Thanks to Pelican Bay staff friend Bruce for giving me a copy of this great old Top-Flite card, highlighting Bill Tilden and his “Ten Commandments of Tennis.” It is pictured here; and notes on my singles tournament match today follows it.
The basics of the game 90 years later are still the same – and take special note of #5: nothing worse than a smelly tennis player!
• It was distributed by “A.G. Spalding & Bros., Albany, NY.” The original Spalding sports company was established by Boston Red Stockings pitcher A.G. Spalding in 1876.
• And, how many balls is Mr. Tilden holding in his hand, getting ready to hit a ground stroke… three?!!
And, we should all listen to what he says in #10… tennis is supposed to be played for the fun of it. Which one do you like?
My Match Today
As the #4 seed in this week’s Florida Super Senior Grand Prix tournament at the Palm Aire Club, Sarasota (many of the big names are not here), I had a first round bye yesterday and my first match today at 1 p.m.
So DeDe and I drove up two hours this morning and I hung around for 2.5 hours waiting to play my match; and it showed early!
During the warm-up and first game vs. hard-hitting Klaus Essele of Germany (via Siesta Key, Florida), he was hitting forehands, backhands, and solid serves… while I felt heavy-legged and starting thinking about the consolation bracket (DeDe observed the same).
But I just tried to get one more ball back in play; and that got me back into my groove. I ended up with a solid 6-2, 6-1 victory and move onto the Quarters tomorrow vs. #5 seeded Jay Bortner.
Tonight, we are off to the Bonefish Grille, right next door to our Hampton Inn!
For the link to the tournament and all the results and draws, please click HERE.
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