GRACIOUS, BRILLIANT, INEVITABLE: WHY NADAL IS THE SPORT’S GOAT

When Rafael Nadal first burst onto the scene by winning the French Open in 2005, the consensus was he was another in the long line of great claycourt players, men who could dominate on the red surface of Roland Garros but were often vulnerable on faster surfaces.

Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander, truly great clay (and hardcourt) players, never won Wimbledon. On the flip side, Hall of Fame players like Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg could never quite figure out the red clay.

Bjorn Borg, who won in Paris six times, also won Wimbledon five times – but never the US or Australian Open. Rod Laver won on grass and clay and no doubt would have on hard courts had majors been played on them during his career. Laver could have won playing on an iceskating rink – or any other surface. Sampras won 14 major titles but never got to the final in Paris. Before Sampras came along, Roy Emerson held the record for men’s Grand Slam singles titles at 12.

On Sunday, Nadal won one for the 14th time in Paris. His record in French Open finals is now 14-0 after his crushing 6-3 , 6-3 , 6-0 victory over Casper Ruud. Ruud, who is 23, actually led 3-1 in the second set before Nadal simply took his game to another level, winning the final 11 games of the match. The Norwegian didn’t play poorly the first two sets, but he had no chance.

Nadal winning in Paris on the tournament’s final Sunday is as absolute as summer rain in London. It is inevitable. This time around, Nadal’s toughest match came in the quarterfinals , where he won a four-hourplus classic over fellow all-time great Novak Djokovic. That match clearly should have been played in the final , but that’s not alway how it turns out. And so Nadal, who has missed time with injuries this year, was the No.5 seed, because God forbid anyone should fail to follow the rankings.

Seeding Nadal fifth is roughly the same as telling Tiger Woods to go play the AAA Korn Ferry Tour after he won his first Masters by 12 shots. Nadal, in any case, long ago proved he was far more than a claycourt specialist. His victory was his 22nd Grand Slam title, putting him two in front of Djokovic and Roger Federer.

If you held a final vote for greatest player of all time today, Nadal, who turned 36 on Friday, would have to be No. 1. Statistics are overused, but a handful of Nadal’s numbers go beyond breathtaking. He is 112-3 at Roland Garros (what?) , but he has won eight majors off the red clay: two Australian Opens; two Wimbledons and four US Opens.

That’s as many majors as icons Connors, Andre Agassi and Lendl each won total, and one more than McEnroe. What’s most fascinating about all this is that last year the title of greatest player ever had been more or less ceded to Djokovic. He had beaten Nadal on his way to winning in Paris in June and had gone on to win at Wimbledon in July, putting him in a three-way tie with Nadal and Federer with 20 major victories.

Federer turned 40 in August and had lost in the Wimbledon quarters to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets, including 6-0 in the third. He then announced he needed knee surgery, again, and hoped to play again in 2022. He still hasn’t played and, as McEnroe noted on Sunday, there’s a good chance we will never see him again in a major championship.

After his semi-final loss to Djokovic at Roland Garros, Nadal had pulled out of Wimbledon and the US Open with recurring foot issues . Many wondered if his career might also be over. Thus, Djokovic’s path to a 21st major victory and the record in major wins appeared clear. He was 34, healthy and going for a calendar Grand Slam in New York. His two great rivals were older and injured. But then Daniil Medvedev whipped him in the US Open final and his refusal to be vaccinated in the midst of the pandemic got him deported from Australia before the Australian Open. Nadal then came from two sets down in the Australian final against Medvedev and became the first man to get to 21 major wins.

Sunday, he got to 22 and, apparently , at 36, is still counting. He’s now halfway to a calendar Grand Slam, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished on the men’s side since Laver did it in 1969 at a time when three of the four majors were still played on grass.

Djokovic, who has won at Wimbledon six times, will no doubt be poised to take him down there. And, although Nadal won one of the two greatest matches of all time (along with McEnroe-Borg in 1980) in the 2008 final at the All England Club, grass is still his toughest surface because he can’t wear people down the way he does in Paris, and to a lesser extent in New York and Melbourne , over shorter rallies and shorter matches. That is a discussion for another day.

Sunday was a day to revel in Nadal’s extraordinary career, his ability to come back time and again, whether from injury or from a point in which his opponent appeared to be in control. That’s the greatness of Nadal: You can get him down, but it is almost impossible to get him out. Nadal has now heard his anthem played on a French Open Sunday 14 times. The emotion on his face made it clear that he still revels in every victory. As we all should.
The Washington Post

Fantastic 14! Nadal Defeats Ruud For Another Roland Garros Title

Rafael Nadal captured his 14th Roland Garros title and a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam trophy Sunday, dispatching Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to write another chapter into his historic legacy.

