Ft. Myers singles and doubles

Today’s semi final singles match was against #2 seeded, Don Long from NY. As the seed would indicate, he is a very solid player, who has a squash background with very wristy shots – especially on his backhand.

My game plan was to play more to his forehand and give him somewhat loopy topspin shots, which seemed to be working! I was able to break him in the opening game and then hold my serve.

He then held and broke my serve. But I stuck to the plan and broke him again to be serving at 3-2. Unfortunately, he broke back again; held serve; broke to take the lead; and served out the set at 6-3.

In the second set, he raised his level even higher and made many excellent shots, several off the lines, and even a couple of lucky shots. Even though I played well, he had the edge in every game except the first and cruised to a 6-1 victory.

Chatting with his finals opponent tomorrow, Fred Drilling (former world #1), he said that my strategy was “mostly good” and what he tries to do; but he says I should attack the short ball, come to the net, and make Don try to hit passing shots.

Doubles: After a light lunch, Tom and I teamed up against the #3 seeds, Bill Plummer (lefty from Sarasota, who is also playing in the 60 dubs and seeded #1 there!) and Rich Ferguson. They dominated the first set and took it easily 6-2.

In the second set, we regrouped, got aggressive, and took a “commanding” 3-0, double service break lead. Except the lefty took over the match and the momentum – and they took the next six games and the match, 6-2, 6-3.

My good week in singles was capped off with a surprise… $25 in prize money for making the singles semis!

3 thoughts on “Ft. Myers singles and doubles

  1. George you gotta watch out for those lefties.
    Very nice meeting you in FT Myers

    bill – you played great in both divisions. we just could not keep the ball away from you! geo

  2. Good luck George – dont forget to stop to hit your volleys

    bill – very perceptive! i missed two yday and vowed to practice just that! tks – geo

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