â€œThis is a game of errors.â€ Famous tennis writer and fellow Newk camper, Joel Drucker quoted Jose Higuerasâ€™ tennis philosophy in one of his ESPN tennis columns. Continue reading
Anthony Rasile, an in-shape, lefty, baseliner originally from Long Island and now from Naples, and I played our Naples 65 Singles finals this morning. Continue reading
Well, I scouted my opponent in his semi final match before our singles finals, scheduled for Tuesday morning at 9:30.
They are a rare bird on the senior tennis circuit, but every so often you spot The Cheater on the other side of the net. What do you do? Continue reading
Marc Vandam and I faced the #1 seeded team late Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m., with the temp in the high 80â€™s, but the humidity low. The opposition was Rob Bankowski, a 40-year-old lefty and Jim Harris, a 32-year-old 5.0 righty â€“ and last yearâ€™s champions. Continue reading
Looking back to our time at the USTA 4.5 / age 50 league matches in Daytona, I feel even though we came up short on the scores, it was a tennis and social experience well worth having â€¦ and some good tennis lessons learned.
Well, I went from playing Super Seniors yesterday to â€œJuniorsâ€ today. Marc Vandam and I had our first round 9.0 doubles match against two 28 year old big baseline bangers from Ft. Myers. Continue reading
Today, Dick Valentine and I played our first and last match in the Naples City 65+ doubles bracket. Continue reading
In the month of May, after most of the Snow Birds have left town, the city of Naples holds its tennis tournament. Since I will be here for the month and healthy this year, I have entered three categories: age 65+ singles, 65+ doubles with January tournament partner Dick Valentine, and (no age) 4.5 doubles with my young friend, Marc Vandam. Continue reading
Sunday mornings matches were at 8:15 a.m. against one of the top teams, from the Tampa area. Today, I had my fourth partner in four matches, Captain Bob Baker; and we had a very good match. Continue reading
Well, our winless team took the court Saturday morning against another winless team from Orlando and the matches were all close.
In the afternoon match, we played the team from St. Pete; and I teamed up with Tom McCune, while Dick went back to team with Matt Davie; and Bob and Don stayed together on the first court.
Tom and I played OK against a young and good team. And OK wasnâ€™t good enough. They beat us handily. Both other courts had close matches; but with the same result. So I am sorry to report, the Boys From Naples are 0-6 at the end of the first day.
Dick Valentine commented that was the first match he and Matt had lost at Daytona in two years of coming here for sectionals or nationals. They had been 10-0. But he also observed that was at the 4.0 level in the Super Seniors 60s; and here we are playing 4.5 and Seniors, mostly guys in their 50s. Much tougher competition.
We shall see what Saturday brings. (sorry, but the comment function seems to be not functioning on this post)
After DeDe and I spent a nice vacation day in Americaâ€™s oldest city, St. Augustine, we arrived in Daytona on Thursday. Four of us went out to the USTA center for a practice session and found it out in the open, across from the LPGA, and a stiff wind out of the northeast. Continue reading