By earning a 22nd Grand Slam crown, the Spaniard has moved further clear of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the Grand Slam race, with the Serbian and Swiss tied on 20 major titles.

It is the first time Nadal has won the Australian Open and Roland Garros trophies in the same season and he is now level with countryman Carlos Alcaraz on a Tour-leading four titles in 2022 after improving to 112-3 at the clay-court major.

“For me personally, it is very difficult to describe the feelings that I have. It is something that I have never believed. To be here at 36, being competitive again on the most important court of my career,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “One more title means a lot. It means a lot of energy to try and keep going…I don’t know what can happen in the future but I am going to keep fighting to try and keep going.”

Most Grand Slam Men’s Singles Titles (all-time)

Player  Grand Slam Titles
Rafael Nadal 22
Novak Djokovic 20
Roger Federer 20
Pete Sampras 14
Roy Emerson 12

Nadal’s achievement in Paris is even more remarkable considering that he struggled with a chronic foot injury in defeat to Denis Shapovalov in Rome little more than three weeks ago.

However, he showcased his trademark fighting qualities throughout the fortnight in Paris to ensure he would maintain his stranglehold on the Coupe des Mousquetaires, improving to a remarkable 14-0 in Roland Garros finals.

”Team, family, everyone who is there. It is amazing the things that are happening this year,” Nadal said. “I just thank you very, very much for all the things you are doing for me and over the years. Without you none of this would be possible, without any doubt. Especially in the very tough moments we went through with injuries.

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/nadal-ruud-roland-garros-2022-final-sunday

MLTC Newsletter – 31st May

Four Mens Teams had big wins last Saturday with 3 teams now coming 2nd on the ladder.

Our Mens 1 Team now sit 2nd and next Saturday will play Hills District at home at 250pm.

This team comprises Neil Smith and his 3 sons who are Seaside Doubles winners. So a great match deserves a big crowd so get to MLTC next Saturday.

Round 5 Results

Mens 1 won 6-2 at home v Voyager

Cam /Ben paired up to win 4 sets easily.Todd/Sean won 2 sets to complete the win.

Todd has now won 2sets from 8 to have a higher win percentage than The Canterbury Bulldogs( 2 wins from 12) but way below The Penrith Panthers 11 from 12.

Mens 2 Lost 5-3 v Kooroora Gold away

Craig/Jon Corney 3 sets

Mens 3 Won 6-2 v Mortdale away

Craig/Jarryd won 4 sets again Dan/Sam 2 sets

Mens 4 Won 6-1 at home v Neutral Bay

Matthew/Shishir won 3 sets with an unfinished set Gavin/Bede 3 sets

A big win against the top team to now sit a close 2nd on the ladder

Mens 5 Won 7-1 at home v Beecroft

Denis/Chris 4 sets Richard/Hugo 3 sets

Another big win to now be 2nd.

Mens 6 Lost 6-2 v Killara at home

Daniel/Dave 2 sets

Ladies 1 Lost 7-1 v Longueville away

Nicola/Claudia 1 set Lisa was injured and had to forfeit2 sets with Caroline

Ladies 2 Lost 7-1 at home v Longueville

Sarah/ Krista 1 set

Ladies 3 washout at Beecroft

Thursday Ladies  Lost 6-2 v Cooper Park

Johanna/Sally 1 set Lindy/Suellen 1 set

Suellen played 4 sets with an injury to help the team out. Well done Suellen.

SATURDAY NOON LADIES 3 V ROSEVILLE

4 COURTS FOR SOCIAL FROM 11.30 AM TO 2.30PM  JUNE 4

2.50PM MENS 1 V HILLS DISTRICT

2.50PM LADIES 1 V WESTERN SUBURBS

2.50PM MENS 6 V NEUTRAL BAY

Come on down and watch our top Ladies and Mens Teams this Saturday

Denis Crowley

Virginia

MLTC Secretary

www.manlylawn.com.au

Tennis has an anger-management problem, and it’s getting worse | Washington Post

PARIS — On an obscure court at Roland Garros, in a women’s singles match that drew scant attention, 63rd-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu thrust herself into the global spotlight as the latest example of the ugly, potentially injurious on-court outbursts plaguing pro tennis in recent months.

