MLTC Hygiene Marshall

As of Saturday 1 August, new rules have been in place for small bars to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in NSW.

A Hygiene Marshall (Leone Bray) will be on duty at the club from 2pm to 630pm. The Marshall will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of our COVID-19 safety plan are adhered to including:

  • overseeing social distancing
  • cleaning equipment
  • providing hand sanitiser
  • ensuring accuracy of record keeping.

Thanks in advance for respecting our Hygiene Marshall and for following the rules, which includes signing-in, practicing good hygiene and maintaining social distancing. We’ve got some helpful signage up to remind everyone.   

Please support our committee members who are implementing the state government requirements.

The club  has registered it’s COVID-19 safety plan with the NSW Government and is committed to ensuring the safety of its members and visitors.

Secretary MLTC

COVID-19 Registration

Government regulations require that we must register ALL members, players and visitors using the Manly Tennis Centre.

Please scan our QR code at the centre with your phone’s camera app to complete registration each day you visit us.

Only your name and mobile are required. Thank you.

MLTC COVID-19 Update – Courts Available for Play; Clubhouse Closed.

Courts are available for play.

The MLTC Clubhouse is closed but players can access the club’s washrooms.

Member, Player and Staff Basics:

  • If you are unwell or have reason to believe you may be infected with COVID 19 virus, please do NOT attend MLTC before seeking and following medical advice.
  • If you have been travelling recently, especially overseas you must follow Government self-isolation guidelines.
  • Please – no shaking hands or contact with others while at MLTC while this crisis continues
  • Please use our washrooms, soap dispensers and the hand sanitiser on the reception counter to ensure safe hand hygiene.
  • Please do not loiter inside the clubhouse.  There are loads of outside open spaces so please use them.

Coaching and Midweek Competitions

  • All Coaching is ON.  Please check with the Manly Tennis Centre if you have any questions.

Members Social Tennis

  • Members’ social tennis will continue, keeping in mind the above Basics guidance.

The management of MLTC is currently, and will continue, to follow all directives from Federal, State and Local Governments in relation to COVID-19. We will update immediately when/if there is any change.

As at 12.30 pm March 23, current government restrictions mean MLTC can stay open with the measures we have in place.

Craig Withell
23March 2020

COVID-19 Update – Coaching, Court Hire & Competitions

Djokovic comes from two sets down to beat Tsitsipas in French Open final

Novak Djokovic won his 19th career grand slam title on Sunday, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open final.

The 22-year-old Greek looked poised in his first grand slam final, going two sets up before it all fell apart against the world No.1.

Serbian Novak Djokovic gets his hands – and his lips – on the trophy.

Serbian Novak Djokovic gets his hands – and his lips – on the trophy.Credit:AP

Tsitsipas won the first set after erasing a set point in the tie-breaker with a difficult forehand winner. In the second set he looked fresher than the 34-year-old Djokovic, who is coming off an epic semifinal against Rafael Nadal.

But Djokovic steadied his game in the third set, which turned in the fourth game, when he converted his fifth break-point chance of the game.

After that, Tsitsipas appeared to lose his way, while Djokovic found his form.

During the changeover before the fourth set, Tsitsipas laid on his back and was stretched out by the trainer, a back injury apparently hindering his movement.

Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches for the ball against Novak Djokovic.

Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches for the ball against Novak Djokovic.Credit:AP

Fifth seed Tsitsipas appeared to be struggling physically but valiantly tried to dig in at the start of the fifth set as the shadows spread across a sun-lit Court Philippe Chatrier.

But Djokovic got the early break in the decider and although he was pushed hard, he was never threatened again.

There were nerves as he served at 5-4, netting an easy volley and then seeing a Tsitsipas backhand flash past him on championship point. However, Djokovic would not be denied at the second time of asking after four hours 11 minutes.

It was the sixth time in his career Djokovic had overcome a two-set deficit to win – and he did it in front of a vocal Roland-Garros crowd that was very much weighted in favour of the Greek.

In moving just one behind the record of 20 shared by Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, Djokovic became the first player in the professional era to win each grand slam title twice. “It was again an electric atmosphere. Nine hours of tennis in less than 48 hours,” Djokovic said on court.

“It’s not easy; physically and mentally it was very, very difficult for me. I believed in my capacities and in my game. It’s a dream come true.”

[The Washington Post] Barbora Krejcikova honors late coach and wins a French Open filled with twists and upsets

The unseeded Krejcikova, 25, whose name was on no one’s mind at the start of the French Open, was crowned its champion after a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory.

The brilliant Justine Henin and Martina Navratilova, with 25 Grand Slam singles titles between them, looked on from the stands.

