This weekend was the annual hard court doubles tournament I play every year up here in New Hampshire. And as an astute reader may have noticed, I said â€˜wasâ€™; but it is only Sunday morning.
This is the 14th year for this event; and I was able to win the A/Open (no age) division in years number two and three. But over the years the players have gotten significantly younger and better.
This year, my New Hampshire doubles partner, B. Manning, and I had a first round bye on Friday and first match on Saturday morning. It was against the 35-year-old tennis coach at the local college where the tournament is hosted (Colby Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire) and one of his very good high school pupils.
All that being said, I really think B and I could have beaten them â€“ had we played better; but ended up losing in straight sets. The difference? They won some critical net points and we (I mostly) didnâ€™t put away shots we should have. It wasnâ€™t a matter of choking; more as B said, â€œwe needed to take it to them more than we did.â€
B then played a mixed doubles match with his daughter Megan; and we played a consolation doubles match against two guys we could (and did) beat.
Now, it is time to start looking forward to getting in shape for the Newk Fantasy Camp in October!