Self Isolation - Again...

3loudboys

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What are the worst shots you have ever hit?

I remember mine in a mixed doubles league match which had a start time straight after work. I was in a massive rush to get there on time and inevitably arrived late keeping the other three players waiting, although they were pretty good about it and our opponents didn't take the first set by default even though they were entitled to. So got no real warm up and went straight in. We won the toss and my partner, who is ex-army and very confident, decided we should serve first - I'm not going to argue. She then tossed the balls to me to kick it off so I took aim with virtually no warm up. Sadly but also hysterically, my first serve missed our court entirely and went way right past the next court almost hitting another pair playing a separate match, they had to replay the point because of my wayward blunderbuss first serve. I couldn't help it and cracked up, my partner also started laughing which quite surprise me as I expected the hair dryer treatment. Our opponents just looked confused and expected an easy ride. We won in straights.
 

ByeByePoly

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What are the worst shots you have ever hit?

I remember mine in a mixed doubles league match which had a start time straight after work. I was in a massive rush to get there on time and inevitably arrived late keeping the other three players waiting, although they were pretty good about it and our opponents didn't take the first set by default even though they were entitled to. So got no real warm up and went straight in. We won the toss and my partner, who is ex-army and very confident, decided we should serve first - I'm not going to argue. She then tossed the balls to me to kick it off so I took aim with virtually no warm up. Sadly but also hysterically, my first serve missed our court entirely and went way right past the next court almost hitting another pair playing a separate match, they had to replay the point because of my wayward blunderbuss first serve. I couldn't help it and cracked up, my partner also started laughing which quite surprise me as I expected the hair dryer treatment. Our opponents just looked confused and expected an easy ride. We won in straights.
One of my worse shots was also in mixed doubles ... which I rarely played. I had recently developed (almost) a kick serve. I'm serving ... totally framed the serve ... hit my mixed doubles partner at the net squarely in the back of the head. She wobbled ... but didn't go down ... finished the match. I felt terrible. One of the few times not having a big serve saved a life.
 

esm

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Good ones. I think one of my worst shots was an attempt of a kick serve, which I badly framed the ball and went over to the next court, then hit someone on the back - that was rather embarrassing (and I lost the game) lol
 

esm

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Looks like serves are the worst shot for everyone. Maybe we should try some under arms a la Kygrios?
Oh yes, I have been doing them once a little while.
It is great when it works, but it is laughable when my under arm serve barely gets over the net. Lol
 

3loudboys

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Lockdown looks like a dead cert - shame he should have done this back in September and listened to the science guys back then. Now instead of 2 weeks we look likely to be 4 weeks out, hurting the businesses he tried to protect in the first place. Now we have 300 or so who dying every day because of his lack of action.

Back to square 1 again mate, looks like we'll be swapping ideas on activities over November. I have one for tonight's Halloween - Connery film (RIP Sean) followed by the original Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween. Maybe a glass of the good stuff as well, although not to much as at another tournie tomorrow.
 
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Yep - agree with all of that.
I need to discuss with the wife and the ex-wife on whether we are going to let both girls to go back to nursery/primary school....

RIP Sir Connery. Was looking at where I can get Dr. No to watch this weekend.
Good luck with the tournament for tomorrow. Where is it at this time? (y)
 

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Yep - agree with all of that.
RIP Sir Connery. Was looking at where I can get Dr. No to watch this weekend.
Good luck with the tournament for tomorrow. Where is it at this time? (y)
Thanks, we are over in Hayes Middlesex in an U18's - he's only just turned 13 so its going to be land of the giants for him! Played Georgians U14 regional last week and made the quarters where he lost to the number 1 seed. Good performances again and saved 6 match points in the R16 and broke the local boys heart who played a great game. He's thoroughly enjoying the tournaments and is gutted that another lockdown is looming.
 
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Yep - agree with all of that.
I need to discuss with the wife and the ex-wife on whether we are going to let both girls to go back to nursery/primary school....

RIP Sir Connery. Was looking at where I can get Dr. No to watch this weekend.
Good luck with the tournament for tomorrow. Where is it at this time? (y)
Amazon Prime have Dr. No. Hope you enjoy!
 
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Happi

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My son 14 yo was sent home from school today as one of his close friends was tested positive for Corona. He is in selfisolation now and enjoying him self gaming on his computer, no symptoms. We will all be tested this Sunday, and until then we will have minimum social contact (me and my wife are not requested to self isolate), so no tennis before test answers.

@3loudboys did you isolate the whole family or just your son. I guess if the virus is in the house it is not possible to avoid.