Her late coach, Jana Novotna, surely watched from above.
And following along from home in the Czech Republic was Barbora Krejcikova’s mother, who gave her daughter the courage to knock on Novotna’s door as a teenager and ask the 1998 Wimbledon champion for help with her tennis.
Krejcikova, 25, had drawn inspiration and strength from all these women since childhood — and never more so than Saturday at Roland Garros, where she weathered a tough patch midway through the French Open final to claim her first Grand Slam title with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Paris.

It was only fitting that Krejcikova used the glorious moment, microphone in hand, to honor all the mentors and role models whose presence — whether in body or spirit — gave her strength and inspiration.
“Pretty much her last words to me were, ‘Just enjoy and just try to go win a Grand Slam,’” 

Krejcikova told the crowd during her on-court interview, recalling the difficult time she spent with Novotna, losing her battle with cancer, as she slipped away in 2017 at age 49. “I know somewhere, she is looking out for me. This happened pretty much because she is looking out for me.”
Krejcikova’s name was on no one’s mind at the start of the French Open.

Nor was Pavlyuchenkova’s, apart from avid tennis fans who might have remembered her promise as the world’s top-ranked junior at age 14.
But a tennis lifetime had come and gone since then. One month shy of her 30th birthday, the 31st-seeded Pavlyuchenkova was as unlikely a French Open finalist as the unseeded Krejcikova, known until recently as strictly a doubles specialist.

French Open 2021: Djokovic Beats Nadal in Men’s Semifinal

Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1, outlasted Rafael Nadal, the “King of Clay,” in four sets, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2, in a match that felt like it should have been a final.

PARIS — “He brings out the best in me.”

That’s what Novak Djokovic said the other night about Rafael Nadal, the 13-time winner of the French Open and the man he would be facing in the semifinal in just under 48 hours.

Djokovic needed his best, and then some, Friday night as he beat Nadal on the court he has treated like his living room since 2005. The score, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3, reflected a wild match that produced some of the most remarkable tennis in years.

In beating Nadal at the French Open, Djokovic pulled off what known as the hardest feat in tennis. Nadal was 105-2 at Roland-Garros and had not lost there since 2015. Djokovic had his number that time too. There is a statue of Nadal outside Court Phillippe Chatrier. During this tournament, his fellow players speak of him with a kind of reverence usually reserved for legends of the past.

And that was how Djokovic spoke of his longtime rival moments after Nadal’s final backhand sailed wide.

“The first thing I want to say was it was my privilege also to be on the court with Rafa for this incredible match,” Djokovic said. “It is surely the greatest match I have played here in Paris.”

Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the final on Sunday. Tsitsipas will be playing in his first Grand Slam singles final. Djokovic will be playing for his 19th Grand Slam singles title. A win would bring him within one of Nadal and Roger Federer, who are tied with 20.

It would also put him in solid position to win all four Grand Slams in a single year, something that no man has accomplished in more than 50 years. He won the Australian Open in February and he is the defending champion at Wimbledon, which begins in two weeks. It is a title he has won five times, and he has won 12 Grand Slam titles on hard courts, including three at the United States Open, which will take place in New York at the end of the summer.

It was a match that had everything, even a looming curfew of 11 p.m. that threatened to send the crowd of 5,000 people home in the middle of an epic duel.

Instead, at the conclusion of the third-set tiebreaker, French officials delivered one of the great moments of the pandemic. As the set ended, an announcement was made that an exception had been granted and the fans could remain to see the conclusion of what would either be an upset for the ages or one of the great escapes in the history of the game.

Suddenly, a crowd of 5,000 sounded like one 10 times as large. There was chanting and dancing in the aisles — “Merci Macron” they sang, showing their gratitude to the French president — there were hugs and high-fives, which have been in short supply during a mostly miserable year and a half for sports and much of the rest of the world.

In truth, forcing the crowd to leave would have been cruel after what it had witnessed during the previous three-and-a-half-hours, including a 91-minute third set, in which Nadal seemed to have mounted the beginning of his great escape before Djokovic snuffed it out.

Matches between Djokovic and Nadal are unlike anything else in the sport. Every moment has a crucial feel to it because they both provide so little margin for error for their opponents.

Miss a first serve and the second one is likely to come back down your throat. Leave that deep volley just slightly too far inside the baseline and there’s an unseeable crosscourt angle they will find on a point that looked over just a second before.

Diego Schwartzman, who had lost to Nadal in the quarterfinals, tweeted a question as he watched: “Do we tennis players play the same sport as the two of them?”

This match, the 58th time the two have met, was a four-hour display of tennis one-upmanship.

