Playing Under Control: Highly Over-Rated

Tom, George, Fred, Clive
Tom, George, Fred, Clive
After playing in and watching matches in this week’s tournament, I have come to the conclusion that playing “under control” can frequently keep you in a match; but playing aggressively will WIN the match.

In my quarters singles match vs. John Tibbits I played steady and got a lot of balls back in play. But even though he double faulted many times, he hit his first and second serves aggressively and really attacked both his forehand and backhand ground strokes.

By the way, after he beat #3 Bill Simonton in three long sets, and then beat me in three sets, he took #1 Fred Drilling to three sets (but ran out of gas in the third: 6-4, 4-6, 6-1).

70s Doubles Semi’s

Tom and I played #1 Fred Drilling and Clive Kileff in the 70 doubles semi’s yesterday … and the same held true.

We played well in the first set but went down a break and lost it 6-4. But then in the second set, we both really attacked the ball and the net – and we overwhelmed Fred and Clive 6-2,

Since it was only the semi’s, we had to play a 10 point Match Tie Breaker; and Fred took over… crushing his lethal forehand and crossing at the net. And they took the tie breaker.

70s Doubles Finals

#2 Chuck Kinyon and Don Long lost the first set 6-4 to Fred and Clive. But they were up a break in the second set 5-3, playing “steady/solid tennis.” Clive played solid tennis, getting everything back in play until the opponents missed – or Fred could assert himself and win the point.

Fred/Clive stepped up their game breaking twice; and were serving for the match at 6-5. At match point, Fred/Clive called a ball out; but reversed their call after a challenge and review of the mark.

Chuck/Don broke and brought it to a second set tie-breaker, taking the lead 4 points to 2. But again “aggressive” wins. Fred was all over the place and they ended up winning the tie breaker and the match 10-8.

65s Doubles Finals

I was standing on the high mound between the WTC stadium court and the adjacent court, watching #1 Spike Gonzales and Joe McAleer play vs. Frank Bova and Jack Welch and the match above. And the rule held true here as well….

Spike/Joe easily won the first set 6-2 and were up a break in the second. But tournament new-comer Jack Welch (Earleville, MD) kept crushing his topspin forehand (literally hitting it as hard as he could) and they came back to take the set, bringing to a deciding full third set.

Joe and Spike were up a break again in the third set; but got over-powered and found themselves serving 4-5, love-40, and three match points against them. They saved all three match points, but lost the game and the set to the more aggressive team.

Here are the full results and the tournament link:

Men’s 55 Singles
F Scott Shepherd d. (2) Ronen Graziani 1-6; 6-4; 6-1

Men’s 60 Singles
SF (2) Larry Turville d. (3) Bill Ashley 6-2; 6-1
SF (1) Fred Robinson d. (4) Jack Ambrose 6-1; 6-2

Men’s 65 Singles
F (1) Mike Dahm d. (2) Dennis Posteraro 6-0; 7-5
SF (2) Dennis Posteraro d. (3) John Welch 6-1; 6-3
SF (1) Mike Dahm d. Robert Wilkie 6-1; 6-4

CF Christopher Uzzi d. Richard Tarantino 4-6; 6-3; 10-4
CS Richard Tarantino d. (4) Wolfgang Jaeger 0-6; 6-4; 1-0(6)
CS Christopher Uzzi d. John Lundquist 7-5; 6-3

Men’s 70 Singles
F (1) Fred Drilling d. (3) Peter Peczely 6-4; 6-3
SF (3) Peter Peczely d. (2) Donald Long 6-2; 6-4
SF (1) Fred Drilling d. John Tibbits 6-4; 4-6; 6-1

Men’s 75 Singles
F (2) Jerald Hayes d. (5) Vitalis Seputa 6-3; 6-0
SF (2) Jerald Hayes d. (4) Hong Kim 6-0; 6-0
SF (5) Vitalis Seputa d. (5) Leon Kennedy 6-4; 6-1

Men’s 80 Singles

F (1) Gordon Hammes d. Dick Crawford 6-1; 6-1

Men’s 60 Doubles (Finals: Sunday at 11:30 am)
SF Hoffmann/Peters d. (2) Ambrose/Simos 6-3; 6-2
SF (1) Dalphon/Wilkie d. Degner/Panter Wo (pc) – a NO SHOW!!

Men’s 65 Doubles
F (2) Bova/Welch d. (1) Gonzales/McAleer 2-6; 6-4; 6-4
SF (2) Bova/Welch d. Moore/Schultz 7-5; 6-3
SF (1) Gonzales/McAleer d. Bartlett/Macie 6-0; 6-2

Men’s 70 Doubles
F (1) Drilling/Kileff d. (2) Kinyon/Long 6-4; 7-6(8)
SF (2) Kinyon/Long d. (3) Davie/Valentine 6-1; 7-6
SF (1) Drilling/Kileff d. (4) McCune/Wachtel 6-4; 2-6; 1-0(3)

Men’s 75 Doubles
F Davie/Dilworth d. (2) Curry/Kennedy 6-3; 6-1

Men’s 80 Doubles
F (2) Abramson/Fields d. Chung/na 7-5; 6-4
Congrats to Allan!!

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