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.

Badge Results – Round 14

Semi Finals Week

The semifinals are here and 6 teams are playing next weekend — an excellent club result and the envy of most clubs–well done Manly!! .The 4 teams to miss out all played well during the season but had injuries and players on holidays to interrupt their matches.

Men’s Team 1 finished 15 points ahead in first position and play at home at 250pm next Saturday.  Ladies Team 1 finished 2nd and play at home at noon next Saturday.  Men’s Team 2 play at 250pm at Castle Hill next Saturday as they finished 4th.  Our Men’s Teams 4, 6 and 8 all play at Strathfield next Saturday.

Strathfield has been a graveyard for visiting teams this year!  Consequently, we have decided to organise a team bus for players and supporters to travel to Strathfield to cheer on our teams. Peter Roberts will be the driver if we get enough support. Ray Dummett and myself will be sitting together  (sweet couple) so please email me if you wish to come along so we can book the bus.We will leave the club at 1015am.  All those not on the bus are encouraged to cheer on our other 3 teams at Manly and Castle Hill.

Good luck to all our Teams.

Last week’s results.

Ladies 1 Won 5-3.  Finished the season on a high note to take 2nd position.  Sophie and Jane won 3 sets. Julia and Janelle won 2 sets.

Ladies 2 Lost 5-3.   This team has finished the season strongly with some brave efforts. Congrats  ladies.  Sarah and Emily won 2 sets and Kirsten and Dani won 1 set.

Men’s 1 Won 7-1.  Sean and Harry led the way with 4 sets and Todd and Jono won 3 sets.  Keep firing in the finals, guys.

Men’s 2  Draw 4-3
Dan and Mike hit top form to win 3 sets and lead their team into 4th place — by 0.5 points. Dunno Nadal and Corney came from behind to win the tie breaker after the opponents served for the match and a place in the semi finals — funny game this tennis!

Men’s 3  Lost 3-5.  With injuries and work commitments Mat again filled in to partner Roberto jnr and win 1 set.  Paul and Murillo won 2 sets.With all players fit and available  this team would have finished with a lot more points.Thanks guys.

Men’s 4 Lost 5-3.  Paul and Ben won 2 sets Sean and Tim 1 set.  A great effort to finish 3rd after not having a full team at the start of badge.  Two more wins will finish off a great year.

Team 5 Lost 7-1.  With nobody wanting to drive to Strathfield, Captain Scott led the expedition on a cold and windy day. Along the way I am sure I saw a few penguins and when we arrived at Strathfield it felt like Antartica. However when we looked around the club I saw a lot of Koreans and when we played tennis finally we were blasted off the court. But there were no nuclear weapons only young guys with big serves and forehands. Our up and down season was over as we slipped to 5th place.

Team 6 v Team 7 Won 7-1.  With a finish like Winx, Colin’s Team has pushed Dessies’ team out of 4th position by half a point.  Trev and Colin won 4 sets and Stu and Peter won 3.  Unfortunately  Dessie, Erhard, Tony and “Flukett” Ray were all unavailable so Ian Bate played with Turbo Tommy to take 1 set. Colin’s team goes on to race for bigger stakes and Dessies’ team are off to the spelling paddock.  Colin’s Team is in the straight nearing the finishing line with victory in sight.  Both teams have done well this year and should be proud of their efforts.

Team 8 Lost 2-6.  Ron and son David continued their good form to win 2 sets against a team of young guys just out of school. Ian will return next week in good form to hopefully lead this team to the finals.

Denis Crowley.

Final Results 14 Aug-19
Ladies Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Won 5-3 2
Manly 2 1.1 Lost 3-5 8
Men’s Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Won 7-1 1
Manly 2 1.3 Draw 4-3 4
Manly 3 1.5 Lost 3-5 8
Manly 4 2.2 Lost 3-5 3
Manly 5 2.3 Lost 1-7 5
Manly 6 2.5 Won 7-1 4
Manly 7 2.5 Lost 1-7 5
Manly 8 3.1 Lost 2-6 3

Thanks very much to our VP, Ron Jeffs for compiling our Badge results during the season!

