Before going on the court for our second round doubles match at Cape Coral on Thursday, I received an email from Roy Emerson about Tom and I switching return sides.
“Glad to hear that you & your partner believed in me & finally worked out which sides you should be playing! Pleased to hear it worked. Just remember George, you are on the 1st side & should never miss a return. Keep up the good work.”
Well, sorry to say that I didn’t live up to those perfect expectations in our match.
Our opponents were another tough team of Don Keenan, lefty who beat Tom in the main draw (and me last year) and Don McGoldrick, who beat Tom in the consolation single last week. And they both served very well, with at least nine service winners/aces in their first three service games (a couple of them on second serves!).
And their good serving was the difference in the match. And because the returner was doing his best just to make a decent return, it also took us out of being able to be aggressive at the net.
The first set was still tight, at 7-5, and could have gone either way. The second set was less close at 6-2.
Today, I go back one more time for the singles consolation semi’s against Bob Royden of San Diego (a regular blog commenter).
For the full draw and results of other Florida players, click HERE.