This past weekend was my only tournament of the summer… the annual Colby-Sawyer College doubles. Teaming with B Manning in the Men’s Open (all ages) and Bob Wilkie and I defending our title in the 60s A Division (4.0 – 5.0), we took to the courts under sunny, hot, and humid skies over New Hampshire.
For some reason, there were virtually no entries in the Open; so our “first round” match was the finals! To give you an indication of what “any age” means, our opponents kept calling me “sir” as they handed me the balls on changeovers! They were in their mid-twenties.
B and I “hung around” throughout the match… I served for the first set at 5-4; but lost the game and the set 7-5. I then served again at 5-4 for the second set and won it. But these two young and streaky players made all their shots in the ten-pointer and won it.
In the 60s, there was a bigger and better draw. Bob and I had a first round bye on Friday; and then on Saturday, cruised to a second round victory (6-0,6-1) over a good team of Sheldon Boege and Bud Rice (who took Whitey Joslin to three sets at the last USTA NE Seniors tournament).
Then on Sunday, after B Manning and I teamed up in the morning in the Open Division, we switched sides of the net, as he teamed up with Tom Diehl to face us in the 60s Finals.
Bob and I stayed in The Zone in the first set; and strangely cruised to a 6-0 victory. The second set was as close as it should have been against this strong team… and for the third time that day, I served at 5-4 for the match, this time (and started getting cramps in my calves!).
But we held serve, won the set and defended our title.
Speaking of titles…. Congratulations to Bill Simonton, who beat both the #2 and #1 seeds on his way to winning the USTA-sanctioned Concord Country Club 70s this weekend.