So far so good, no symptoms in the family......
 

3loudboys

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My son 14 yo was sent home from school today as one of his close friends was tested positive for Corona. He is in selfisolation now and enjoying him self gaming on his computer, no symptoms. We will all be tested this Sunday, and until then we will have minimum social contact (me and my wife are not requested to self isolate), so no tennis before test answers.

@3loudboys did you isolate the whole family or just your son. I guess if the virus is in the house it is not possible to avoid.

So far so good, no symptoms in the family......
So sorry to hear that and hope that he and all the family are infection free. Over here we had to self isolate as a whole family for 14 days or until we got the test result back negative. I guess that is the safest way.

We found good food and plenty of games helped a lot. Sounds like your son has the latter part sorted already! The suggestions on this thread were also really helpful and provided great support during the isolation period. TT was fantastic in both instances and much respect to all thos members who shared experiences and support, like your good self!

How about some keepy uppy's - I still remember @Sir Weeds's skills. Will check in tomorrow to see how you guys are. Stay safe mate.
 

acintya

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Jesus is coming, but first the Antichrist. 7 year long tribulation period is before us.

u didnt expect this message or?

why do you think they do all this?
the answer is: to collapse the economic system
you will see.
 

3loudboys

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My 16 year old son has lost his sense of smell totally and has had a headache for the last couple of days. We have been advised to self-isolate again, will this never end. The good news is that he is very well with only mild symptoms if Covid and we got a test today so have my fingers crossed that it is another negative result. He is even revising for his GCSE's as he is such a good lad. Huge plus from the NHS - we got tested within an hour of being referred at a local testing centre. That is a real step in the right direction following our last experience. Hope you guys are all well.
 

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My 16 year old son has lost his sense of smell totally and has had a headache for the last couple of days. We have been advised to self-isolate again, will this never end. The good news is that he is very well with only mild symptoms if Covid and we got a test today so have my fingers crossed that it is another negative result. He is even revising for his GCSE's as he is such a good lad. Huge plus from the NHS - we got tested within an hour of being referred at a local testing centre. That is a real step in the right direction following our last experience. Hope you guys are all well.
sorry to hear that, but glad the junior is doing relatively okay. good luck with the test and all the best (y)
 

3loudboys

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Sadly my 16 year old son tested positive for Covid but he is feeling really chipper and very happy playing on his new Gaming PC - rainbow Six Siege I think is his current favourite. My eldest son who is 18 is now also feeling unwell so we have been to the test centre tonight and got him tested as well. He's not to bad at all but he is a little concerned about it quite understandably. This means another 14 days isolation for all the family and it is beginning to drag on us all a little now. My wife and youngest are fine with no symptoms thankfully. I can only imagine that they have picked this up at school where it is near on impossible for social distancing rules to be enforced and bubbles per year group to be maintained. Am beginning to seriously question the decision to keep schools open as it is as I suspected when the national lockdown was reintroduced, that kids are taking this home to more vulnerable demographs through no fault of there own.
 

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Sadly my 16 year old son tested positive for Covid but he is feeling really chipper and very happy playing on his new Gaming PC - rainbow Six Siege I think is his current favourite. My eldest son who is 18 is now also feeling unwell so we have been to the test centre tonight and got him tested as well. He's not to bad at all but he is a little concerned about it quite understandably. This means another 14 days isolation for all the family and it is beginning to drag on us all a little now. My wife and youngest are fine with no symptoms thankfully. I can only imagine that they have picked this up at school where it is near on impossible for social distancing rules to be enforced and bubbles per year group to be maintained. Am beginning to seriously question the decision to keep schools open as it is as I suspected when the national lockdown was reintroduced, that kids are taking this home to more vulnerable demographs through no fault of there own.
Sorry to hear that again. Hope the boys will be alright and pull through, and all the best to you guys with another isolation.
I agree with the thoughts on the lockdown 2.0 vs. keeping school open. I will be having another conversations with the wife and the ex wife about the schools for both girls from next week. My current thoughts are they should continue to stay at home, as the recent new daily cases and daily death aren’t very encouraging......
good luck - pls let me know if you need anything, as I am only a drive away. I will ping you my number via PM.
 

