Cape Coral Singles

Strange sight when you look at the draw for this week’s USTA Super Senior event in Cape Coral… my name is in red (seeded #4)! A factor of playing well last week + not that many of the top guys entered here.

So luckily, I had a first round bye on freezing Monday morning and today played Don Keenan, a solid, tournament-playing lefty from NJ. Don was seeded last week at Colonial and is a good, baseliner with a solid topspin forehand and very good lefty serve.

He broke me once at 3-4 and won the first set 6-3. In the second set, he broke me again; this time at 2-2. But this time, I was able to break back and felt good as he was serving at 4-5.

My objective the whole match was to “be in control of the points,” moving him side to side and trying to attack his slightly-weaker backhand side. I put the pressure on him in this pressure game and was successful in creating FOUR set points for myself. I missed only one shot and lost all four points! In the other three he saved, he had one stab volley on my good passing shot and two serves that skidded off the side of the lines!

So he held to make it 5-5; but I still felt in control and hopeful to bring it to a third set. But he was able to break me and serve for the match at 6-5. I ran my butt off on a couple of points and scrambled my way to a break and into a second set tie breaker.

Unfortunately, his lefty serve was on in the tiebreak and he won it and the match.

P.S. I was very disappointed with the loss; but am trying to focus on what one of the top players, Hank Irvine (Rhodesian Davis Cupper and Wimbledon pro vet) said to me before the match: “I was watching you play last week at Colonial and said to myself, ‘this guy finally gets it’… he is learning how to move up and play aggressive (not retrieving) tennis.” And that he at least now considers me “a factor” in the tournament draw.

Glass half full?