College, Aussie Open, and Us Old Guys

If you’re interested in seeing perhaps the top college player in the state of Florida, he is on the FGCU men’s team and they have a big match coming up vs. SMU on Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 6 p.m. Admission is FREE and they are hoping to set a Florida college tennis attendance record.

One of my favorite players is David Ferrer of Spain (perhaps because we are both 5’10” and 160 lbs!). Did you happen to record and watch his match vs. countryman Almagro last night?

Ferrer had beaten Almagro 12 of 12 times they played; but the underdog with a beautiful one-handed backhand was serving for the match at 6-4,6-4,5-4. Ferrer “did his thing” and just dug deeper into himself to get every ball back… and ended up surviving in five grueling sets.

There were very few comparable matches in the first two days of the third Florida Super Senior Grand Prix tournament being played at Sterling Oaks in North Naples.

More big names have come to south Florida for this one; and they all cruised to victory: Mike Dahm, Fred Drilling, Jimmy Parker, Don Long, and King VanNostrand, Gordon Hammes averaged about 1.5 games lost in their matches.

The lesser-named, and lower-seeded George Wachtel also survived a first round match (6-3, 6-1) vs. Johann Leiver, from The Netherlands — a typically solid 4.0 player with a good first serve and very attackable second serve; good forehand and weaker backhand.

Tomorrow, I play #9 seeded Charles Burns at 1 p.m. and then first round doubles (with Michael Fenster) at 4 p.m.

For complete results and scores, click HERE.

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1 thought on “College, Aussie Open, and Us Old Guys

  1. George, many bios list Ferrer’s height to be 5’9″, not 5’10”. A friend who has met Ferrer personally swears he is actually no taller then 5’8″ because that is my friend’s height. Either way, you are clearly superior to him in this one area.

    Marty … No, actually I have shrunk in my old age, so I am probably also 5-9! Geo

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