Here are two topics for today’s post: this line call and a Longboat Key look back.
First, this line call from my singles match yesterday with young friend Marc VanDam … without saying which side either one of us was on, is this sideline mark IN or OUT?
Second, looking back at the Longboat Key tournament, some notes and observations:
• 55 Singles – Sal Castillo went on from his 0-5 deficit to win both the singles and doubles. He has the sweetest backhand stroke you’d ever want to see; and if I can figure out how to do video, I will try to post my imitation of it soon.
• 65 Singles – I beat my first round opponent real easily… then, Ray Lake beats me real easily … then, Valor beats him 3 and 2… then, Evert Jonnson beats him 0 and 1!! (and in the finals, Hank Irvine beats Jonnson, his doubles partner, in three tight sets). But what does that all say about the levels of play?!
• 70 Singles – How good is Joe Bachmann? In the highly competitive 70s, he loses a total of SIX GAMES in winning his four matches and the title!!
• 75 Singles – And how good is King Van Nostrand? Pelican Bay’s senior’s champ Gordon Hammes beats everyone else, giving up on or two games a match; and then he “does well” and gets four games from King in the finals.
It sure is challenging (and fun) to be able to match up with some of these top players from around the country.
To see all the brackets, click HERE.