Longboat Key Doubles and Momentum

Today, Tom and I played round two against the #4 seeded team (who had beaten us last year at the Colonial). We were feeling good about how we played in the first match and were hoping to carry it forward today.

Regretfully, we did not. Fergusun and Plummer played well and we played just “OK.” So, not good enough for a victory; and not enough to avoid a straight set loss.

Although Bill Plummer was kind enough to comment that my “Emerson-taught” volley was much improved over last year, Tom and not did not convert the Big Point opportunities that we had, which was very disappointing for us both.

In other matches of interest to some segments of readers:

• Pelican Bay’s Super 75 Senior, Gordon Hammes cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 quarter final singles victory
• SW Florida’s Larry Albritton and Frank Bova teamed to knock off the 60’s doubles #4 seeded team 6-4, 7-6
• New Hampshire friend Nick Ourusoff, seeded #4 in the 70s, almost overcame his solid opponent, losing 6-4, 7-6 (11-9 in the tiebreaker).

A link to the draws can be found by clicking here.

But two “Momentum” matches of interest…

In Nick’s match, his opponent was serving for the match 6-4 in the tiebreaker and called a close shot out. Nick politely asked permission to come over and check the mark that had been circled; looked at the mark and said he thought that it was touching the sideline and in.

He asked for a nearby referee to come on the court and check the mark. He did; and agreed with Nick that the ball was in and touching the line. Match point saved.

Nick then gained the momentum and even had set point at 7-6 in the tiebreaker. Unfortunately, his run faltered and he eventually lost the tie breaker 11-9 (and the match).

INCREDIBLE Momentum Story #2

Tom and I watched the #1 55 singles player, Sal Castillo, from San Antonio, play the #3 seed, Sumner Chase from Dallas in an incredible comeback.

Chase, the #3 seed, was serving for the match at 6-4, 5-0 (!!!!) … when the wheels came off.

Chase had gotten to that point of the match crushing the serve and hitting huge topspin forehands and backhands. But at 5-0, cement must have hardened in his arm and his brain; because he literally started blooping his serve in (slower than my second serve!).

It was incredible to watch the MO go totally across the net as Sal won the next seven games and the set 7-5. He then continued and took the third set 6-2.

I saw the loser jogging in the parking lot later and couldn’t think of anything to say to him; so I kept my mouth shut. Perhaps the smartest thing I did today.

2 thoughts on “Longboat Key Doubles and Momentum

  1. George –
    Thanks for keeping us posted on the tournament.

    Regarding the Sumner Chase meltdown: I think at some point or points in any of our extended competitive tournament careers, most of us have “been there and done that”. Looks like he would be another candidate for your good book, “Fearless Tennis”. Dag

    Dag – I agree on both counts! geo

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