Well against The World #1 Fred Drilling today, I played very, very well! Continue reading
Well, this is the Big One! With 71 entries in the 65 singles, my first round match was today against Rich Curvelo of Sarasota. Continue reading
Did you ever play someone who hit such an extreme â€œchopâ€ slice on his forehand that the ball took the spin off your racquet and went down into the net? Well in our Friday quarter final match was against the team of Bob Gargiula (he who graduated from Hofstra the same year I did) and his regular partner, Alan Schreiber, both from New York, that is what we faced. Continue reading
In our first round 65 doubles match Thursday, Dick Valentine and I played two solid players, Tom Bazemore, Burlington, NC and Donald McGoldrick, Loudonville, NY (and Ireland). They must have scouted us or heard that you have to keep us off the net; because they started out lobbing every other shot. Continue reading
My first round singles match today was against Gary Wilson from D.C., who played well in the first two tournaments; so I expected we would have a close match (even if I am now a â€œBig Timeâ€ seeded player!)â€¦ and we did.
Having taken off last week to fly into the Connecticut snow for business, this week is the third in the USTA Super Senior Florida Grand Prix at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. There are 41 players in the menâ€™s 65 singles draw with 10 seeds. Guess who is seeded #10. Continue reading
The Ft. Myers doubles semi finals matched Dick and me against the #3 seeds, Ed Harrar and Barry Shollenberger, from outside of Tampa. During warm-up, it appeared Ed was the bigger and harder hitter, playing the deuce court and Barry was the steady, no-miss guy in the ad court. Continue reading
Our Friday doubles quarter finals match was against the #2 seeds, Tom Galeazzi and Bob Gargiula, both from Long Island, NY. During the warmup, we could see they were steady players with goods hands; but, again, not as mobile as Dick and me. Continue reading
Although I was somewhat dehydrated from all the play on Wednesday, Tuesday morning I felt pretty good for my quarter final singles match against the â€œtwo forehandedâ€ #3 seed, Steve Lundsford from Stuart, Florida.
Second singles vs. seed Having won the first match, Wednesdayâ€™s singles match was against the #7 seed, Tony Cessna from KY. He had beaten me two years ago at the Naples Bath tournament; but I had a plan.
The January Senior TournamentsÂ – Well, it is THAT time of year again: time for the start of the USTA Super Senior series of Florida tournaments. Continue reading
While at tennis camp this year, I asked several of the Legends a doubles strategy question: If the correct pairing of a doubles team is opposites, one being an aggressive hitter (who will make some errors) and the other is Mr. Steady, which side of the court should each play? Continue reading