Each summer for the last 19 (?) years, the one tournament I play is a nice doubles-only event at the Colby-SawyerCollege in New London, New Hampshire; and it was this weekend.
B. Manning and I teamed up again in the Men’s A Open division and Bob Wilkie and I defended our title in the Men’s A 60+ division.
The “Open” really was just that … I was surely the oldest player in the draw; and it went from me down to teams in their 50’s, 40’s, one from the local college, one from a nearby high school, and a twelve-year-old protégé visiting from Bermuda!
After a first-round bye, B and I played against the Bermudian protégé, Dylan Powell and his partner, Barry Schoonmaker, the tennis coach at the college Saturday morning. The youngster was nervous to start; so we won 11 of the first 12 games, to be leading 6-0, 5-1 match point, with the Bermudian serving.
With B, I return from the ad court; and I hit a nice deep backhand service return to his corner, which he would have missed or put up a sitter for B to put away at the net. But a ball rolled onto the court and we had to play a Let.
Well, he ended up saving match point and eventually holding serve. I then served for the match at 5-2; and ended up losing a long game with several ads in and out. The tennis coach held his serve easily; and suddenly they were bouncing and high-fiving on the changeover as B tried to serve out the match at 5-4 (had we lost that set, we would have gone to a ten-point tiebreaker).
B served a strong game and we held on to win.
We then played the semi-finals in the afternoon vs. Dave Page, Concord HS tennis coach and his partner Dana ____. It was like playing against “fire and ice”… Dave Page got everything back, with very little pace on the ball; while his partner CRUSHED every shot with a topspin forehand.
B and I could not get any rhythm going and lost in straight sets.
In the senior’s division, Bob Wilkie and I won our first match on Friday in a small, but well-represented draw. We play the finals this morning vs. B. Manning (my Open partner) and nationally ranked Nick Ourusoff – who beat the veteran team of Whitey Joslin and Tom Diehl in a tough match.
More to come.