Irked over losing her serve in a pivotal moment, Begu, 31, tossed her racket on the French Open’s red clay, and it ricocheted into the stands and toward a small child, who burst into tears. The chair umpire summoned the supervisor to adjudicate, but Begu was allowed to play on, later cited for unsportsmanlike conduct, despite the fact that her racket “brushed” the child, according to a statement from the tournament director.

Just two days earlier, Andrey Rublev, the French Open’s seventh seed, also got a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct after he smashed a ball in a rage that almost hit a groundsperson.

……

Most pros at the top of the sport, however, come to realize that controlling their anger is ultimately in their interest.

For Rafael Nadal, a five-time recipient of the ATP’s sportsmanship award, behaving on court is something he learned as a child.

“My uncle, my family, never allowed me to break a racket, never allowed me to say bad words or give up a match,” Nadal once explained. “

Probably when I was a kid, they didn’t care much about winning or losing. Of course, all the parents and family, my uncle [who was also his coach] wanted me to win every single match. But probably that was not the most important thing.

The most important thing was the education and the fact that I grow with the values, with the right values.”

For second-ranked Daniil Medvedev, who is still haunted by an epic meltdown he had as a 14-year-old junior, it has been a process.

“At one moment, I understood that it can negatively affect your tennis,” Medvedev said. “But I definitely didn’t understand it [at 14]. It was much later. …

I’m still learning because I have some tantrums, if it’s the right word, sometimes on the court. Usually I’m not happy about it.

The most important is either to know how to react or, better, how not to do them and just stay focused on the match.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/05/26/tennis-angry-outbursts-french-open/

MLTC Newsletter – 24th May

Online Court Bookings – Survey Results

Thanks so much to everyone who completed the survey about online court bookings for members. The response was overwhelmingly positive with 96% of people finding it easy to use and wanting it to continue. We will therefore continue with the online court bookings moving forward.  Thanks also to those who made additional comments/suggestions. These will be taken to the committee to discuss.

Suggestions from members are welcome at any time and can be emailed to Virginia at [email protected].

Club Captain’s Report

Rain again interrupted away matches last Saturday but two big wins at home highlighted our home matches

Round 4 Results

Mens 1 Washout away at Hunters Hill.

Mens 2 Won 7-1 at home v Strathfield.

Howard  teamed up with Wilko to win 4 sets . Whilst Milton answered the call up to partner Jon Corney to win 3 sets.

Mens 3 Won 8-0 at home v Eastern Suburbs

Two new pairings produced a big win. Craig and Jarryd Stevens paired up for the first time this year as did Vincent and Dan to both win 4 sets easily.

Mens 4 Washout away v Neutral Bay

Mens 5 Drawn 1-3 v Sydney Uni away.

The rain came after 4 sets to wash out play.Graham/Denis 1 set.

Mens 6 Lost 5-3 v Strathfield away.

Brett played his first Badge match for Manly and together with Christo won 3 sets.

Ladies 1 Drew 3-4 v Sydney Uni at home. Bryanne / Nicola won 3 sets

Ladies 2 Won 6-2 away at Sydney Uni

A great win against the top team.Sarah/Krista won 4 sets Virginia/Kirsten won 2 sets.

Ladies 3 Lost 5-3 v Collaroy at home. Kate/Noriko 2 sets Pam/Erryn 1 set

Thursday Ladies Lost 7-1 v Roseville away. Johanna/Sally 1 set

SATURDAY MAY 28

NOON

Mens 4 and Mens 5

2.50pm

MENS 1  MENS 6 LADIES 2

TWO SOCIAL COURTS FROM 1130AM TO 230PM

Message for Badge Players

Dear Badge Delegates,

I hope this email finds you all well!  Just a friendly reminder for yourself, badge captain and players to log into Match Center and link / activate their player profile . Players will not be able to see any of their results, and results will not go through to UTR correctly if players do not have their accounts linked.

It is as simple as logging into Match Centre and linking accounts – https://matchcentre.tennis.com.au/

For additional information: https://www.tennisworld.net.au/join-a-social-competition/match-centre-how-to-link-multiple-accounts-2/

Virginia

MLTC Secretary

www.manlylawn.com.au

MLTC Newsletter – 17th May

Club Captain’s Report

Two 8-0 wins and several close matches was the highlight of round 3 of Sydney Badge.

Mens 1  won 8-0 v Kooroora

Two new combinations this match as Cameron gave Bosko the flick to team up with Captain Sean and it proved a great move as they won their 4 sets easily. Bosko then partnered new Member Ben O Connell to win their 4 sets easily also. We are lucky to have such a strong player in the shape of Ben who has joined our club. A good season now looks assured for this team.

Mens 2 Lost 8-0 away to Tennis Valley. A tough loss to a good team.

