View Full Version : Everyone in SYDNEY...Pls Read this!

Oct 16th, 2002, 04:45 AM
G'Day mate!......

That will be good if all of WTAWORLD member (whose resided/lived in SYDNEY) can form a TENNIS Club! so we can have a social time and play Tennis together....??? what are you reckon?

And perhaps we can organising The competition for all Grade (Beginner-Advance players)

Oct 16th, 2002, 06:01 AM
sounds like a good idea!

finding a time and place that suits everyone will be pretty hard though IMO......

Oct 16th, 2002, 06:04 AM
I'm nowhere near Oz but just tempted to get in this thread.

Yeah, I support this great idea.

Go Sydneysians!!!!!:bounce:

Oct 16th, 2002, 06:05 AM

Oct 16th, 2002, 06:19 AM
i think it's a great idea.... i think we should compile a list of names of people who want to participate through this thread, find out where people live and find some public courts which are centrally located.

Oct 16th, 2002, 06:51 AM
great idea!

Oct 16th, 2002, 08:28 AM
Cool...Thanks for your support guys!

I lived at ALEXANDRIA (Close to the city!)

I really wanted to have a lot of friends and knowing some of this board member whose wanting to play tennis with me.

I'm average tennis player (medium)....at least I can hit the balls...hehe....!

C'mon guys! tell us about yourself!

Oct 16th, 2002, 08:29 AM
Maybe some of you can help me to spreading this thread/issue/news! :D

Sam L
Oct 16th, 2002, 09:01 AM
Yeah good idea but Sydney is huge and I live in the west.


Oct 16th, 2002, 09:03 AM
technology can keep the distance smaller.;)

Sam L
Oct 16th, 2002, 09:07 AM
Not physically! :p

We still have to meet physically to play tennis :p

I think the bigger problem is finding courts.

Oct 16th, 2002, 09:20 AM
I'm a crap tennis player but I'm up for it <g>

I'm in the South :)

Oct 16th, 2002, 10:53 AM
:fiery: :( If only I live in Sydney :( :fiery:

Oct 16th, 2002, 10:56 AM
don't worry kfh_9118, they can celebrate the Club Anniversay in Melbourne.;)

Oct 16th, 2002, 11:00 AM
Yay... Maybe the Melburnian can form their group as well and compete with Sydney team :)

Battle of the OZ States :)

Oct 16th, 2002, 03:04 PM
i like the sound of that kfh! like a ryder cup/davis cup type feel ;)

alexandria.... so u probably play at moore park?

Oct 17th, 2002, 01:01 AM
Originally posted by Monica@53
i like the sound of that kfh! like a ryder cup/davis cup type feel ;)

alexandria.... so u probably play at moore park?

Normally, I played at ATP (Australian Technology Park) They offering 2 FREE Tennis Courts during the day (everyday! Mon-Sun) This place very close to The REDFERN Railway Station (Only 3-5 minutes from the station!).....I haven't try to play at The Moore Park!....have you Monica?

Kfh....Maybe you need to informed The MELBOURNE Tennis Club as well, I know this is very huge/big task for all of us, But it will be good if we can do it! and success!

Oct 17th, 2002, 01:02 AM
Monica, where about are you lived?

Oct 17th, 2002, 01:03 AM
Are you guys! have a MSN address?

mine is : katulampa@hotmail.com

Oct 17th, 2002, 04:16 AM
Free tennis courts sound good to me ;) ;) LOL

And Redfern is pretty easy to get to for me....just a train....

This does sound good - i hope it can work! :)

Oct 17th, 2002, 04:19 AM
HI....ive played with martinafan and sam_l before even tho im a southerner. gossipcom where do u reside??

good idea

Oct 17th, 2002, 05:41 AM
Martinafan, Monica@53, Sam, Gossipcom and SM

YESS Absolutely FREE Tennis Courts at ATP (Australian Technology Park) its very Easy to get here and convenient...

Don't need to worry, whether you are lived in North/West or South of SYDNEY...all of you just Hop on The TRAIN to REDFERN (about 3 minutes walk to The Courts from the station!)

If you guys serious, This SATURDAY or SUNDAY 19th/20th October (I will play) Let me know!....normally I play around 2-5 pm in the afternoon (But I'm easy we can arrange early than that...but you need to tell me, because i have to book the courts befiore hands!) if you are serious I'll book the other court as well! pls let me know! by PM me

Oct 17th, 2002, 05:43 AM

Sorry, but i already play saturday afternoons in a local comp, so that rules me out.

good on you for taking control and organising it though katulampa....

Sam L
Oct 17th, 2002, 06:15 AM

I can on most weekends but not this one. I'm playing on friday night and I'm busy this saturday BUT maybe on sunday.

I'll get back to you. 2-5 is imo the best time.

BTW.. I dind't know ATP had tennis courts, people from my previous work used to go there all the time! :eek:

Oct 17th, 2002, 06:17 AM
Originally posted by Sam L

I can on most weekends but not this one. I'm playing on friday night and I'm busy this saturday BUT maybe on sunday.

I'll get back to you. 2-5 is imo the best time.

BTW.. I dind't know ATP had tennis courts, people from my previous work used to go there all the time! :eek:

YESS...They do have 2 TENNIS COURTS, and BASKETBALL field! The COURTS is Opposite ALEXANDRIA Post Office at Henderson Road!

Oct 17th, 2002, 08:06 AM
Katulampa, i just PM'd you.... i actually should be free saturday at that time, so if anyone else is good for this saturday, i look forward to meeting you, maybe perhaps??? :)

Oct 17th, 2002, 09:25 AM
im tied down with uni work and stuff until november, doh!!....from November onwards i'd definately consider it :)

Oct 17th, 2002, 10:15 AM
Other question: can I meet some of you when I'll be in Sydney first week of January? I would be very pleased to meet some people who can show me around!

Oct 17th, 2002, 01:43 PM
Man... You guys do this thing just after I left Sydney!!! Now I'm gonna miss out on this WTA party!

I used to live in SYdney.. in QLD at the moment. I might come back next year and join you guys!

Oh and I've got a suggestion, I think you should all dress up like your favorite players and play for ranking points and have a little WTA tour of your own hehe!!! Just a suggestion :p

Oct 17th, 2002, 01:52 PM
*imagines self in Fila skirt*

Oct 17th, 2002, 02:36 PM
LOL Beau and Steve ;)

However, having our own tour and rankings pts is a pretty cool idea IMO ;) :)...without the wearing of same clothes as our fave.