Annual Club Championships

October 14/15  21/22

The championships will again be conducted over four weekends in two sessions in October 2017 and February 2018 to provide competitive tennis for all members regardless of age or standard.   Details of the February Combined Championships will be announced later.

Club Championships October
Knock Out Format

  1. Open Men’s Singles
  2. Open Men’s Doubles
  3. Open Women’s Singles
  4. Open Women’s Doubles
  5. Open Mixed Doubles
Round Robin Format
6. A-Grade Men’s Singles
7. A-Grade Women’s Singles
8. Men’s Senior 60 Singles
9. Super Seniors Men’s Singles

CHAMPIONSHIP RULES AND CONDITIONS

  1. All entrants MUST be financial members of the Manly Lawn Tennis Club and MUST be available to play on the published days.  Saturday matches may be scheduled to start from 11:30a to 5:30p, Sunday matches from 8:00a to 4:00p.
  2. A-Grade events are open to players not seeded in any Open event.  Age events are open to all club members. Super Senior events are open to ages 65+.  All knock out events will be seeded. Events with insufficient entries may be converted to a round robin format.
  3. Players may play up to 3 events in any session and must be prepared to play multiple rounds on any day.
  4. Match times will be drawn by the Championship Committee and the weekly draw published on the web by Wednesday afternoon for the following weekend play.
  5. Scoring format:
    1. Open events: rounds 2 tie breaker sets/1 super (10 point) tie breaker. Semi finals onwards 3 tie breaker sets.
    2. Round robin format: 8 game sets with no ad scoring. Gender to gender serving on no ad points in doubles if required.
    3. In the event of inclement weather, the Committee may reduce the length of matches and/or change the scoring format.

An electronic entry form will be available shortly when the new web site is launched.
Entries will close on October 1.

Any questions re Club Champs, email Rob.

Fit For Life: Charles Rochester

Former MLTC member Charles Rochester, at 87 years young, is certainly a Manly identity. His wide smile and amiable presence on the streets and beaches of Manly have made him well known to locals and visitors alike. And now, having completed his 47th finish in the 2017 Sydney-to-Surf run on a sparkling winter Sunday morning, he is renowned state-wide, as this year’s oldest finisher.

“I just love it!” he says, and it is this love of life, sport and people which keeps him moving – and laughing – well on his way to his ninth decade.

After running (with perhaps a little walking) Heartbreak Hill 47 times, is Charles ready to put away his sneakers? After all, he ran his first in 1971, and hasn’t stopped running since. “Well…perhaps I might try for 50, then I’ll see,” he says with his trademark cheeky grin. A happy man? Definitely. He’s fit for life.

Please contact me as/when you have other newsworthy issues for our members.

Pam Muir
Editor The Goss

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 www.92computing.com.au 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.

Badge Results – Round 13

Some very close matches last Saturday and with one round remaining semi final spots are on the line for several of our teams.It is important to come first or second otherwise you have an away semifinal. Hopefully everyone  makes themselves available this weekend.

Ladies 1 Won 4-4 on games.  With Nicky and Lisa away in Mexico it was up to Janelle and Yvonne to win 3 sets and lead the team to a narrow victory.A win is vital next match to seal 2nd place.

Ladies 2 Lost 2-6.  Emily and Sarah continued  their good form by winning two sets against World Seniors Champion Carol Campling and partner.

Mens 1 Lost 3-5.  With Sam sleep deprived and Harry carrying an injury it was a courageous  effort. First place is almost certainly assured now.Hopefully a full team is available  for the finals.

Mens 2 Won 6-2.  Harald filled in and won 3 sets and Mike and Dan won 3 also.  Next week a win is vital to claim a semifinal position.

Mens 3  Lost 2-6.  Roberto and son won 2 sets.

