People are different. Many think I have an excellent memory for all my tennis matches because I write in great detail after playing one. But that is SHORT TERM MEMORY… a couple of days after a match, my brain “flushes” those details and I draw a blank. Some of my friends and the Newk Legend pros are very different… they remember matches, games, turning points, etc.
Longboat Key Cat II – Tuesday
One of those “different” people is my friend Bob Dilworth. He has an incredible memory of matches and opponents he has played over the years. So last Friday, I asked him if he knew of my first round opponent at Longboat Key, John Bradbury. And he said, “I think I played him ten years ago in New England; but don’t remember much about his game.”
So when I got home, I looked up Bradbury’s recent tennis tournament record and found that he has played a half dozen over the last year. In fact, he played this same tournament last year, losing 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.
Who did he lose to? Some guy named George Wachtel (!)
So DeDe and I put the dogs in a kennel and drive the two hours up to Sarasota, stopping at Payne Park for me to at least hit on the backboard for 15 minutes; and then go to check in for my first-round rematch with “my old friend” John Bradbury. And they say, “Oh, he defaulted this morning.”
I ended up finding another guy who was “stood up” in the 55s to hit with. He said that his opponent didn’t even call in to cancel… and that he has a rep for doing that.
What’s Wrong With This Picture?
In my case: the tournament has an obligation to call the opponent when someone cancels. Imagine if we were not staying over and I had just driven two hours for NO match and had to turn around and drive home for two hours!
In the 55s case: there should be some kind of sanctions imposed on a player who is so inconsiderate not to call in to default.
What do you think?
To see those matches that were played and the schedule for tomorrow (Chuck Kinyon plays Hank Irvine at 10.30; then doubles with me at 1.30; then I play Jay Leistner (#9 seed) in singles at 3:00 p.m.)… click HERE
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