Mateo Mathieu
Oct 17th, 2002, 02:44 PM
No, this weekend I will stay all home for do studying before the exams next week :)

Wish me a good luck ;)

Oct 17th, 2002, 02:56 PM
LOL - good luck matthew ;)

Actually, I really do like the tournament idea ;) Anyone else think it's a good idea.....like we could see how many people can make it and then make a draw, and play some matches! :) :)

Or maybe it's just me wanting to live out my dream of playing on the pro tennis tour?!?!?! ;) lol

Oct 17th, 2002, 03:11 PM
well, i'm free for sunday, but not saturday.

It seems there are some people for saturday and some for sunday.......who would like what?

Oct 17th, 2002, 03:17 PM
lol...yeah dean the tournament is a good idea as long as i dont play u so i dont get my arse kicked ;).

btw - i think maybe the first time we meet these guys just a social hit is what most had in mind?

anyway i guess i could make Sunday...i need a day off cos i have soo much crap to do every other day :)

Oct 17th, 2002, 03:21 PM
well, a social hit is fine with me...but sometime i would like to play a tournament, or round-robin or something! :)

Always wanted to play against fellow posters! :) :)

schnyder lover
Oct 17th, 2002, 03:23 PM
i play for white city in the sydney grass court comp on saturday. i have a tennis court if you guys need one - i live in woollahra which is in the east.

Oct 17th, 2002, 06:28 PM
bump - i want all sydneysiders to see this! :)

Oct 17th, 2002, 11:08 PM
yeah, i like the idea of a sydney sanex wta tour...... oops, sanex is cancelling its sponsorship so we've got to find another sponsor so we can rake it in :) no, definitely we should plan something like that, it would be really fun to have a "tournament" and we can make it a tour, like there's the redfern tier II, and the penrith tier I and the chatswood tier III and the killara grand slam (a grand slam there only cos i live there... hehehe) ;)

unless he's changed his mind or something's come up, katulampa and i will be playing on saturday as i can't make it on sunday.... i know most of you aren't free tomorrow but if you guys are planning to meet up again next weekend, let me know cos i'd definitely like to be counted in! hopefully all of you will be able to make it at some stage....

and yeah steve, definitely let's keep it to social hitting the first time round...... besides, no one wants to see my lleyton hewitt competitiveness and my jennifer capriati swearing coming through on the first day.... it's just unbecoming on me ;)

Oct 17th, 2002, 11:41 PM
martifan can only make sundays cos he plays comp on saturdays.
im bust tommorow so i guess i'll just wait till next weekend.

hopefully we'll go on sunday to accomdate him?, if not next week on sat. i should be able to make it. :)

Oct 18th, 2002, 12:49 AM
OK Guys!

I'll play tomorrow (saturday 19th October) with Monica@53 (at 4-6 PM) at ATP Tennis Courts !

But, If you are serious to play next week ( I can't play on the weekend saturday/sunday...because I've to go to Canberra next weekend!....Maybe on Week Day!), Pls let me know ...so I can arrange to Book The Courts...as you know just because its FREE Tennis court, a lot of people wanting to book this court...but If you are tell me before, I'll get The courts easily....

Like tomorrow, I'll have 2 FREE Courts from 4-6 PM!

Unfortunately some of you are Busy! ... never mind, hope we can play next week!

Oct 18th, 2002, 01:36 AM
Who is FREE on MONDAY (21th Oct) & Thursday (24th Oct) all Day/during Afternoon

Please let me know, I'll organise to play Tennis during The week!

Oct 18th, 2002, 04:31 AM

Oct 18th, 2002, 04:36 AM
Hey Katulampa..... made it to work but I'm completely bludging at the moment ;) still haven't been able to confirm my monday appointment but i can put it off for another day anyway, it doesn't have to be monday specifically... so put me down for monday 2-4 again. :D

Oct 18th, 2002, 06:09 AM
Oh Katulampa, just as I was on Yahoo, found that the weather report for Monday is predicting thunder storms.........

Sam L
Oct 18th, 2002, 06:25 AM
Originally posted by Monica@53
Oh Katulampa, just as I was on Yahoo, found that the weather report for Monday is predicting thunder storms.........

That can't be good :o

But otherwise I can play on Monday :wavey:

Oct 18th, 2002, 07:54 AM
Ok Monica@53 about MONDAY we'll talk about it tomorrow...and Sam_L, sometimes The weather Report is wrong...we'll see anyway...I'm still book the court for MONDAY just in case we can play! :D

Oct 18th, 2002, 10:27 AM
Ok guys! i should be able to come on Monday as im going to see one of my relo's that morning to give him something in Syd.

Why dont you book it on Monday for 1pm - 4pm. We will probably only stay the 2 hours or whatever u guys want but its good to have the option of staying longer.

So far its me, sam, katu. and mon53 = 4 people for monday. We can still accomodate up to 4 more people that day as theres two courts if anyone else wants to come for a hit.

BTW - ive only got one strung raquet so if my strings break i hope one of u guys have a spare raquet ;)!

Sam L
Oct 18th, 2002, 02:26 PM
BTW - ive only got one strung raquet so if my strings break i hope one of u guys have a spare raquet

Me too!

Um... I can make it around 1 or 1.30 I know where it is so I can just turn up anyway.

Actually! I heard the weather is supposed to be hot on sunday so maybe on monday too! :wavey:

Oct 18th, 2002, 03:36 PM
I can make it on monday too..so there's 5.

Will it be possible to get both courts Katulampa?

I'm looking forward to this! :)

I think 1-4 is good...cause it does give us the option of longer aswell...

Oct 19th, 2002, 01:40 AM
OK...I'll book the courts (2 courts) for MONDAY 21th October 2002

at 2 - 4 PM (I've decided, because otherwise will mix up about the time!...hope you are guys don't mind!)

at ATP (Australian Technology Park) ALEXANDRIA

How to get there:

* By TRAIN (go to REDFERN Station, and follow the sign from The station to ATP!)

* By CAR (Its plenty car space, I mean street parking...it's very safe....The Courts is located at opposite Cnr HENDERSON & MITCHELL Road ALEXANDRIA)

Any question, pls don't feel hesitate to ask me!