Mens4 Lost 3-5.  New member Tom Donald played his first badge match and won 2 sets with Captain Paul away at Beecroft which is a tough assignment  and then backed up next day and ran the city to surf. Oh to be young again! Next week a win is needed to claim 2nd position otherwise finishing 3rd would mean an away match at Strathfield. (Not good)

Mens 5 Won 4-3.  A vital win to stay in 3rd position  and next week we can finish up to 2nd or drop to 5th so the points are close.  Denis and Chris won 3 sets and Scott and Graham won 1 set and lost a tiebreaker and were unfinished  in the last set.  The Neutral Bay Captain was disputing our line calls and so with a ball close to the sideline in the tiebreaker I had to call it Manly’s way.He was not happy and then missed an easy smash to gift us the set. I was not popular with him and when time ran out at 535pm  he wanted to finish the set as he was leading 5-3. Scott and Graham with my urging settled for half a point. So I was not popular again. However we got 6.5 points and his team got 3.5.  THE LION DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH THE OPINIONS OF THE SHEEP.

Mens 6 Won 7-1.  A great win away to set up a showdown  next week for 4th position.  Trev and Stuart won 4 sets and Hamish and Carl 3 sets.Trevor is having a great season and winning with different partners each week.

Mens 7 Won 4-4 on games.  This was another great win against the top team.  Erhard and James won 4 sets and Tommy Turbo and Skier Gary got plenty of games in their 4 sets to ensure victory.This means the two Manly Teams play next week  for 4th position.   Manly 6 need a big win to take 4th spot so good luck to both teams.

Manly 8 Bye.  A tough match at home next Saturday  against  the top team will get this team ready for the finals.

With Manly Rugby First Grade not at home anymore this season hopefully everyone will cheer on our teams to victory in the  Badge Finals.
Denis Crowley.

Badge Results 13 Aug-12
Ladies Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Won 4-4 2
Manly 2 1.1 Lost 2-6 8
Mens Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Lost 3-5 1
Manly 2 1.3 Won 6-2 4
Manly 3 1.5 Lost 2-6 8
Manly 4 2.2 Lost 3-5 3
Manly 5 2.3 Won 4-3 3
Manly 6 2.5 Won 7-1 5
Manly 7 2.5 Won 4-4 4
Manly 8 3.1 Bye 2

Thanks very much to our VP, Ron Jeffs for compiling our Badge results!

Badge Results – Round 12

A mixed result with several losses putting semifinal places in jeopardy for a few of our teams. With only two matches remaining strong pairings are required to guarantee semifinal places for those teams.

Ladies 1 v Ladies 2    A win by 6-2 to our top team.  Jane and Ali won 3 sets and Julia and Yvonne won 3 sets.This was a more competitive match than the first round and shows our second ladies team are improving each week.  Sarah and Emily won two sets.  Ladies Team 1 are fighting for second place on the ladder to get a home semi. Good luck ladies for the next two matches.

Mens Team 1 Won 5-3   Another win to almost guarantee first place on the table.  Todd and Sam combined well to win 3 sets and Andrew and Harry who was carrying an injury won 2 sets.

Mens Team 2 Lost 5-3   With this loss we have dropped to fifth place.Milton made a welcome return and played strongly with Postman Geoff to win 3 sets. With two strong results in the next two weeks we will be back in the top 4 where this team deserves to be.

Mens Team 3 Lost 5-3  After a slow start and losing the first 4 sets there was a turnaround and we won 3 sets in the reverse doubles.Paul and Harald won 2 sets and Murillo and Stuart won 1 set.

Mens Team 4 Won 5-3  Another strong win to stay in 2nd position.  Ever reliable Jonno and Paul R won 3 sets again.Ben and Tim won 2 sets.

Mens Team 5 Won 6-2  Finally another win after several losses lately to go back to 3rd position. Scott and Graham were the star pairing winning 4 sets.

Mens Team 6 Lost 7-1  A much closer match than it appears.We lost 4 tiebreaker sets.Now in 5th position  it will be tough to make the semis but there is still hope with two strong wins.

Mens Team 7 Washout.  With 5 points from a washout a semi final spot is looking good.With 2 wins maybe 2nd position is possible.Good luck this weekend  fellas.

