Lessons from Daytona

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 … and some good tennis lessons learned.

Here is what I took away from the matches:

  • Sure, our opponents were at least 10 years younger than most of us; but I think they were also just a little bit better.
  • Fatigue and general quickness was not the major problem; but quality of play and aggressiveness was.
  • When our teams were losing serve, the primary factors were missing first serves and allowing them to tee off on soft second serves.
  • And where we were when hitting that first volley: if we were slow coming in and took the first volley before getting to the service line and low at our feet, we generally lost the point.
  • The opposing teams during critical points, pinched the middle of the court.
  • And at the end of each match, the team that did NOT play conservative, but was aggressive and moving forward, won the match.

Next up: Marc Vandam and I play our second round doubles match Wednesday evening in the 9.0 Naples City Tournament.