Sam L
Oct 19th, 2002, 02:27 AM
Originally posted by Katulampa

Any question, pls don't feel hesitate to ask me!

Yes what's your real name? :p

Also Monica@53. I already know Dean and Steve.

Oct 19th, 2002, 03:03 AM
Its CONFIRMED! (I had booked it this morning!)

We will have 2 FREE Tennis Courts for MONDAY 21st Oct 2002

at 2 - 4 PM (We can ONLY book 2 hours MAXIMUM, especially if We want 2 Courts!)

katulampa = eric

monica@53 = Mike

Oct 19th, 2002, 03:11 AM
great! :) 2-4 monday! :)

no problems! :)

Thanks again for organising this eric! :)

Oct 19th, 2002, 03:14 AM

I just want to tell you that I'm ONLY average Tennis Player...!....OK! I'll see you All on MONDAY!

Oct 19th, 2002, 03:18 AM
hey guys..

well I actually live in redfrn about 10 minutes away from ATP, I also play at Moore Park a lot and Rushcutters bay, and I had no idea that the tennis courts at ATp were free!! thas a great idea!!

the only problem is that I will be working on monday, but I just had my wisdom teeth out, so maybe I can milk a bit more time off work...

so Im not sure if I can make it on monday, but if I can I will just show up...

steve - would be good to finally meet and say Hi!!

Oct 19th, 2002, 03:35 AM
Yup...Czechfan, If you are FREE on MONDAY, just turn up at the ATP Court!.....Yup..Now you are now that ATP Tennis Court is FREE (But you have to book! ).....Its FREE for the DAY Time But You do have to PAY $10/hour for NIGHT Time (because they said you have to pay for the Electric/lights!)

Oct 19th, 2002, 05:16 AM
See you guys on Monday! So we've got 5 definites?? Excellent.... looking forward to meeting you all then! In the meantime, i'll be hitting up with eric in less than two hours so if anyone wants a scouting report for monday...... ;) ;)

Oct 19th, 2002, 05:24 AM
Have fun guys :)

Oct 19th, 2002, 07:38 AM
I would have loved to go but at that time it's smack bang in the middle of my work day and there's no way I can get to Redfern from Bankstown Airport during work :(

Oct 19th, 2002, 07:40 AM
congrats to this thread!!!!!

Oct 19th, 2002, 07:44 AM
ohh I'm so jealous!! Thats cool, you guys gettin together. I live in the states, but I could always catch a 26 hour flight and spend a couple grand to come and play with you. hahaha

How is it that you guys get free courts?

Oct 19th, 2002, 08:26 AM
Hope you guys had fun with the tennis! *jealous* ;)

Oct 19th, 2002, 08:38 AM
Hey guys, I'm a good to Medium player, i live in the East near Coogee, I'm up for playing definely next week if thats ok, and Sarah how r ya girl I think I may be going to the Aust. Open in January so we are going to have to meet up:)

Oct 19th, 2002, 09:31 AM
rightous, if u're free monday from 2-4, then just come along! :)

If you can make it, please tell us so we know to expect you...if ur not sure then just show up if it turns out you can come! :)

Hope it doesn't thunderstorm ;)

Monica@53 and Katulampa, how was ur hit today? I hope you guys aren't too good for the rest of us ;) lol

Oct 19th, 2002, 09:57 AM
Wow! didnt expect so many people to go. I hope we fit, its a limit of 8 on at once unless u guys wanna play triples ;).

Anyway Eric, dont worry cos we arent out there to play competitive matches! I just want to get OUT seeing ive locked myself up the past week(damn uni) , and am not even going out tonight(Saturday) :(. btw - what type of courts are they?

phil even if you dont come Monday im sure we'll all organize another day. Anyway, ouch, i had wisdoms out a few months back, hope ur feeling ok dude.

Oct 19th, 2002, 01:46 PM
martinafan - came back from a hit with eric a few hours and it was a great day for tennis actually, warm but not too hot, no wind - poifect!!..... hope monday is the same.... had a lot of fun out there though i got tired pretty quickly - it was basically eric and his boyfriend on one end against me on the other end and they made me do all the running all over the court..... nice fitness test, which i didn't pass ;) i'm actually quite sore now, but a good sore..... eric, how did you enjoy the hit up today?

steve - the courts are hardcourt, hope that's too your liking (or maybe hope it's not, depending on how competitive you intend to be ;))... good luck with uni..... only another 4 or so more weeks to go though, right?

rightous/gossipcom - hope to see you next week then, hopefully we can try to make it a fairly regular thing if all goes well!

Oct 19th, 2002, 01:49 PM
great to hear you had fun! :) :)

hardcourt! eww....oh well, i gotta get used to them sometime ;) hehe....although i prefer synthetic grass courts....

I'm looking forward to it though :) :)

Today was a good day for tennis though - i was playing myself...had a lotta fun! :)

Oct 19th, 2002, 02:22 PM
Mike we're in week 11 of 13 for uni. :):):)... but also :( cos i have alot of work.

i dont mind the court really...i just prefer synthetic...i know Dean needs time to adjust to hard whenever weve played in the past so hes likely to whinge :P.

sounds like u had fun :)

How is it that you guys get free courts?
i get a better deal here but its too far for everyone else..lol..i get free synthetic grass courts day or NIGHT( any time even 3am) and the courts are only a few months old :)! i once played at 1am in the morning ;)

Oct 20th, 2002, 02:41 AM
Mike, me & Dave had a great time on saturday!

I can't believed it will work...I was only tried to form a Tennis social club for Sydney sider! But The respond are Great! Thanks for your support guys! :D

Look forward on MONDAY!

Oct 20th, 2002, 09:47 AM
Hey guys sounds like u had great fun, can't make it on Monday (I have to work:( ) but definely up for it on the weekend!!! I haven't played since the invarsities in June was I might be out of practice.

