Rain. That was the forecast for Friday, starting about noon in Longboat Key. So Tom McCune got in his second round singles match in the morning; but the rest of us were rained out in the afternoon.
After Tom’s solid three-set victory the day before, he was matched against former World #1 Fred Drilling at 9 am. Tom played well and was able to break Fred a couple of times in the first set (but was broken back) and was serving at 3-4.
It is at those critical times that the tide generally swings in favor of the top players for two equal reasons:
1) Yes, they usually DO raise their games
2) But, the lower ranked player usually also gives them ample opportunity to do that with short shots, missed opportunities, and double faults.
So Drilling broke Tom and then held serve for the first set. In the second, it was similar: Tom played well and tough; but Drilling prevailed.
In another interesting match, Naples/New Hampshire’s Bill Simonton lost to a seeded and moon-balling Don Long in a two sets.
Pelican Bay’s “really Super” Senior, Gordon Hammes was cruising 6-0, 2-1 in his 75 singles match, when the skies opened up.
Those of us (me and Pelican Bay Bob Hayes) waiting to play a consolation singles match got in our cars and drove two hours back to Naples.