The third USTA Super Seniors January tournament is at Sterling Oaks in the northern end of Naples. In the singles, I had a first round bye and played Bob Tilley, a very solid baseliner from MA on Tuesday.
Bob had easily won his first round match on Monday; and was a formidable opponent, with a good serve, solid groundstrokes, and good wheels. My plan was to play equally solid baseline tennis; but to be more aggressive and force the points.
That worked up to a point. We had long, long rallies… where I tried to move him side to side and keep the offensive. But I ended up still being not patient enough and forcing some shots into errors. He won the first set 6-4 and then the second 6-3.
As a testament to the length of the points, the match time was just about two hours.
Doubles: My doubles partner, Tom McCune was on the next court also playing a two-set, two-hour match; but he won his. So we then changed clothes and went back on the court for our first round doubles match against Dave Huff, from SC (who Tom just beat in singles) and Mike Robinson, from VA.
This was the first time this team had ever played together and Tom and I were able to dominate and win easily 6-1, 6-0.
Wednesday: Tom plays one of the seeds in singles and I am in the consolation round (again); and later in the afternoon we team up against the #3 seeded team of Don Long and Sam Corso (who has a gold ball).
P.S. For those playing in the 55 singles draw, the #1 seed is Roscoe Tanner! (yes, THAT Roscoe Tanner).