Oct 20th, 2002, 10:18 AM
dean - your abhorrence towards hardcourts is probably for the good of all of us, considering the wonderful scouting report I've heard on your game ;) hardcourt is tough on the knees and at the age of 21, i'm already starting to feel it in my ankles and knees from the constant grind (i've played on hardcourts about 90% of the time i play tennis).

steve - how far exactly are the synthetic courts? are you talking like wollongong far?

eric - glad to hear you had fun, i hope dave did as well.... sorry about the very last forehand i hit, i was trying to end the session on a very good note ;)

rightous - will see you the next time we all have a hit up!

the draw for the gay games tennis competition has been released and i'm in a sucky section of the draw...... not that i'm guaranteed to win my first round but whoever does plays the third seed in the a-grade comp - oh well...... never mind.... at least i get to play at the sydney international site (which was why i signed up for a-grade in the first place).

so you are all free to take me on seriously tomorrow cos I need serious match play..... i'm actually quite nervous about the tournament and it's like two weeks away..... dang, gotta control these nerves!!!!! :D

Sam L
Oct 20th, 2002, 10:22 AM
Hey Mike, yes Steve is talking about Wollongong, LOL

I hope it's not too hot tomorrow, I hate the heat :o And I'm not too good either.

Oct 20th, 2002, 11:04 AM
hey mike...the only incentive for playing here is we could start at 2am not 2pm ;).

Sam and dean ill call u guys tommorow to confirm what time i will get there.

i hope the weather is good tommorow . seeing its only two hours i wanna make the most of it;).

Oct 20th, 2002, 12:15 PM
ill be at redfern station at 1.25 pm

so sam, dean whoever...ring me if u wanna meet there

Oct 20th, 2002, 01:44 PM
Mike, I hope steve hasn't been talking too much about me or my tennis....steve has a tendency to exaggerate :p....i'm pretty average IMO....but i would gladly take u on in a singles match, if you wanted to. It's not often I play singles, so i always enjoy it when i do....but don't expect too much please....

Oct 20th, 2002, 02:12 PM
steve has a tendency to exaggerate...im pretty average
Well you beat me 6-4 6-0 in our last game a few weeks back. Result speaks for itself(why did i remind myself?).

Anyway my take on it is if you had a better serve you would have be fairly complete. BTW Good luck to both of you 2morrow.

Oct 20th, 2002, 03:44 PM
sam, well the weather forecast on yahoo for monday has now changed from thunderstorms (which it was forecasted on friday) to partly cloudy. hmmm..... weird one..... tops of 19 - i think that'll be a very nice day for tennis!

dean, i'm starting to get a vibe that you're really good :D.... come on, cut the modesty - you know you really want to say that you'll cream the lot of us!!! ;) if there's an opportunity for singles, that's cool but i guess it's not the priority.... it would be good for everyone to get a chance to maximise the use of the court and just to have a light, social hit.

steve, so the scouting report on dean is to attack his serve?!?!? chip and charge on it? crush it for a winner? .... hehehe j/k!!! it's all fun, no seriousness!! p.s. would be kind of fun to play tennis at 2am, perfect conditions, perhaps? no sun, no noise......... have you actually tried it?

do you guys all get to meet up for a game quite regularly? see you guys tomorrow...... i'm outtie.

Oct 20th, 2002, 04:10 PM
i think the 4 games i won in that 4-6 0-6 loss were breaking his serve...but my own serve that day was in one word 'shit'! ;). Good on him for the 6-0

steve, so the scouting report on dean is to attack his serve?!?!? chip and charge on it? crush it for a winner? well i cant volley but even if i could those passing shots are one of his best shots.

ive known dean for over a year mike. hes come over my house, and we've played tennis about once/month so. i hope i didnt put pressure on dean to perform cos i never said hes an 'expert' or anything ;)??

Oct 20th, 2002, 11:47 PM
p.s. would be kind of fun to play tennis at 2am, perfect conditions, perhaps? no sun, no noise......... have you actually tried it?
ive gone from 11.30pm-1.30am before. It was smack in the middle of winter so i froze ...in summer nights it would be ok.

Oct 20th, 2002, 11:52 PM
hahaha... but maybe that was all part of the masterplan to put pressure on him to perform!!!! ;) (actually, i'm not that clever to be so forward in my thinking).... no, it's all cool, i have absolutely no expectations, just hoping you're not sampras or agassi in disguise :) (even then, i'd still love a hit!)

fark guys, it is absolutely pissing here..... the thunderstorm prediction looks like it's come into fruition....... i'll wait a bit cos it could slowly dissipate (knowing my luck it'll only get stronger though), otherwise, what say thursday?

Oct 21st, 2002, 12:39 AM
Actually The weather at ALEXANDRIA is Fine (CLOUDLY but!)

We just have to wait..hopefully it will change!

We wait and see, If the weather is gonna be RAIN/Thunderstorm! maybe We can arrange s another DAY...BUT currently at ALEXANDRIA is FINE! :D

Oct 21st, 2002, 01:08 AM
well it rained a little at my place this morning (i live near hurstville), but it's stopped now,and it doesn't look like it'll rain anymore...

Eric, are there those squeegy things on the courts to dry them???

Oct 21st, 2002, 02:50 AM
Well, the sun is shining at my place, and the roads are dry now...so everything is looking good! :)

Hope the rain stays away so we can have a great afternoon! of tennis! :) :)

Eric, how is your place? you are a lot closer to the courts ;)

Oct 21st, 2002, 02:53 AM
hey guys - are u still playing today? Interested in playing too - 27 here, a medium player - good backhand, but a sabatini style powder-puff serve... Live in Bondi...

If anyone else is interested in playing in Sydney, my email is colinbanksoz@hotmail.com

Oct 21st, 2002, 02:56 AM
Originally posted by ColinB
hey guys - are u still playing today? Interested in playing too - 27 here, a medium player - good backhand, but a sabatini style powder-puff serve... Live in Bondi...

If anyone else is interested in playing in Sydney, my email is colinbanksoz@hotmail.com


Yup, we are definitely will playing Tennis This Arvo, just turn Up at ATP Tennis Courts!

Sam L
Oct 21st, 2002, 03:14 AM
Well i was in the city just then and yes it has rained, but shouldn't rain anymore.

Well I'll definitely be there.

Oct 21st, 2002, 03:26 AM
It doesn't Rain in here (ALEXANDRIA)

Its FINE (But cloudly!) Its NOT Too HOT (Good!)

Its Shining now!

Oct 21st, 2002, 03:41 AM
Cool - I'll see u guys there....

Oct 21st, 2002, 03:44 AM

Why don't you have a PM Box on this Board, so everyone can easily send you a PM!

Oct 21st, 2002, 09:42 AM
Hey guys - Thanks for this afternoon - I had fun....

