Another crappy weather day for the first tournament of the season… cold, clouds, and constant drizzle delayed the start of the morning singles matches; and my 10 am match with #3 seeded Bill Simonton started after noon. Here are some key results and the link…
• Willy Hoffmann faced a nice player from St. Petersburg, who I warned in the locker room that he “was in for an interesting match.” With the p.m. winds gusting to 20 mph, Willy sliced and diced his way 6-3, 6-1 victory
• #1 Don Long had another challenging match with #7 Timm Rinehart, losing the first set in a tie breaker; coming back to bagel him in the second set; and, winning the third 6-3
• Bob Wilkie cruising through another seeded player, beat #3 seeded Dennis Posteraro (Pennsylvania) 6-1, 6-2
• #4 Larry Albritton fell to #5 Cliff Vines in two sets
• #1 Fred Drilling outplayed a game Steve Sudarsky (Connecticut)
• Tom McCune had a marathon match with #9 Clive Kileff: coming back from 1-4 in the first set to lose it in a tie breaker; but then taking the second long set at 6-4; but being broken in the last game to go down 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
• #9 Chuck Kinyon also had a three-set marathon vs. #5 Tony Cessna (KY), winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
• #9 Me… see below
• #2 Paul Caldwell won in two tough sets 7-5, 7-5
• Newly-75 Michael Fenster fell to #3 Seputa, who was very steady and almost as quick as Michael
• Pelican Bay’s Jack Lease had a three set marathon, coming up on the wrong end of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. And the “winner’s prize”? Playing King Van Nostrand tomorrow!
Was against Naples/New Hampshire friend and #3 seeded Bill Simonton, who beat me the two times we played practice matches this summer. But I got back on form and, after he held the opening service games, was able to string together ten consecutive games.
He steadied the ship and was able to come back in the second set with much better play; and the final score of 6-1, 6-4.
Although I was really focusing point to point, Bill and several people watching commented how well I played. Two interesting observations from watchers:
“You got EVERYTHING back. Not all in the most elegant way, but back in play.”
“It is obvious to see that your hard work is paying off on the court.” (That one I really like!)
I face former Dartmouth tennis coach and good friend Chuck Kinyon (pictured) in the morning; and Tom McCune and I have our first doubles match in the p.m.
For a link to all the draws and times of the matches, please click HERE.
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