Mens 3 Lost 7-1 away at Heffron Park.

Another tough loss against a very good team. Justin/ Jarryd won 1 set

Mens 4 Drew 4-3 v Sydney Uni at home

Time ran out with a win 1 game away. Shishir/Matthew continued their good form to win 3 sets and 1 unfinished. Bede/Rob 1 set.

Mens 5 v Killara at home Won 8-0

An easy win against a United Nations Team from Killara.With players from Australia Italy China and Korea(South Korea he said but with a name like Kim I am unsure) Killara played like it was their first match together. Graham/Chris  Hugo/ Denis both won 4 sets easily.

Mens 6 Lost 5-3 v Strathfield at home. A close loss with Stu/Dave winning 2 sets and improving each week.Daniel/Peter 1 set

Ladies1 Lost 4-3 away at Kooroora

A close loss with Janelle/Claudia taking 2 sets and Nicola/Caroline 1 set and 1 set unfinished.

Ladies 2  Lost 7-1 at home to Eastern Suburbs

Sarah/Christine won the last set in a strong comeback.

Ladies 3  Won 4-4 on games

Noriko/Kate 2 sets Pam/Erryn 2 sets. Another win to remain undefeated.

Thursday Ladies had a bye.

SATURDAY MAY 21 4 COURTS FOR SOCIAL FROM 11.30AM TO 2.30PM

Ladies 3 Play at Noon

2.50Pm Ladies 1 Play on Courts 1 and 2

2.50PM Mens 2 and Mens 3 play.

Come along to support our Two Ladies Teams who are both in the top 4

Our Mens 2 and 3 Teams will be looking for home wins to start their winning runs.

Denis Crowley.

Long term member Owen is unwell at present so we wish him a speedy recovery.

Best wishes,

Virginia

MLTC Secretary

www.manlylawn.com.au

ATP: May 14 Badge Lessons:

More valuable ‘how 2 play’ lessons from yesterday’s match and a repeat of some from the previous match.

In a repeating pattern, both our pairs started well (after good prematch warmup) and won the first sets easily.  Again, Mike/Sam continued on and completed both sets successfully against the better pair. Meanwhile on court 2, the opposition, while clearly outgunned by Bobby/Fred regrouped and changed the game.  They continued this pattern against Mike/Sam.

In brief, they changed the rhythm of the game by:

1. taking much more time between points and particularly on change of ends.

2. Hitting slower, short balls particularly on serve forcing us to generate our own pace.

Combining 1/2 gives ‘too much time to think’, causes players to doubt their ability and leads to playing ‘not to lose’. Or stated more simply, playing the opponents game. 

Re 1. Our team collectively plays ‘fast’ compared to most players.  The team has learned the lesson of taking time in preparing to serve on big points and now has to learn how to manage the same on the return game … need to reinforce the use of breathing and ritual to get set between ‘points’ regardless of other player’s game rhythm.

Re 2.  Reinforces both the need to better understand the ‘ghost line’ strategy and be confident in execution.

It’s takes several weeks of practice to learn how to execute on our coaching court and then confidently apply to a match.  This is why I stress focusing on point by point — rather than games or winning/losing.  Yep everyone learns by making mistakes.

It’s tough to learn how to execute under match pressure even so that’s why we are playing badge. Our focus is on learning point-by-point rather than simply winning or losing. As I often say, most times you learn, a few times you win.  It’s a journey not a race.

Learning how to hit the ball is the easy part of tennis. Learning how to play, well that is the difficult part for most players.

School’s in again Sunday at 1230p.

 

Joker joins 1000 club

Novak Djokovic Wins 1,000th Career Match at Italian Open

Novak Djokovic, the No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, added yet another impressive accolade to his resume Saturday following a dominant showing in the Italian Open semifinal.

Djokovic defeated fifth seed Casper Ruud of Norway in straight sets, 6–4, 6–3, to earn his 1,000th career win and advance to his fourth straight final in Rome. The Serbian great will face fourth-seeded Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday as he looks to extend his record ATP Masters 1000 title count with a 38th victory.

Djokovic, 34, now joins Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Rafael Nadal as the only members of the 1,000-wins club, making him just the fifth men’s player in the Open Era to accomplish the feat.

“Thanks to the tournament and the crowd for celebrating the milestone with me,” Djokovic said after the match, per ATP Tour’s official website.

“I’ve seen Roger and Rafa celebrate those milestones in the last couple of years and I was looking forward to get to that 1,000 myself. I’m really, really blessed and privileged to have that many victories on the Tour. It’s been a long time, ever since I won my first match on the Tour. Hopefully I can keep going and many more victories to come.”