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Sadly my 16 year old son tested positive for Covid but he is feeling really chipper and very happy playing on his new Gaming PC - rainbow Six Siege I think is his current favourite. My eldest son who is 18 is now also feeling unwell so we have been to the test centre tonight and got him tested as well. He's not to bad at all but he is a little concerned about it quite understandably. This means another 14 days isolation for all the family and it is beginning to drag on us all a little now. My wife and youngest are fine with no symptoms thankfully. I can only imagine that they have picked this up at school where it is near on impossible for social distancing rules to be enforced and bubbles per year group to be maintained. Am beginning to seriously question the decision to keep schools open as it is as I suspected when the national lockdown was reintroduced, that kids are taking this home to more vulnerable demographs through no fault of there own.
Sorry to hear that, I hope for you all that you will stay healthy and not get sick by the virus. Seems like most young people only have mild symptoms. At my son school here in Denmark, he is in 8th grade (14yo) two pupils just testet positive in the other class. I think it is very difficult once the virus enters a school to get rid of it again, so I think it is just a matter of time before the close down 8th grade (they are luckily in another location than the rest of the school).

I don't know if the news has been to the UK, but Denmark is marked leader in mink fur production, and it seem like the virus can live in mink and mutate and jump back to humans. They found several mutations from mink to humans already, and one mutation seem like it is not responding on a future vaccine. So all very complicated. We are now killing all 15 million minks in Denmark, and the mink farmers lives are totally destructed (they will get compensated, but a lot has been family business for generations). At a broader perspective one can always discuss the ethical in producing animals in cages to be skinned for their fur, it is forbidden in several countries in EU already. But what I am telling is that this situation could last for a longer period, and somehow we need to prepare for that.

When my son was in self isolation in his room, he actually liked this a lot, he had roomservice :) and was gaming a lot (his parents could not enter his room), so if you can perhaps turn off the internet for a few hours.... I was thinking of bringing my stringing machine home from the studio, and teach the lad to string racquets, then he could perhaps also later make some money from stringing racquets from players at the club. Perhaps this could be a suggestion for your boys, get a stringer and learn how to string racquets.

I wish you and your family all the best, try to make the best out of the isolation period, get the boys active and away from the computer that would be my advice.
 

3loudboys

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Sorry to hear that again. Hope the boys will be alright and pull through, and all the best to you guys with another isolation.
I agree with the thoughts on the lockdown 2.0 vs. keeping school open. I will be having another conversations with the wife and the ex wife about the schools for both girls from next week. My current thoughts are they should continue to stay at home, as the recent new daily cases and daily death aren’t very encouraging......
good luck - pls let me know if you need anything, as I am only a drive away. I will ping you my number via PM.
Thank you mate for the support and the offer for help - that is very kind. For me the only reason the first lockdown worked was because it was non-discriminatory, everyone was required to stay home. This time round kids mingling is a real disaster. It's almost every other day I get an email from school about a certain year group and cases. Would be safer to give them low cost laptops or chromebooks and do the lessons on Zoom or Teams. Protects all the kids, parents and teaching staff. My wife works at a school and like me is knocking on the door of 50 so I am concerned for her given the kids not really social distancing and not wearing masks.

How are your girls schools coping with the pandemic? I hope that they are managing better than what we have here and they are al ok. Stay safe.
 
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3loudboys

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Sorry to hear that, I hope for you all that you will stay healthy and not get sick by the virus. Seems like most young people only have mild symptoms. At my son school here in Denmark, he is in 8th grade (14yo) two pupils just testet positive in the other class. I think it is very difficult once the virus enters a school to get rid of it again, so I think it is just a matter of time before the close down 8th grade (they are luckily in another location than the rest of the school).

I don't know if the news has been to the UK, but Denmark is marked leader in mink fur production, and it seem like the virus can live in mink and mutate and jump back to humans. They found several mutations from mink to humans already, and one mutation seem like it is not responding on a future vaccine. So all very complicated. We are now killing all 15 million minks in Denmark, and the mink farmers lives are totally destructed (they will get compensated, but a lot has been family business for generations). At a broader perspective one can always discuss the ethical in producing animals in cages to be skinned for their fur, it is forbidden in several countries in EU already. But what I am telling is that this situation could last for a longer period, and somehow we need to prepare for that.

When my son was in self isolation in his room, he actually liked this a lot, he had roomservice :) and was gaming a lot (his parents could not enter his room), so if you can perhaps turn off the internet for a few hours.... I was thinking of bringing my stringing machine home from the studio, and teach the lad to string racquets, then he could perhaps also later make some money from stringing racquets from players at the club. Perhaps this could be a suggestion for your boys, get a stringer and learn how to string racquets.

I wish you and your family all the best, try to make the best out of the isolation period, get the boys active and away from the computer that would be my advice.
Thanks for the support again Happi, this is the 3rd time now so hopefully this will be the end of it. That sounds terrible about the Mink farmers and it must heartbreaking for them. Whilst we may have different beliefs on animals the impact on those family's must be devastating. The mutation of the virus sounds even more worrying though if the vaccine doesnt work against it. Hope that it can be isolated and a new vaccine developed in double time. We have it being rolled out in the UK in December to more vulnerable groups and it looks like it provides a good proportion 90% protection.

