In order to qualify to play on the New England Friendship Cup team again next year (which I would love to do), you must play at least one USTA New England tournament; so Whitey Joslin and I teamed up for an event in Concord, MA this past weekend.
Held at the very nice Concord Country Club, the tournament had a small draw in the men’s 70s division; so I only had to drive the one hour and forty minutes each way on Saturday and Sunday.
In Saturday’s match, we played Ken Miller and Walt Shields. It was closely played in the first set, with me serving at 4-3; but Whitey and I were able to run eight consecutive games to win it at three and love.
Sunday’s match was a much tougher challenge vs. two tournament players, solid Bob McAfee and big lefty George Lynch. The first set took an hour, went to a tie-breaker, which they squeaked out 9-7. Whitey and I regrouped and took the second set at 6-2.
In the third set, the first four service games were all breaks; and the next four were all holds. So we were serving at 4-4. They were able to break us and serve it out for a 2.5 hour victory… 7-6, 2-6, 6-4. (And a long ride home!)
Bottom-line? Whitey and I served harder than them. Hit our groundstrokes and volleys harder than them. But they got more balls back than we did – especially Bob McAfee, who covered the court very well.
For the link to the full tournament results, click HERE
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