If you ever play vs. Evert Jonsson, one of the top players on the senior circuit, he will politely say after he beats you (no matter how badly), “I am just 55-45 better than you. Just a few shots here and there made the difference.” In today’s singles final, it was a little different.
Peter Peczely, the #1 seed, who is currently #71 in the world ITF rankings, is a very solid player, who is at least “60-40” better than me.
We had good points and many deuce/ad games in our one hour and 20 minute match; but he would eventually hit most of the winning shots – for almost any position on the court. He had a great, European-red-clay drop shot, primarily off his forehand – which he could either drive down the line or cross court.
Kaizen: Improve or Die
Several friends have nicely commented how they think my game has improved over the last couple of years; and I love that compliment. I also said to DeDe on the two-hour drive home today that I hope my refusal to give in to the inevitability of the aging process has inspired at least one other senior out there to practice tennis, to start getting in better shape, and/or to eat healthier.
The Japanese popularized an industrial saying, “Kaizen,” that roughly translated in use to “Improve or Die.” So, I look forward to playing a match with you in our 90’s!
Link to the tournament is HERE.
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