Very good advice on internet, my boys are all typical teens, tech savvy and love being immersed in it. I do have WiFi controls so can regulate it if it gets to much, which is when they get grumpy. They always argue that it is a 21st century thing, perhaps I am getting like a grandad lol. I like the idea of teaching him how to string and I have my old machine gathering dust under the stairs so will definitely suggest it to him today. Was meaning to order a new reel, Kirschbaums Max Power Rough 1.25.

How is your son and family getting on? I hope all is well and stay safe. I think one day we Covid vets should get some tennis on and enjoy hitting a few balls followed by a beer or two.
 

esm

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Thank you mate for the support and the offer for help - that is very kind. For me the only reason the first lockdown worked was because it was non-discriminatory, everyone was required to stay home. This time round kids mingling is a real disaster. It's almost every other day I get an email from school about a certain year group and cases. Would be safer to give them low cost laptops or chromebooks and do the lessons on Zoom or Teams. Protects all the kids, parents and teaching staff. My wife works at a school and like me is knocking on the door of 50 so I am concerned for her given the kids not really social distancing and not wearing masks.

How are your girls schools coping with the pandemic? I hope that they are managing better than what we have here and they are al ok. Stay safe.
no probs dude.
yeah - it is tricky re: school and the super-spreaders.
the eldest's primary school (year 5) is doing okay, and the youngest's nursery has a few sick kids and people shielding - so it was easy for us to get both off during the lockdown. :p
all the best and stay safe. we still need to catch you to hit a few yellow fluffy balls :-D
 

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no probs dude.
yeah - it is tricky re: school and the super-spreaders.
the eldest's primary school (year 5) is doing okay, and the youngest's nursery has a few sick kids and people shielding - so it was easy for us to get both off during the lockdown. :p
all the best and stay safe. we still need to catch you to hit a few yellow fluffy balls :-D
Stay vigilant and am chomping at the bit for a hit. My sons have been shadow swinging in the lockdown and am fascinated by the wrist lag concept. Tried myself and works really well when no ball incoming so got to try on court asap. Hopefully over your way!
 
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Huge respect to NHS test and trace, they have been on it like a car bonnet today - 4 calls in total to enquire who my son has seen and where he has been. Whilst it takes some time to answer all the questions its comforting to know that the health experts are on this from a preventative stand point. Good advice from the rep today - slightly tempered by the reinforcement that these are legally required rules!
 

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The result came in for my eldest son and he has unsurprisingly tested positive as well. He is really doing very well again with only very mild symptoms - he thinks the whole thing is a big inconvenience! We have provided a continuous waitress service and both boys are well fed with plenty of digital entertainment - possibly to much but what the heck. Our local shopkeeper delivers for us which is very kind so we have a continuous supply of goodies during the isolating period - we are very lucky in that regard.

The lockdown in England is scheduled to end on 2 December but we had record cases over the last few days and daily deaths almost averaging 500 a day, not sure how the government can bring it to a close despite everyone wanting it to be with those stats. I hope that everyone is sensible and stays within the rules at least giving them a chance to make an impact.
 
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Congratulations to Moderna and their vaccine - from a trial of 30,000 participants - almost 95% protection. A big step in the global fight against Covid and hugely reassuring that a billion doses will be ready early next year.
 

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Congratulations to Moderna and their vaccine - from a trial of 30,000 participants - almost 95% protection. A big step in the global fight against Covid and hugely reassuring that a billion doses will be ready early next year.
yep - was just reading that on BBC news. very encouraging news!
how are the boys doing? are they well and still digitally entertained & well fed? :-D
 

ByeByePoly

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Congratulations to Moderna and their vaccine - from a trial of 30,000 participants - almost 95% protection. A big step in the global fight against Covid and hugely reassuring that a billion doses will be ready early next year.
Yes ... without the - 75 F requirement of the Pfizer vaccine. Regular freezers will do. I heard this morning we will need mass production from both.
 

3loudboys

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Yes ... without the - 75 F requirement of the Pfizer vaccine. Regular freezers will do. I heard this morning we will need mass production from both.
BoJo was trying to order some asap and I sincerely hope that he succeeds. I believe it can also be stored in a refrigerator for a few days as well which helps a little with the distribution.
 