If anyone is up for a hit later in the week or at the weekend, let me know...
cheers colin

Oct 21st, 2002, 01:19 PM
hi colin! i enjoyed it too. it was a nice atmosphere out there and nice to meet y'all, the faces behind the names! gosh colin i didnt even know who u were or if u were coming ;) when i first approached u i was like "are you here to meet us? who r u" ;)!!

i played rock bottom for first five minutes but quickly found my form ...luckily!!!!!! :):):):) i was going for my fh the whole time. and my lack of sleep = 1.5 hrs didnt hamper me too much till the last long hit with mike.

mike i think youll do good in your tournament coming up :) and i hope u got some nice practice there!!!!! Not only did you keep my hardest shots coming back well but you also had some flair at the net. :eek: @ the drop volley you hit after that LONG rally when deano clapped ;)! i know whos side he was on :P

eric nice ace out wide :). it caught me off guard!!

nice seeing u again sam..and dean for 100th time :P

Oct 21st, 2002, 02:09 PM
hey steve, nice to see you made it home safe and sound! i still can't believe you got there and STILL managed to play well given you had only 1.5hours sleep, i would've passed out after the first 10 mins! u were hitting so friggin' hard, bloody amazing.... was that all part of ur "don't-want-to-run-so-i'll-belt-the-ball-a-la-Serena" tactic or do you normally hit the ball that hard?!?!? i got lots of good practice - thanks - hitting up with both you and dean. and i didn't buy that crap about you can't volley or smash cos you seemed to be doing all those things pretty well - it probably means you should stick to a 1.5hr sleeping regime! ;)
P.S. the drop volley i'm sure was just a fluke but i was still (unashamedly) proud of myself ;)

you guys both gave me a blister on my thumb actually and it's really annoying!!! :) (ok, it's all my fault, but it's much easier to blame other people!! ;)) - i totally wore out my grip as well! i don't know if you could tell, steve, but all my shots were starting to get very very very loopy and inconsistent towards the end - sorry! - i was trying not to place my thumb on the racquet so i was holding the racquet with four and a half fingers!

dean - with all the surmounting pressure placed on you by steve, you totally totally lived up to it, i have to say! i was really impressed hitting up with the both of you and i struggled to get to all the balls (that's it, need to go hit the gym and do some cardio!!!!) - you guys hit really hard and i kept finding myself on the run..... our singles match still looms (and i'm sshhhaakkiinggg nervously as we speak ;)), so let me know if you ever want to take me on on my home turf :) (or otherwise)...... and thanks for taking my side over steve, every bit of support is much appreciated, hehe.

colin - nice to meet you, wish i actually got to hit more with you too, but maybe next time... i should be free at some point next week too so maybe then. would be good to see you at the gay games but knowing i'd have to win my first round match before i get an interview will only put me under undue pressure ;) ...... (therefore let me read that new gm thread on "mastering your choking"!) love that you're a monica and a mary fan, btw.....

eric - what can i say, many thanks for organising! hope you got lots of nice practice!

sam - when that backhand comes into your strike zone, and you line up and pounce, that is one incredibly clean, powerful and deep shot - you hit so many "wow" shots off the backhand today - molto impressivo.

it was really nice meeting you all today and i had lots of fun, as steve said, great atmosphere today, and hoping we get to hit up again sometime soon! ~~mike~~

Oct 21st, 2002, 02:24 PM
Yeah thanks for the hit guys...i really enjoyed myself!

You are all very good players, and would love to do it again sometime! :)

Mike - thanks for the kind, unnecessary and unwarranted words ;) lol - ur pretty damn good urself ;) lol

Eric - thanks so much for organising it - good on you for taking the initiative! :) And if steve didn't tell me you had only been playing for 1 year then i would never have known - you are very good for someone who only started a year ago!

Had a lot of fun - thanks again guys! :)

Oct 21st, 2002, 02:34 PM
actually mike from january this year and a few months all i could hit were errors or moon balls ...ask ausboy, ivas#1fan etc and it wasnt a pretty site. :(

my grip got a bit torn too today ;). my tactic was i had NO tactic other than to keep hitting harder and harder til u missed, but u didnt miss much. I think i couldve done better had i gone for heavy topspin instead of trying a-la-serena shots out of my arse! and yes, the motive for that was i felt SLOW physically and mentally and couldnt be bothered to think or run!!!!

Do i normally hit that hard? depends on how i 'feel' the ball on the day. I have days where i pretty much JUST slice and hit dinky shots. LOL. Whereas DEAN i think can pull his pace off consistently, in fact i think he played much better the last time we played when he won 4 and 0 than what u saw.

btw mike u think u should improve ur cardio? hehe...thats crazy. i thought u were the next michael chang out there ;)!!!!

btw - i cant volley/smash/serve :P...and i only hit some semi-ok volleys cos i set them up with a good approach!

Oct 22nd, 2002, 12:02 AM
Thanks for All your supports guys!, I can't believe it happens/works!

I had a great time yesterday, the weather is perfect for Tennis (it wasn't too hot!)......Gee all of you are A GREAT Players (I felt behind compare with all of you! I can't believe you all can hits the balls so Hard!?)....I'm hoping that I can improve my games.

How about we playing again on MONDAY 28th October at 2 - 4 PM (at ATP or maybe someone can organise to play at the other Venue?)....Please let me know guys! I'm look forward for it!

Please feel FREE to read this thread, so you won't miss any news!

Oct 22nd, 2002, 03:03 AM
I'll play Tennis Tonight (Tuesday 22nd October at 8-9 Pm with my friend, at ATP Alexandria!)

So, for everyone who can't make it during the day, They can come tonight!

Please let me know!

Oct 22nd, 2002, 11:10 AM
Damn read this email too late, otherwise I would have come, what about this weekend is anyone up for it:)

Oct 22nd, 2002, 11:17 AM
hey guys - I;m up for playing towards the end of the week again or at the weekend - can travel to the ATP. Live in Bondi here.

Oct 22nd, 2002, 11:55 AM
Hey Colin how long have you been in Sydney, seems like the whole of Ireland and England live on the Coast!!!!lol How long have you been in Aust.

