This week is the fourth, and biggest, of the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix tour at the University Park Country Club, near Sarasota. My first round singles match was against Bob Begelman (Long Island to MD); and “I played like Roger Federer.”
The trouble was… he played like Rafa Nadal! I have never played against anyone with such a loopy, high bouncing topspin forehand + a serve that was very similar!
At first, I played my regular game; but all the balls were bouncing up around my shoulders (like Fed), and my shots were ineffective. So I tried crowding both his high bouncing serves and his ground strokes to take them on the rise; but missed too many.
So eventually, I moved BACK and let the ball come down more. Then, we had some excellent, long rallies of 6, 8, 12 shots. But I either got impatient and went for too much, or he got a shorter ball and attacked.
It was a loss of one service break in the first set and two in the second set. So I am now in the Consol singles and waiting for doubles to start tomorrow.
ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO AGAINST A LOOPY TOPSPINNER??
I watched Begelman play his second match today vs. Tommie George (MA); and he beat him about the same way and similar score as he did me. (P.S. Begelman has a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Larry Albritton on his tennis resume).
For other singles results, please click HERE.