A near-perfect, running lob from Djokovic was met with a wild sky hook overhead from Nadal. Forehands hit on impossibly tight angles were returned by backhands on even tighter ones. Nadal would hit a drop shot that would settle within three feet of the net. Djokovic would send it back nearly parallel to the net a foot closer. Violently slicing serves met untouchable crosscourt returns.

Nadal had the initial edge, surging to a 5-0 lead that felt eerily familiar to the start of his blowout win over Djokovic in the French Open last year.

ImageNadal during the first set.
Credit…Pete Kiehart for The New York Times

Early on, Nadal returned two overheads then won a duel at the net. The crowd exploded as it always does when Nadal is doing his thing at Roland-Garros. Djokovic appeared staggered, but he dug in and began to battle, even saving set point after set point.

As the second set began, Djokovic grew more comfortable with every game. If the hardest thing in tennis is to beat Nadal at Roland-Garros, the second hardest may be dealing with Djokovic’s return of serve. All night long he pelted it at Nadal’s feet, forcing him back as he tried to push forward.

But with Djokovic sprinting ahead and serving at 5-4 in the third set, and needing just two points for a commanding lead, Nadal made two down-the-line winners that seemed to foretell a great escape. He broke Djokovic, and he had a set point two games later, but he frittered away a golden opportunity on Djokovic’s second serve. Then in the tiebreaker, he missed a wide-open forehand volley to give Djokovic a 5-3 lead.

“I had the big chance,” Nadal said when it was over. “I missed it and an easy volley in the tie break. These kinds of mistakes can happen but if you want to win you can’t make these mistakes.”

Nadal mounted one last attempt to rescue himself from the rarest sort of loss for him, breaking Djokovic in the first game of the fourth set and grabbing a 2-0 lead. He pumped his fists at the crowd, urging them to give him some intangible edge. Instead, Djokovic played his most dominant tennis of the night, winning the final six games.

When Nadal’s last backhand sailed wide, Djokovic looked to the sky, bent over and grabbed a bit of red clay and rubbed it on his shirt.

Nadal has made very few mistakes like that missed volley over the years at Roland-Garros. Djokovic said the pressure of playing Nadal on what he described as “his court” is unlike anything he has ever felt. “Each time you step on the court with him you know you have to basically climb Mount Everest to win against him,” said Djokovic, who was 1-7 against Nadal at the French Open before Friday night.

That pressure though is the sort of sensation that keeps both him and Nadal pushing each other on the court in their mid-30s, an age when tennis greats of a previous era have called it a career.

“It was one of those matches, that we really play tennis for,” he said. “It inspires us.”

MTC Night Competitions Term 3

Entries for Term 3 Close July 5.

Entries are now open online for Term 3 comps.

Entries close Monday July 5 for both competitions.

Tuesday comp starts July 13 and Wednesday comp starts July 14.

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

Sign up on the web below.

Scott Blackburn
MTC Tennis Director & Head Pro

MTC Night Competition Entry

Entries are now open for Term 3 Night Competitions. Entries close July 5.
  • Which night do you wish to play? Please note separate entries are required to play in both Tuesday and Wednesday night competitions.
  • Once you submit your entry, MTC will contact you to process your entry.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

MTC Midweek Ladies Competitions Term 3

Entries for Term 3 Close July 5.

Enrolments are now open online for Term 3 comps.

Entries close Monday July 5 for both competitions.

Tuesday comp starts July 13 and Friday comp starts July 16.

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

Sign up on the web below.

Scott Blackburn
MTC Tennis Director & Head Pro

MTC Ladies Competition Entry

Entries for Term 3 Ladies Tuesday and Friday Competitions are now open. Entries close July 5.
  • Which day do you wish to play? Please note separate entries are required to play in both Tuesday and Friday competitions.
  • First partner
  • Second partner 3-person team
  • Once you submit your entry, MTC will contact you to process your entry.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Badge Results Round-7

At the conclusion of Round 7 Of Sydney Badge we have 5 Mens’ Teams and 2 Ladies teams in the top 4 positions. We have reached the halfway mark and this weekend will be an ideal time to reflect on our first round efforts with a team barbecue and drinks to celebrate the official launch of our new bar.

Best wishes to two of our senior members in Owen Kennedy and Paul Wigney who we all wish could be with us this Saturday to share a drink and reflect on their glory days at the club. Also, to Kevin our barman for many years who may also be on hand on Saturday.

Round 7 Results

Thursday Ladies

Manly Blue Washout v Roseville White   3rd Position

Manly White v Roseville Red Draw 2 sets all then rain. 6th Position

Jane/Narelle 2 sets

Junior Girls  Won 5-0 3rd Position

Ruby and Maria won 2 singles each plus their doubles.