Oct 22nd, 2002, 12:19 PM
hey Rightous - a fellow Gaelic - from Glasgow originally, then London and been out here for last few months - staying permanently - quit my job back in london. what about u??? if u fancy a hit, let me know - am around during the day just now as well. c

Oct 22nd, 2002, 12:23 PM
hey Colin- Us Celts r the best aren't we!!!lol Been in Sydney for 5 weeks, so in the States for a while before here, should be here for 4 months or so and then travelling a bit, got a job for the next 3 months(only can work for 3 months b/c of that crap visa:( ) Finished univ. and thought hey go travelling and not have to work!!!!!lol Am travelling with 3 people what about urself r u alone??? Definely up for it at the weekend(tennis that is!!!!lol)


Oct 22nd, 2002, 01:04 PM
Hey Mark - yes on the 'crappie' visa too - but trying to get sponsored to stay as do not want to go home... I have until Jan to get a job... yeh weekend is good - can play anywhere on eastern Subs from Cooper park down to Moore Park or whereever...

Oct 22nd, 2002, 01:06 PM
hi rightous! lucky u with all that travelling...with the amount of money i spend i doubt i could afford it for now.

ill be going again anytime after 1st november(FRIDAY). made a tentative agreement with mon53. so whoever can be bothered to come along, come along ;).

Oct 22nd, 2002, 03:22 PM
Sorry Eric, but i can't make it next monday at all....I have exams starting next week :( :( so next week is out of the question....:(

I hope you and whoever shows up has fun though! :)

Oct 22nd, 2002, 11:20 PM
steve..... i'm so stupid, it only just dawned on me that i work on fridays!!! **go disorganisation, go!** the week after november 1 could be cool, depending on how early i get knocked out in the games ;) and depending on how i'm going with my uni assignments, otherwise, i like the sound of during the holidays....

i'll see if i'm good for this monday, the thing is i am starting to feel really guilty for not doing anything about the assignments i've got....... although one afternoon of tennis shouldn't hurt, really.....

eric, how was ur hit up last night? how many people did you hit up with?

Oct 23rd, 2002, 12:03 AM
Hey Mike...I was played last night, but it wasn't good atsmosphere there, because too windy...and we ended only playing about 20-30 minutes! :o

Oct 23rd, 2002, 06:36 AM

Hey Guys!

I'll be FREE on this FRIDAY Arvo ! Maybe we can arrange to play Tennis again! Please let me know by PM (so I will know!)

Oct 24th, 2002, 06:47 AM
Hey I'm up for tennis at the weekend, Kamp what time tomorrow, I can't go until after 6, I have to work:(

Colin yeah its so crappy the visa, hopefully u do get sponsored, and SM I can't actually afford to be here, all u have to do is look at my Credit Card Bill!!!!!!!LOL

Oct 24th, 2002, 08:06 AM
Hey, Righteous!

I had book the court for 2 -4 pm tomorrow (FRIDAY!)

Who else can come? if nobody can make it, I'll cancel it, and we'll arrange the NEW Time perhaps...please let me know by PM

Oct 24th, 2002, 09:14 AM
sorry eric, but i can't make it tomorrow or over the weekend :( :(

I hope some guys get to go and have fun though! :) I'll be jealous ;) lol

Oct 24th, 2002, 09:57 AM
Hey Eric - I hope to - But I cant confirm - I have an interview at 1pm - it all depends on when it finishes I;m afraid.. colin

Sam L
Oct 24th, 2002, 11:05 AM
I'm working tomorrow, so I'm only free on the weekend :(

Looks like I won't be free on any more weekdays anymore :(

Sam L
Oct 24th, 2002, 11:06 AM
BTW good luck in your interview Colin :D

Oct 24th, 2002, 11:47 AM
Thanks Sam - I need it!!! he he

Oct 25th, 2002, 07:53 AM
Who are still interesting to Play Tennis on MONDAY 28th October

at 2 - 4 pm (at ATP Alexandria)

Please let me know by PM!

Oct 25th, 2002, 10:29 AM
Hi Eric. Why don't u book it for Sunday 3rd November?Sunday's a good day as most people wont have other commitments instead of the usual Mondays.

BTW Colin- good luck, hope u get it. Also once again good luck to Mike with the games in just over a week.

Oct 26th, 2002, 12:04 AM
hi guys!! hope you're all well

thanks steve!..... and i'll need all the luck i can get!!! i can't believe it's all happening so soon. it's bloody nerve wracking! ;)

colin - how did your interview go?

eric - did you play yesterday? are you still playing on monday?

sam - where do you work?

hi rightous! hope to play you sometime soon....

**ignores dean intentionally ;)**

Sam L
Oct 26th, 2002, 02:23 AM
Hi eric,

I'm working at department of education and training now, good luck with the games :) I can come on the 3rd November as Steve planned, so see you then :)

Oct 26th, 2002, 03:17 AM
Hi Mike - I have heard that the Games are actually in jeapordy now as westpac or someone like that has pulled their funding at the last minute - I have several friends flying out from the UK who willbe seriously pissed off if they do pull it... But they are desperately looking for last minute funding...

Interview went well guys - thanks for support.

Oct 26th, 2002, 08:58 AM
SM - I dont remember moonballs! Just powerless shots that land very short inside the service line hehe :p

Sounds like you have improved which is as expected with the amount you play! Bet you still cover the court pretty well with your scrambling!

Colin B, you are playing at the Gay Games? Which division are you playing in, I believe they have several!!!

Hope you aren't playing in the top division, you might find it a bit too tough! I'm currently hitting with a Melbourne guy ranked in the 700's who's playing in that. Also got a friend who's come back from the States and was playing the College Circuit thats playing.

Oct 26th, 2002, 08:59 AM
shit, wow, well i haven't turned on the news so they must be doing a pretty good job of keeping that crisis under wraps.... that would be huge news.... but is it actually looking to go ahead though? are they going to be able to find a sponsor in time? how did you find out?

Oct 26th, 2002, 09:04 AM
congrats again to this thread.:bounce:

Oct 26th, 2002, 10:42 AM
Found out Mike as my partner is a journalist with the BBC - so he gets all the juicy news - It was in the Sydney Morning Herald too... 1st paragraph below..

Organisers of the 2002 Gay Games are blaming a loss of
confidence in the gay community, flowing from the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras' financial crisis, for the freezing of $2.5 million in Games funds, weeks before thousands of participants arrive from around the world.

Ticketek's refusal to release the funds, derived from ticket sales to various Games events, is said to be largely due to fears
that the Games may not go ahead in the light of the Mardi Gras problems.

It is understood that the funds are being held to protect
ticket-buyers, under an industry code of practice, in the event that the Games are cancelled.

