My Singles Match
When I left the house at 8:15 this morning, DeDe asked how Chuck and I matched up and I said, “we’re about even.” Starting under cloudy, but warmer skies, at 10:00 a.m, we finished our “tennis war” two hours and fifteen minutes later.
In the first set, I went up an early break; but Chuck broke back and was serving at 4-5. I was able to break him, and then carry the momentum into the first part of the second set, going up an early break. Chuck did not fade away and played strong, breaking back twice.
In the critical seventh game of the second set, Chuck was serving 4-2, 15-40. In that game, I had FOUR breaks points on which I did NOT miss a shot! But Mr. Dartmouth Tennis played great, making winner after winner. So instead of switching at 3-4, on serve, it was 2-5. And he broke me for the second set.
In the third set, my superior conditioning was supposed to be the difference; but we broke and broke back; and then went to 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and I served at 4-5 to stay in the match. But Chuck made some more great shots, including a killer drop shot and he broke me for the match… 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
• Willy Hoffmann faced his friend and #3 seed Andy Bloom, who won 6-2, 6-3
• #1 Don Long had ANOTHER challenging match with #5 Cliff Vines, surviving again in three long sets.
• Bob Wilkie continues to amaze: getting past a very challenging #2 Jack Welch 6-3, 6-
• Don and Bob face off in the finals tomorrow at 11:30 am
• #1 Fred Drilling outplayed his doubles partner Clive Kileff in two sets
• #9 Chuck Kinyon bested me and moves on to face #2 seeded and world ranked, Peter Peczely from Hungary
• #2 Paul Caldwell fell to Vitalis Seputa in two sets
• Pelican Bay’s #2 Gordon Hammes cruised to an easy victory
Q (2) Welch/Wendt d. Duke/Lundquist 6-1; 6-2
Q Ferguson/Marois d. (3) Berry/Dahm 6-1; 3-6; 1-0
Q (4) Gonzales/McAleer d. Keenan/Tilley 6-0; 6-2
Q (1) Albritton/Bova d. Boston/Veltman 7-5; 6-2
16 Duke/Lundquist d. Griner/Tarantino 7-5; 6-1
16 Ferguson/Marois d. Morton/Weiss 1-6; 6-1; 1-0
16 Keenan/Tilley d. Moter/Townsend 5-7; 6-4; 1-0
16 Boston/Veltman d. Brown/Upton 6-0; 6-3
• Tom McCune and I made our match much more “interesting” than it should have been. Our opponents played well, and we didn’t; but we survived 6-2, 6-4
• Tomorrow, we play #3 seeds Chuck Kinyon (him again!) and Don Long, who finished a Match Tiebreaker victory under the lights.
PS I got home at 6:15 pm after “a long day at the office.”
For a link to all the draws and times of the matches, please click HERE.
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