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yep - was just reading that on BBC news. very encouraging news!
how are the boys doing? are they well and still digitally entertained & well fed? :-D
They are both well thank you - more fed up with being stuck in than anything else really. At least there internet activity hasn't diminished and I really don't want to check the stats this week. Suggested learning the stringer but received nothing more than a luke warm response but my expectations weren't high. One big plus is that they are both doing some schoolwork and given how they feel v impressed with both. I hope this urge doesn't leave them when they get rid of the virus...:D
 

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They are both well thank you - more fed up with being stuck in than anything else really. At least there internet activity hasn't diminished and I really don't want to check the stats this week. Suggested learning the stringer but received nothing more than a luke warm response but my expectations weren't high. One big plus is that they are both doing some schoolwork and given how they feel v impressed with both. I hope this urge doesn't leave them when they get rid of the virus...:D
good to know they are at least occupied by some of the school work.
re: stringer - suppose it isnt for everyone, but definitely no harm in trying to get the boys to do the stringing themselves 8-B. maybe set challenges on how quickly each can do a stringing job:-D
 

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They are both well thank you - more fed up with being stuck in than anything else really. At least there internet activity hasn't diminished and I really don't want to check the stats this week. Suggested learning the stringer but received nothing more than a luke warm response but my expectations weren't high. One big plus is that they are both doing some schoolwork and given how they feel v impressed with both. I hope this urge doesn't leave them when they get rid of the virus...:D
How are the boys and rest of the fam?
 

3loudboys

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How are the boys and rest of the fam?
Good thanks mate, they are both allowed to go out in lockdown conditions as their isolation is over today! My wife, my youngest and I have another 4 days to go so we are nearly done as well thankfully. Hoping now that the lockdown is ended on 2 December as planned and we can get some sort of exercise going again. Have spent so much on good food deliveries - lockdown belly is here again and needs to be reined in.

The Tour finals have been pretty good this year with some cracking matches and a most welcome distraction - I thought Theim vs Rafa was excellent as was Med vs Djokovid. They came at just the right time for us personally as we got two good matches a day to watch when very little else to do. I say two - I have been working FT so watched the evening ties. Is it me or did Djoker tank game 8 onwards vs Med?

How are you guys? Hopefully everyone is well and ducking Covid. Good news all round on the vaccine front with 3 out there already with over 90% protection and the Oxford Uni one not far off either.
 
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Good thanks mate, they are both allowed to go out in lockdown conditions as their isolation is over today! My wife, my youngest and I have another 4 days to go so we are nearly done as well thankfully. Hoping now that the lockdown is ended on 2 December as planned and we can get some sort of exercise going again. Have spent so much on good food deliveries - lockdown belly is here again and needs to be reined in.

The Tour finals have been pretty good this year with some cracking matches and a most welcome distraction - I thought Theim vs Rafa was excellent as was Med vs Djokovid. They came at just the right time for us personally as we got two good matches a day to watch when very little else to do. I say two - I have been working FT so watched the evening ties. Is it me or did Djoker tank game 8 onwards vs Med?

How are you guys? Hopefully everyone is well and ducking Covid. Good news all round on the vaccine front with 3 out there already with over 90% protection and the Oxford Uni one not far off either.
Good to hear!
Yeah, been catching up with the WTF here and there also. Some interesting games and enjoyed most.
we are well - looking forward to the daily figures going down and out fo the lockdown 2.0 on 02/12... some good news about the potential vaccine plan too, so will see how that pans out.
take care and look forward to catching up.
 

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@3loudboys just checking up on you and your family.

Yesterday I played tennis (double) with a guy that has just been sick with Covid 19, he told me is was kind of a really bad flue, and that 5 days after he is symptom free he can get out of isolation. I was kind of skeptical and asked him if he has bee tested negative, he told me that he can still test postitive for 1-2 months. I did some research and found an article that told me that 9 days after the first symptoms arrive there is no live virus in the body. They we referring to this study:


I am sure you have the same info, and soon can get out into the world again.

All my best to you.
 
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We are all well thanks @Happi - good to hear from. Must say very jealous that you were able to get out and play some tennis. I am very much looking forward to that.

The older boys are pretty much symptom free now and are out of isolation. Just my youngest, wife and I that need to isolate until Tuesday. On Wednesday planning on going on a long bike ride to stretch the legs.

Really encouraging is the vaccine developments, in the UK plans are to vaccinate the very vulnerable in care homes and key workers in December and then roll out in January. Combine that with quick testing and we almost back to normal.

Normal being playing tennis and obsessing about matches, gear and technique! That and ferrying my kids to their sporting events.

Are your family all well?
 
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