The Wachtel Family Traveling Circus left Naples a week ago Thursday on our migration north. The trip was 25 hours of driving (to New Hampshire), with tennis stops along the way – and an invitation to play vs. Canada awaiting me.
After a one – day drive on Thursday, we landed at our son Jeremy’s house in Savannah for a one-day layover. We were scheduled to play tennis on that Friday, but the real – feel temperature was 99°! So we went in the pool instead.
After a two-day drive, we then landed in Connecticut and visited with our son Chris. The temperatures were much cooler and Tennis was available.
On Memorial Day Monday, I played singles with Eric Uthgenannt (son of Ernie) at their house court. You know you are feeling and getting old when your friend’s SON is 50 years old. Although Eric is younger, faster, and a better tennis player than I am, I usually have been able to get the best of him based on my consistency. But not this time. He made fewer unforced errors and beat me in straight sets.
On Wednesday, I played singles with Rich Tarantino at his home court, and the starting temperature was 55°! People who know us both say, “oh, you should be Rich easily.” (sorry Rich). But his style is a very difficult one for me to play against. He is extremely fast and gets everything back and plays like a human backboard. End result: we played for two hours and split two sets!
New Hampshire Tennis
Today was the final leg on a trip with the drive to New Hampshire of “only” 2+ hours. Tomorrow’s tennis is with Bob Wilkie, who is still recovering from a grandson – induced Achilles injury.
The Friendship Cup
For the first time, I was invited to play on the Friendship Cup, which plays a Canadian team versus a New England team. This year’s match is north of Montreal at Mont Tremblant on the weekend of June 14–15, Father’s day weekend. The lineup for the whole team for the United States is below. I do not know if I am playing singles or doubles; but more to come on that later.
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