Here at David Lloyd Clubs we like to recognise our different and brilliant tennis members from various clubs. Whether they’re a complete beginner, have improved, or are competing at a high level, each month we like to highlight someone special.
Garry Corbett plays tennis in Aberdeen at the David Lloyd Club. Take a look below to find out about his game, how David Lloyd Aberdeen’s tennis facilities and coaches have helped him, and what he hopes to get better at in the future.
Gary Corbett | David Lloyd Aberdeen
Name: Gary Corbett
Club: David Lloyd Aberdeen
Occupation: Company Director
Years playing tennis: 10 years
Favourite player: Andy Murray, and then Rafa if Murray gets knocked out.
Coach: Mark Malcolm
What is your favourite thing about playing at David Lloyd Aberdeen?
Socially I’ve made some quality friends; we’ve been at three weddings of friends I’ve met simply through playing tennis.
I love a good run around and it doesn’t feel like exercising when you are chasing a ball. And, I seem to be improving given that I hadn’t really played before I joined David Lloyd Aberdeen.
Why did you take up tennis?
I thought I was too old to play football and was getting injured more often than not, so it was time for a non-contact, but still competitive, sport! I started with Tennis Welcome session with Mark.
What would you say your individual style of tennis is?
Unorthodox. Lots of running, chasing and getting balls back.
How has tennis helped you in other aspects of your life?
It keeps me fitter than I would be and help me to relax and de-stress. Hopefully it’s a sport I can continue to play throughout the years.
How has your tennis coach helped you improve your game?
Various fine tuning and constructive criticism over the years. Mark concentrates on the positives, rather than the various weaknesses.
What tips do you have for people wanting to get into tennis?
Go for it! If you keep at it, you will get better. And try to play people better than you to improve, even if you get a hiding to start. Concentrate on playing every ball and point, and don’t give up whatever the score is.
What is your best tennis shot and why?
Two handed backhand up the line. (It’s been called the Corbett Shovel by jealous opponents and coaches!!)
What is your weakest tennis shot and how could you improve?
I need to work on my volleying.
Do any of the other David Lloyd Club facilities help you improve your tennis?
I believe there’s a gym there but I’ve only made it through the doors a few times in ten years. A chill in the jacuzzi afterwards instead!
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