Tom McCune and I are both signed up for 65 singles and doubles at this USTA Category II tournament (that suffered through a rainstorm last year). We both played our first round singles match today – against guys “we should beat.”
Tom played Les Mandelker, a lefty from Largo, Florida. They had a long first set that Tom survived 7-5. Tom started fast in the second set and was up 5-0, 30-love, when things “got a little interesting.”
Tom felt (and I agreed) that he got too conservative; and let Les take the offense to break, hold, and break Tom’s serve again. But Les then couldn’t hold serve; so Tom survived 7-5, 6-3.
My match was against Evan Morris, a lawyer from northeastern Ohio. He had an excellent forehand, but mobility and stamina were a problem.
I played a solid first set, hitting most every open court that became available; and won it 6-2.
In the second set, I wanted to “maintain the focus” on every point… and was successful. Fred Stolle has said, “If you look in the dictionary, you’ll find ‘sympathy’ right between ‘shit’ and ‘suicide’.”
So I stayed focused and closed it out 6-0.
Tomorrow: Tom plays #4 seed, Reinaldo Valor – the player he had “major issues on line calls” with last year. And I have the #1 seed, Ray Lake from Kansas City.
Others from Naples… Bill Simonton won 6-3, 6-2; and Larry Albritton also won easily.