Commencement Address by Roger Federer

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At Dartmouth College, the retired tennis champion offered his thoughts on winning and losing.

"In the 1,526 singles matches I played in my career, I won almost 80 percent of those matches," Federer said. "Now, I have a question for all of you. What percentage of the points do you think I won in those matches?"

The answer was 54 percent.

"In other words," he said, "even top-ranked tennis players win barely more than half of the points they play. When you lose every second point on average, you learn not to dwell on every shot."

He went on, "The truth is, whatever game you play in life, sometimes you’re going to lose. A point, a match, a season, a job….The best in the world are not the best because they win every point. It's because they know they'll lose again and again, and have learned how to deal with it."

WOMEN'S DOUBLES TUESDAY TENNIS – Melbourne Eastern Suburbs

Join Our Inter-Club Women's Doubles Competition!

MEMRLTA organises a Tuesday women's doubles inter-club competitions in the Melbourne eastern metropolitan area. Matches are played every Tuesday except during State school term holidays and public holidays. While our by-law states that matches shall commence at 10am or at a time mutually agreed upon, the majority of matches commence at 9:30am.

Looking for a club to join?

See below for the list of Melbourne eastern suburbs tennis clubs currently participating in MEMRLTA. Many clubs welcome new players looking to join a team.

Organising your own team?

Other clubs within eastern metropolitan Melbourne are most welcome to apply. Put together a team and join our comp! All levels welcome. For further information, please contact our Secretary

Don't have a team?

You can still play! Join our Emergency Pool. All levels welcomed. Being an Emergency Pool Player is a good way to find a team to join who you enjoy playing with!

Women's Doubles Competition Format

Each match consists of 6 sets of ladies' doubles: 1st & 2nd players, 3rd & 4th, 1st & 3rd, 2nd & 4th, 1st & 4th, and 2nd & 3rd.

Sets are eight game sets with no advantage, that is, each set is first to eight games, no tie-break (except in Section 1 which has a tie-break at 7 games all). Players participating in matches must be financial members of the clubs registering them, or a member of our Emergency Pool.

If the temperature reaches 32°C at the appointed starting time or at any time thereafter, play may be stopped at the option of either captain.

There are two seasons each year: Summer and Winter. Both seasons comprise 10 teams per section although approximately every 5 years, to balance available Tuesdays, the Winter season is altered to consist of 8 teams per section.

Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Tennis Clubs Competing in MEMRLTA

Competition currently encompasses the tennis clubs listed below. Other clubs within eastern metropolitan Melbourne are most welcome to apply. For further information, please contact our Secretary.