Saturdayâ€™s semi final doubles match was against the #2 seeded team of Hill Griffin of Atlanta and Ivo Barbic, , a former professional player from Yugoslavia and France, who has a Gold ball and is now the tennis director at North Fulton Tennis Center in Atlanta.
They won the toss and elected to receive; so I had to serve the first game (in front of a crowd of about 40 spectators â€“ most of whom were cheering for us local underdogs). We felt good to hold and even better when we were able to break Hillâ€™s serve in the fourth game.
But serving at 3-1, we gave back the break and went on to go down a break. Crossing over with them serving at 5-4, I told our fans, â€œWell, we got them just where we like to be!â€
So with Ivo serving we took a 15-40 lead but ended up NOT converting a total of five break points to lose the first set 6-4.
In the second set, we stayed mostly on serve; and with Ivo serving 4-5 to stay in the set, we had one set point. But we didnâ€™t convert; and then lost our serve to go down 6-5. We played a close game, but they closed it out for a 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Two sets, two hours. And when I got home, I was down seven pounds from yesterday morning. I want to thank Dick Valentine for being a great partner! Time to eat and drink some beer and get ready for the Patriots!