Today, Tom and I played the #1 seeded team of big Dave Nash (who just beat me in singles) and Jimmy Parker from Santa Fe (seeded #2 in singles) on the Naples Bath & Tennis “show court.”
And if you could ever feel good about losing, today was one of those days!
Before the match, Tom and I agreed that we really didn’t have a good chance of beating this superior team; so we should not focus on the score; but just “go out there to enjoy ourselves and play good points.” And I felt success in that.
While they did win the first five consecutive games, we had some good points and close games. We finally held my serve to lose the set 6-1.
In the second set, we started serving and were broken; and they held. But then we had a pretty good run, which started with our holding my serve again. One “highlight” for me was serving add in, to look up and see Jimmy Parker standing INSIDE THE SERVICE BOX to return serve. I paused, took a deep breath, and aced him to win the game!
They held to go 3-1; and then we held Tom’s serve for 3-2. We had a good game against Big Dave’s serve; but they held. And then they broke my serve and Jimmy served for the match at 5-2.
Tom and I had a real good return game and jumped to a love-40 lead. Jimmy missed his first serve and I had my second “highlight” moment as I heard Emmo’s voice in my ear (“Hey Blue, stand in the alley and show him your forehand.”) … which I did; and he doubles faulted for the game and 3-5!
They did then come back to break our serve for a 6-1, 6-3 victory; but I felt real good about the experience and how I played against “the big boys.”
Tomorrow, we slide into the consolation doubles bracket to see what damage we may be able to do there.