The one summer tournament I always play is the well-run one at Colby-Sawyer College next door in New London, New Hampshire; and it was played this weekend.
B. Manning and I again teamed up to face the challenge of playing on the hard courts against some younger people in the Men’s Open Division; and Bob Wilkie and I again teamed up to try to regain our title in the Men’s Senior A Division (having lost it last year to B. Manning and Glen McEwen; after winning it for three consecutive years).
Playing The Kids
On Saturday morning, B and I faced two “twenty-somethings” on the hard courts at the college. Their youth, speed, and extreme topspin was more than we could handle; and although we challenged them, we lost in straight sets.
In the afternoon on the soft courts at Lake Sunapee Country Club, Bob Wilkie and I bested the savvy team of Nick Ourusoff and Ted Prince; while B and his partner Glen took care of the veteran team of Whitey Joslin and Tom Diehl.
Due to a storm coming through, our Sunday morning finals rematch of last year was moved indoors; but happily onto indoor HarTru courts. And it was a GREAT match!
Glen and B went up a break in the first set; but we brought it back to 5-5, only to then lose serve and the first set at 7-5.
In the second set, Bob Wilkie and I went quickly to an “insurmountable” 4-0 lead. But they broke, held, and broke us again at 5-3 to bring it to 4-5.
Momentum was all on their side as the then held their serve to bring it to 5-5. On my serve, they continued and got us down to a 0-40 hole; but somehow we came back to win that game and take the second set to a tiebreaker, which we won, 7-3.
The match was then to be decided by a ten point Match Tiebreaker. They took the early lead and were serving to me at 5 points to 4; and I said to Bob, “If we win this point, we will win the match.”
After a long rally, B put away a great volley into the alley; and they went on the win the tie breaker and the match, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-5.
Happy To Lose
If we were to lose to anybody, B. Manning – one of The Nice Guys, one of my closest friends AND the first one to buy my new Senior Tennis book online – is the one that Bob and I are happy to lose to!
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