Mens Team 8 Won 8-0 on forfeit.  Ten points helps to maintain second on the table.A semi final spot is certain now.

Good luck to all teams this weekend and keep playing your best pairings whenever possible.

Badge Results

12

Aug-05

Ladies Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Won 6-2 2
Manly 2 1.1 Lost 2-6 8
Mens Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Won 5-3 1
Manly 2 1.3 Lost 3-5 5
Manly 3 1.5 Lost 3-5 8
Manly 4 2.2 Won 5-3 2
Manly 5 2.3 Won 6-2 3
Manly 6 2.5 Lost 1-7 5
Manly 7 2.5 Draw W/out 4
Manly 8 3.1 Won 8-0 2

Thanks very much to our VP, Ron Jeffs for compiling our Badge results!

Denis Crowley
Acting Club Captain

Seaside Entry Dates Published

This year’s AMT Men’s Singles it will be the following format:

  • Pre Qualification [32 Draw] Dec 26
  • Qualification [64 Draw] Dec 27-28
  • Main Draw [16 Draw] Dec 29-31

Online entry dates are as follows:

  • Entry open:Sunday, 15 October 2017 12:00 AM (GMT +11:00)
  • Entry deadline:Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:59 PM (GMT +11:00)
  • Withdrawal deadline:Saturday, 16 December 2017 11:59 PM (GMT +11:00)

Membership Renewals

Invoices for new season membership commencing 1 September will be invoiced to all current members by the end of the month. Please advise if you do not wish to renew membership.

Full membership will move to $430, Under 30 to $270, Mid week $270, student/junior $160 and overseas player to $200. Social membership will remain at $30.

Jon Corney
Treasurer
Manly Lawn Tennis Club
[email protected]

How to Play the Lobber

Denis & Chris successfully used a ‘lobbing strategy’ to win their last match.  This begs an answer to the question how should you play against a doubles pair who continuously lob you if you’re on the receiving end of the lobbers??

So why do lobbers win?  Apart from exhausting your patience (“This IS NOT tennis is often the catch cry”) , lobbers win by exploiting two key weaknesses common in most players: 1) Footwork and 2) Lack of Anticipation.

Re footwork, the average player tries to move backwards heels first, loses their balance and often stumbles to try to get into position. The result a muffed shot at best!

Of the five different types of moving on a tennis courts, moving backwards is by far the hardest for both sexes. I’ll get to the 3 typical choices momentarily, but the common denominator is to to position your dominant foot behind you by turning sideways. This allows you to shuffle backwards like a crab, or cross over your steps for better balance, or combine the shuffle/cross over step depending on whether you’re running down the lob or hitting a smash.

Of course all of this is pretty pointless if you’re caught unaware by the lob and lack anticipation!

Here’s how to help you anticipate a lob.  Firstly, consider the PATTERN of play. As Denis alluded to above, he invoked the strategy from the outset, or if you serve down the middle on Dunno’s backhand expect a lob back. Then consider the opponent’s POSITION on the court: if they are in a defensive position–you’re attacking the net or they’re off the court, expect a lob! Allied to this is POISE, if the guy is off balance or stretching for a ball, expect a lob so they can buy some time to get back into the game.. And lastly, study their racket PREPARATION–if you can see that far and/or still have presence of mind–an open racket face indicates a lofted ball, a closed racket face indicates a drive.

If you can consistently recognize 2 or 3 of these P factors, you’ll be well prepared for a lob.  Now what you do with the next shot, we’ll perhaps that’s another column in the future. Suffice to say, one key is NOT to hit the ball short to the opposition so that can have lunch.

Tennis is a great game with many different styles of play. Face facts. lobbing is one of them — and it works because it exploits common weaknesses.  Hopefully, this little missive will help you understand how to play against the lobber but more importantly, why you might want to incorporate in your own game. It might be ugly but it wins at all levels of tennis — just ask Denis and Dunno!!.

Rob Muir USPTA