I'm not competing Ausboy - I'm way too crap! he he

Oct 26th, 2002, 11:32 AM
OMG! this is really terrible news... i mean, not for me, but for the thousands who have already or are due to make their trips from overseas.... ! and it's not like it's a few weeks beforehand, it's like ONE WEEK beforehand, one week to the day of the opening ceremony..... colin, thanks for providing me with the news, the GG organisers haven't sent any memos around which means they are probably trying not to alarm participants and stuff..... so it sounds quite likely it may not go ahead? i guess that means i can go back to work and concentrate on my assignments ;)

Oct 26th, 2002, 11:43 AM
Sounds like you have improved which is as expected with the amount you play! Bet you still cover the court pretty well with your scrambling!

yes early this year was definately an "off" period for me.
ive played pretty rarely this year(less than once/week) . only twice in pastmonth :(. but therell be time for tennis(3 months+) once my last exam is finished.

so yeah, im looking forward to Sunday 3rd November by which ill probably regress to that january form from lack of play...lol@ not even moon balls and not making it passed service square
:p. my problem lately has been rushing if anything


Oct 27th, 2002, 11:03 AM
btw - so far for Sunday 3rd its...
-eric?? btw are u gonna book for the court for that day?
- mike ??

any1 else?

Oct 28th, 2002, 07:00 AM

I had booked 2 Courts for SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2002
at 2 - 4 pm
at The ATP (Australian Technology Park) ALEXANDRIA

Everyone Welcomes, please let me know!

Oct 28th, 2002, 07:51 AM
hey guys, sorry, i'm really disorganised and have no idea what dates are what, let alone what day of the week it currently is ;) just realised sunday november 3 is actually the first day of the games so i'm probably not going to be able to meet you guys at ATP.

hopefully you guys are planning another hit up sometime soon after......

steve - dean told me about the possibility of maybe going down to wollongong.... sounds good!

Oct 28th, 2002, 10:31 AM
No probs mike, if u and dean cant come ...

we still have 3 ppl anyway, and i might bring a friend up if we dont get a 4th person by Sunday.

Oct 28th, 2002, 10:41 AM
Hi guys!

I live in Sydney, and I was just down in Melbourne for the weekend.
Just thought I'd say that, cos I have been away from the board for 3 days!

Ciao guys:wavey:

Oct 28th, 2002, 09:40 PM
SM, I will ask 2 of my friends as well if they want to come :D

But, everyone welcomes...how about ColinB & Righteous..??

I think they can make it, because Righteous told me (he can come during The Weekend, his place is very close to The ATP)

Oct 28th, 2002, 11:35 PM

Sam L
Oct 29th, 2002, 02:12 AM
Thanks Eric,

I will be there on Sunday :)

Oct 29th, 2002, 06:15 AM
ur welcome sam

Btw, GOOD LUCK to Mike for The GAY Games! :D

Oct 29th, 2002, 07:10 AM
Thanks Eric! I think I need it after the way I played last Sunday :(

If my match finishes early and I've still got some energy left (or if I need more practice) I might try and come by on Sunday! Otherwise, have a great hit up!

Oct 29th, 2002, 10:10 PM

Oct 30th, 2002, 02:17 AM
Welcome back to Sydney Benny....I hope you had a good time in Melbourne (well, as good a time as possible ;) )

Anytime u want to come and join us for a hit, you're more than welcome...just check this thread for any days that are being organised and come along if u can...

Oct 30th, 2002, 02:42 AM
Thank you very much martinafan, I will try as hard as I can to come along one day!

Oct 30th, 2002, 05:05 AM
YESS....BENNY (you are welcome)

That is correct, everyone welcomes :D

We will playing on SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2002 (at 2 - 4 pm)

at ATP (Australia Technology Park) Alexandria

How to get there :

Catch the train to the REDFERN Railway station, follow the sign from the station (approx 3-7 minutes walk to the courts)

* By CAR
The courts is located opposite Alexandria POST OFFICE (Cnr Henderson & Mitchell Road Alexandria)
There is plenty park (on the street (its very safe))

Hope you can make it!

Oct 31st, 2002, 01:43 AM

Dean & Steven, Good Luck for your Exams!

Mikey , Good luck for the match at GAY Games.

Colin, have a nice barbeque on Sunday!

Oct 31st, 2002, 03:40 AM
Hey guys I think I should be able to make it on Sunday at 2, just depends how drunk I get on Saturday nite!!!!lol But I'll see you all on Sunday:)

Oct 31st, 2002, 03:52 AM
Originally posted by rightous
Hey guys I think I should be able to make it on Sunday at 2, just depends how drunk I get on Saturday nite!!!!lol But I'll see you all on Sunday:)

Good on you, I'll see you there :D

Oct 31st, 2002, 04:00 AM
Thanks for the well-wishes Eric...just 4 more days and I'm free! :)

LOL - have fun on sunday! :)

Oct 31st, 2002, 04:33 AM

Oct 31st, 2002, 07:45 AM
rightuos i have a date on sat nite, then im going out and getting PLASTERED!!! ;) so im gonna be barely moving sunday...i just need to release some tension after going thru all the grind! i just finished uni today for the year and have two weeks off (before exams).

u better come along one day Benny...hopefully sunday ;) cos i wont be going back for atleast a month after that

Oct 31st, 2002, 07:55 AM

Nov 1st, 2002, 12:11 AM

Nov 2nd, 2002, 05:48 AM
ok guys so see u all tommorow. if anyone opts out, then please post so i can check tommorow morning. thx in advance

Sam L
Nov 2nd, 2002, 06:23 AM
I'm still coming, c u all tomorrow then. I hope it's raining. Has anyone seen the weather outside? :eek:

Actually I take that back, I hope it does rain tonight, we ALL need it, but hope it stops a couple of hours before we play :)

Nov 2nd, 2002, 06:27 AM
hey guys, have lots of fun tomorrow! how many of you are playing tomorrow?

Nov 2nd, 2002, 07:25 AM
Originally posted by Monica@53
hey guys, have lots of fun tomorrow! how many of you are playing tomorrow?

I will bring 3 of my friends

TOTAL is : 7 People

SM, Sam_L, Katulampa (+3), rightous

Nov 4th, 2002, 03:11 AM
When we are going to play together again?

Please tell me on this thread! :D

Mike : How was your match at Round 1 Gay Games?