Saturday Ladies 1 Won 7-1 away at Wests Ashfield  7th Position

Nicola/Lisa Townsend 4 sets Lisa Green/Caroline 3 sets

Ladies 2 Draw 4-3 at home v Easts 4th Position

Sarah/Krista continued their good form to win 4 sets Carolina/Kristina 1 unfinished set

Ladies 3 draw 2-4 at home v Collaroy 6th position

Michelle/Melinda 1 set and 1 unfinished Narelle/Sally 1 set 1 unfinished

Mens 1 Won 5-3 away at Neutral Bay 4th Position

Cameron/Andrew 4 sets Todd/Warren Green 1 set

Mens 2 Lost 7-1 at home v Killara 4th Position

Wilko/Howard 1 set Craig/Milton 0 sets but 20 aces for Milton.

Mens 3 Won 5-3 away at Marrickville 6th Position

Sean/Vincent won 4 sets again to continue their 100% record Jarryd/Sam Deuble 1 set

Mens 4 Won 4-4 on games v Strathfield at home 2nd Position

Jon/Roberto 2 sets Fernando/Geoff 2 sets

Mens 5 Won 6-2 away v Marrickville 2nd Position

Bhanu/Jarryd 3 sets Gavin/Michael 3 sets

Mens 6 Lost 6-2 v Meadowbank at Wakehurst 5th Position

Hugo/Denis 2 sets

Mens 7 Won 8-0 away at Hunters Hill 3rd Position

Peter/Ben won 4 sets to keep up their perfect record Tom/Mark 4 sets

Mens 8 Lost 4 sets all on games v Wests at Wakehurst 7th Position

Stu/Christo 3 sets Lachlan/Hamish 1 set

Mens 9 Lost 8-0 at home v Roseville 6th Position

ATP: Nadal Lesson-Two Eyes on the Ball

Nadal’s lesson of the day from the French Open.

Everyone has a Dominant Eye leading to shot preference and, typically a forehand, since most of us are cross dominated.

To minimize effect of eye dominance, aim to get both eyes on the ball as much as possible, aka Nadal.

The Tennis Whisperer


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Badge Results Round-6

Round 6 of Sydney Badge was completed last weekend with three teams winning and several close results.

Our Manly Blue Thursday Ladies Badge Team also had a close win against the second team to now be in third position.

This Saturday Our Mens and Ladies Second Teams play the top teams so we need some home support to cheer them on.

Results from Round 6

Thursday Badge

Manly Blue Won 4 all on games v Roseville Red  away

Pam/Suellen 3 sets Johanna/Sally 1 set

This was a great win against a good team.

Manly White Lost 5-3 v Roseville White at home

Melinda/Jane 3 sets

Saturday Ladies 1 Lost 5-3 v Kooroora at home

Lisa Townsend/Nicola 2 sets Lisa Green/Caroline 1 set

Ladies 2 Lost 7-1 away at Kooroora

Sarah/Kristina 1 set Now in 4th position

Ladies 3 Drew 4-2 away at Chatswood.

When time was up Jane/Suellen were 2 sets winners plus 1  unfinished Melinda/Sue 1 unfinished

Mens 1 Lost 4 all on games v Sydney Uni at home.

Andrew/Bosko won all 4 sets Now in 5th position

Mens 2 Lost 4 all by 1 game v Sydney Uni away

Steve Nettleton/Rob 3 sets Milton/Craig 1 set  Now in 3rd position

Mens 3 Won 6-2 v Strathfield at home

A good win against the top team

Vincent/Sean 4 sets Jarryd/Justin 2 sets Now in 6th position

Manly 4 Drew 3 sets all v Marrickville away

The first 5 sets were all tiebreakers so time ran out as no lights on grass

Richard/Marcus 2 sets and 1 unfinished Geoff/Fernando 1 set with 1 unfinished Now in 2nd position

Manly 5 Won 8-0 v Hunters Hill at home

Bhanu/Jarryd 4 sets Alec/Alan 4 sets. A great win to be now in 3rd position.

Manly 6 Lost 7-1 away at Mosman

Denis/Chris 1 set Now in 5th position

Manly 7 Lost 7-1 v Marrickville at Wakehurst

Daniel/Peter 1 set Now 6th only 2 points from 4th position

Manly 8 Lost 7-1 away at Marrickville

Lachlan/Hamish won 1 set from Albo who plays here when no parliament or Rabbitohs matches on.

Manly 9 Won 4 all on games v Cheltenham at home

The first win of the season. RayDummett/Ian 2 sets Gordon/Mark 2 sets.

Now more wins will be forthcoming.

Saturday Juniors lost 4-1 to now be 4th

Maria was away and Ruby won her no. 1 singles but were unsuccessful in the other sets.

Denis Crowley

Leunig-Origin of Tennis