Match Memory

qPeople 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 (!)

Today’s Singles

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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2 thoughts on “Match Memory

  1. George, earlier this year at the Colorado State Open, men’s 65’s, I was really pumped up about playing my 2nd round match against the #1 seed (whom I had beaten the last year – but I’ve been out for a year due to shoulder surgery) , that I got the WRONG DAY (!) in my mind for my 1st round match, against a weak 3.0 player (at best). I was in a meeting and had turned off my reminders. When I finally got out of the meeting and checked my phone, I was 30 minutes late and called the desk. My opponent was still on the grounds, but refused to play the match. Either then or anytime in the next three days until the next round. I was depressed for weeks, the nearest feeling being maybe when my 11 year old cat died in my arms. Sad to say, I learned my lesson, no need for sanctions. Would they have made a difference? I think not. Ah man, now I’m bummed again……:-)

    Mike, but do you have a reputation for repeatedly doing that? i think not. george

  2. George, I thoroughly agree that the tournament should notify the opposing player his opponent has defaulted. It is only common courtesy. In fact, as you know, I have railed about inconsiderate tournament directors myself in the past — to wit, my experience last year when a TD told me before entering the tournament that he would accommodate my one afternoon when I had a conflict about playing due to a family obligation and then refused to change anything once I had entered, forcing me to default, and then got mad at me for accusing him of being inconsiderate when that happened. But, to be fair, TDs have a lot on their minds and a lot to do, especially in big draw tournaments. There are a lot of moving parts all going on at once. So, the system is less than perfect and I guess things can, and do, slip through the cracks.

    As for your suggestion about penalizing players who default, I don’t see it happening. Things can, and do, happen at the last minute — you hurt your elbow practicing an hour before the match; you suddenly get an attack of Montezuma’s revenge after breakfast; etc. — and that is that. The system already does penalize the defaulting player, to a minor degree, because even a walkover is recorded as a win for the opposing player, and that increases his ranking points and the defaulting player gets no points. Further, if you made it the rule only to penalize no shows, then I think some players would not care and still do it and those who do care would just come up with a bogus excuse and call at the last minute anyway. So what would be gained?

    I have come to expect that the occasional no show opponent is the price we have to pay to play old guy tournament tennis. Anyway, good luck with the rest of your matches. – Marty

    Marty – Any “penalty” i would suggest would be for no shows/ no calls. george

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