Steve & sam : Thanks for coming yesterday! it was great

Dean : How is your exams ?

Colin : Have you had nice BBQ yesterday?

Benny & Rightous : Why you didn't come yesterday? next time...?

Nov 4th, 2002, 04:04 AM
Sorry guys I had the hangover form hell and probably would have died on court!!!!!But definely NEXT TIME:)

Nov 4th, 2002, 04:06 AM
Originally posted by rightous
Sorry guys I had the hangover form hell and probably would have died on court!!!!!But definely NEXT TIME:)


Nov 4th, 2002, 06:11 AM
Hi eric..thanks for the question! :)

My exams were ok, i just finished my last one so am very relieved at the moment! :) :) I'm on holidays now, and am working a little bit here and there, so should be able to come sometimes.....

Glad you guys had fun yesterday! :) :) Would have been a VERY hot day for tennis! :o :o

Nov 4th, 2002, 06:25 AM

Good to hear a Great News from you!

Yup, yesterday was hot but OK! at least we were had a FUN Day!

I think I would like to organising again for this week?

Nov 4th, 2002, 06:26 AM
Who can play on :

SATURDAY (9th NOV) or SUNDAY (10th Nov) at 3 - 5 pm

Please post your availability here , thanks

Nov 4th, 2002, 08:29 AM
Hey eric...

Sorry, but i can't make it on either of those days :sad: I have my tennis comp on saturday arvo and on sunday I am working all day :(

I hope a lot of people show up and u have a fun time though....

Nov 4th, 2002, 10:10 AM
hey eric, i had fun too..

btw - DEAN i just got back from tennis with Rad, 3 hours of non stop power ...i hit it hard, it came back harder and harder the whole time:(...my wrist is so damn sore...Sam, my forehand was back 150% woohoo :), but i kinda twisted it yesterday cos i was lazy against u, maybe thats why it hurts now!;)

Nov 4th, 2002, 11:10 AM
Steve - be careful with your wrist, you don't want to develop tendonitis because it's going to be hard to get rid of unless you want to take months off the "tour". spoken by someone who's had wrist problems for the last 5 years....

Nov 4th, 2002, 11:11 AM
btw, eric, wish i could this weekend but i need to concentrate on my assignments but after the 14th, i'll be free most days for tennis so looking forward to seeing you then!

Nov 4th, 2002, 11:16 AM
yeah Mike its been hurting for a while...:(

i think its cos yesterday i was kinda fatigued and didnt swing properly on most balls..kinda twisted my wrist sometimes..and today that guy was hitting HARD and it started killing, but i was enjoying it too much to leave so we stayed 3 hours ;)...ull see this guy one day, perhaps next time, and see what i meant by hard as he only knows one pace :eek:

Nov 5th, 2002, 06:15 AM
OK, Guys!

Seems like We won't playing for this week/weekend, pls let me know if you are available!

Sam L
Nov 5th, 2002, 06:44 AM
Hi Eric, I'm not sure about next weekend. I am free, but see if we can get enough people first before I commit. I keep thinking there's something I should be doing this weekend :confused:

Nov 5th, 2002, 10:14 PM

Nov 5th, 2002, 11:34 PM
Hi Eric - cant do this weekend either as my friends are still here from London - but can do anytime from next Monday onwards.... colin

Nov 8th, 2002, 06:58 AM
Who can play on :

Monday or Tuesday 11 or 12th November 2002

at 3 - 5 pm (at ATP Alexandria)

Please let me know! Hope we can play this time!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Nov 8th, 2002, 08:14 AM
Hi guys - I can do either.... cheers colin

Nov 8th, 2002, 11:41 PM

Nov 9th, 2002, 12:38 AM
Good on u guys!! Hope the same thing may happen in Melbourne soon too!!!

Nov 9th, 2002, 04:19 AM
Originally posted by KingA
Good on u guys!! Hope the same thing may happen in Melbourne soon too!!!

:D Hope so...OZ OZ OZ...OOoooiii!

I can't believed it happen/work! I thought I just have it try! and fortunately All of these guys are willing to play! ;)

I'm so happy my initiative is workin! :bounce:

Thanks for all your support guys!

Sam L
Nov 9th, 2002, 04:21 AM
I work from Mon-Fri, not that I can play tomorrow either, not that I would want to play right now. Guys it's too hot :(

But have fun on Monday or Tuesday guys :)

I'm going down to the beach tomorrow.

I heard there'll be a thunderstorm coming on Wednesday. I pray so.

Doing a rain dance~! ;)

Nov 9th, 2002, 04:37 AM
I live in Jakarta, Can I join :sad:

Nov 9th, 2002, 05:41 AM
SAM it is SO hot i agree :(...i was at the beach tanning(didnt get to have a swim) and i got a call to go play by a m8, got picked up and went and played in my boardies...LOL

im now bright red and came back from 1-5 to win 7-5. It was bloody toture ;)...add to that i slept less than 2 hours cos i had anxiety for my first exam today, and i feel really fvcked.

Nov 9th, 2002, 12:11 PM
I can play on either day really, but it would be easier for me to play on monday.

So, I would prefer to play on Monday if possible...and i'll play if we can get enough players...

good luck to steve for his exams...hope u do well, and finish soon, so u can join us for a hit.

Sorry you can't come sam - enjoy work ;) lol

Nov 10th, 2002, 04:08 AM

Yess, We are going to play on MONDAY 11th Nov 2002 (at 3-5 pm)

at ATP Alexandria

Players confirm are :

* Martinafan
* ColinB
* Katulampa
* Monica@53 ?

For anyone who hasn't confirm their availability, please if you can make it just come along...Everyone is WELCOME!

Nov 10th, 2002, 04:11 AM
Eric, I'd love to try and make it to the tennis tomorrow but it all depends on how I'm going with my stupid essay :( :( if I can make good headway on it today, then I'll definitely be at ATP as well but I'm not really sure at this point..... anyways, have a good day tomorrow guys! :) :)

Nov 10th, 2002, 04:22 AM

Nov 10th, 2002, 01:56 PM

i'll be there!

seeya at 3pm! :)

Nov 10th, 2002, 09:02 PM

Nov 11th, 2002, 02:47 AM
weather doesn't look that good here....wonder if it'll rain?

Nov 11th, 2002, 03:14 AM
The weather here (Alexandria) is perfect for play Tennis (It's not too hot, max around 20 C

It is stiill ON! :D