Djokovic’s landmark moment also inspired a special, emoji-laden response from his wife Jelena, who took to social media to express her excitement for his latest accomplishment.

Djokovic’s upcoming clash with Tsitsipas marks the pair’s first meeting since “The Djoker” notched a dramatic comeback victory over the 23-year-old at the 2021 Roland Garros final. Djokovic owns a 6–2 record over Tsitsipas all time, including a 4–0 mark on clay—the same surface they’ll be competing on Rome.

For the year, Djokovic has posted a 10–4 record, with his last outing prior to Rome ending in a historic semifinal defeat at the hands of Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz at the Madrid Open.

si.com/tennis/2022/05/14/novak-djokovic-wins-1000th-career-match

2022 Forster Seniors Tennis Tournament

The 2022 Forster Seniors Tennis Tournament is back after the cancellation of the last 2 years due to COVID. Save the dates, Friday 29th July through to Monday 1st August 2022.

The Entry Form is available on the Forster Tennis Club website   https://play.tennis.com.au/forstertennisclub and soon to be on Tennis Seniors NSW website – we look forward to seeing you again this year.

Come along and play as little or as much as you like over the 4 days – 6 sessions of tennis. There are events for all – singles, doubles, mixed, combined doubles and mixed.

For accommodation we recommend our Sponsors below:

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Additional activities over the weekend include ;

  • Raffle – Over 25 Prizes value in excess of $2,000. Special pre purchase Offer with Entry Form additional tickets. Collect on arrival – Drawn Sunday 31st July. Pre-purchase will assist us with our COVID Safety plan
  • Tennis Jewels Clothing Tent
  • Meet and Greet Drinks at the Forster Tennis Club from 4.30pm Friday 29th July.
  • Saturday – Priceline Health Check Tent
  • Daily – Bar and Canteen Service
  • Dynamic Tennis Pro Shop – Restrings, Grips, Shoes etc.

Entry Forms can be mailed to PO Box 522 Forster NSW 2428 or emailed to [email protected]

Brian Adams
Forster Tennis Club
Seniors Tournament Director
Phone: 0404955599
Email: [email protected]

MLTC Newsletter – 11th May

Club Captain’s Report

After wins on the weekend we have Our Ladies 3 Team and our Mens 6 Team on top of the points tables.

Our Ladies 1 Team had a big win also to sit 2nd on the ladder.

ROUND 2 RESULTS

Mens 1 Team washout v Sydney Uni

Mens 2 Lost 7-1 v Kooroora

Unfortunately Steve Nettleton injured his leg in the first set when looking good to win and had to forfeit all his sets. Howard and Geoff won 1 set. Hopefully Netto is back and playing soon.

Mens 3 Lost 6-2 v Killara. Justin and Vincent 2 sets.

Mens 4 Won 5-3 v Killara. Matthew and Shirsir won 3 sets Bede and Gavin 2 sets. A good win as Killara away is always a hard match.

Mens 5 Lost 5-3 v Marrickville. Hugo and Tom 2 sets Richard and Denis 1 set.

Mens 6 Won 4-4 on games at Marrickville. Dave and Stu 3 sets Ben and Mark 1 set. A good win on the grass.

Albo did not play for Marrickville but turned up at 4.30pm with 6 minders for a social hit.

Looking at his form it is a pity he did not play against Manly as we would have had a bigger win.

Ladies 1 Won 7-1 v Kooroora White

A big win with Janelle and Caroline winning 4 sets easily. Nicola and Julia 3 sets.

Ladies 2 Lost 5-3 v Beecroft. Shelley and Kirsten 2 sets Christine and Kristina 1 set.

Ladies 3 v Sydney Uni Won 7-1. Pam and Catherine won 4 sets easily and Erryn and Kate 3 sets. The Ladies are now coming 1st.

Thursday Ladies  Lost 4-4 on games. Sally Johanna 3 sets  Michelle Lindy 1 set

This  Saturday Our Mens 1 Team plays at home at 2.50pm as well as Our Mens 6 and Ladies 2

The noon matches are our Mens 4 and 5 Teams.

SOCIAL TENNIS IS 11.30 -2.30PM ON TWO COURTS.

Bar Prices – With the price of everything going up, our bar prices will increase from July 1, 2022.

Visitors – A reminder to pay the visitor’s fee when you bring a visitor. A visitor can come up to six times, after that they should think about becoming a member.

Best wishes,

Virginia

MLTC Secretary

www.manlylawn.com.au

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