ball bounces up to the other guy’s shoulder. And, you know, he just does the same.”

Serena Williams’s Semi-Western forehand.

The Semi-Western grip moves the hand another notch clockwise from the Eastern (or counterclockwise for left-handers).

The farther the grip is under the racket, the more the hand and arm naturally work together to create the arc of the swing that was so evident with Borg.

That arc, commonly known as the “windshield wiper” because of the shape it makes, paired with the Semi-Western grip, creates tremendous topspin.

The “windshield wiper” arc of Novak Djokovic’s forehand.

Where Federer creates about 2,500 r.p.m.s of topspin with his modified Eastern grip, Nadal’s severe Semi-Western grip (almost a Western) creates nearly 4,000, Yandell said.

The Semi-Western is well suited for today’s shoulder-high bounces, allowing a player to more easily get the racket up and over the ball at contact to impart the spin.

But the grip and path of the swing also mean the contact point needs to be in front of the players. This forces players to stand deep behind the baseline to give them enough reaction time.

What the Continental was to Laver and generations before him, the Semi-Western is to today’s players. From Serena Williams to Novak Djokovic, the Semi-Western grip and its subtle variations hit the sweet spot on the handle that matches the demands of today’s game.


Tennis Reaches the Bottom

This brings us back to Khachanov, the ninth-ranked player in the world.

The 23-year-old Russian used his big serve and powerful Western-grip forehand to get to the quarterfinals of this year’s French Open and to beat Djokovic in the 2018 Paris Masters.

Khachanov is among only a few current players — Kyle Edmund and Jack Sock among them — who use the Western grip, placing their palm under the racket, creating even greater topspin shots hit with immense power.

Karen Khachanov

Kyle Edmund

Jack Sock

And as topspin increases, so does the height of the bounces, making this not only an optimal grip for high bounces but a cause of them as well.

But today’s Western grip also has its limitations. Players are constantly shifting their forehand grip to react to other shots coming their way: a backhand, a volley, an ankle-high chip.

The Western grip doesn’t always work so well on those other shots, so what might be micro-adjustments from an Eastern or Semi-Western grip, become larger adjustments from the Western.

The polar opposite grips of Laver and Khachanov speak to the ever-changing nuances of tennis.

It’s unclear whether this is the end of the line for tennis’s grip migration, but so far, you could say the forehand grip has come half circle.