This Sunday in Payne Park, Sarasota, there was an intriguing exhibition match between Super Senior Larry Turville and super junior, 14-year-old, nationally ranked girl, Ingrid Neel (Rochester, MN). Would Larry’s control and experience triumph over youth and two-handed backhand?
We have all asked ourselves the question: how would we do playing against one of the players who got close to the pros. Well, this is close to that and my good friend Ken Weissleder was there to provide the photo and results….
Young Ingrid started out a little nervous, making some double faults. So, Larry took the first set 6-4.
She settled down in the second set and brought it to a tie-breaker. To the crowd’s surprise, she was able to squeak out an 8-6 tiebreak victory, sending it into a deciding Ten Pointer.
Seems like her youth and speed was just enough to carry the day, taking the deciding tie-breaker 10 points to 7.
Longboat Key Tournament
Speaking of Sarasota, this week, the Longboat Key Tennis Center (public facility) hosts a Super CAT II (how is that different from a CAT II??); and many local and national players will be there.
I will be playing in both 70 singles and “playing down” in the 65s to team up with my to-be January partner Tom McCune. In the singles, I went from being “the smartest kid in the dumb row” (one of the best NON seeded players) to being “the dumbest kid in the smart row” (the lowest ranked seeded player).
But a seed is a seed; so I play first singles AND doubles on Wednesday. For those interested in checking out the draws in all age groups, please click HERE.
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