Well, I â€œRicedâ€ (rest/ice/compression/elevation) my groin injury from last weekâ€™s doubles in Ft. Myers (see posting below) over the weekend and played singles today at Cambier Park, Naples, in the second of the four January USTA tournaments.
My opponent was Roger Upton, a nice guy and nice player from Atlanta. During the warm-up my leg felt fine and I determined he did not have any real weapons to beat me. So if I could stay healthy, focused, and play controlled aggressive tennis, I would be OK.
In the first set, I held and broke and felt in control serving the third game, when I felt the groin pull again. My movement became limited; but I struggled to hold and he held serve to make it 3-1 me. His best shot was a two-handed backhand angled cross court, which was the toughest move for me to make; so I decided to serve and volley/ and come to the net whenever I could. The strategy surprised him enough that I was able to take the set at 6-1.
In the second set, the strategy and my shots were still working and I went up 4-1 serving. He then started zeroing in on the nice target of my limping to the net and got Mr. Mo on his side to bring it back to his serving at 5-5!
When he went up 40-love, I confess to thinking about getting it to a tie breaker; but he missed a couple of shots. On the next point, 40-30, I pushed myself wide just to â€œget one more ball back in playâ€ and his missed a sitter at the net. Mr. Mo switched to my side and I was able to break and then serve it out to take the set and the match 7-5.
Tomorrowâ€™s next round will be at 12:30 against a player from North Carolina who I do not know, Richard Shipman; but saw him upset the #5 seed Tony Cessna, from KY.
Opinion wanted: from anyone with expertise in muscle/tendon pullsâ€¦ mine is inside my thigh, attaching into the groin area. If I can play with the discomfort, any real danger of major injury?