During my tournament singles match today I was thinking about something other than the match (yes, I know, don’t do that!). I believe there are roughly four levels of tournament players…
These are the top guys; and we all know who they are. They are consistently seeded at/near the top and most often end up working their way easily through the draw to the final rounds. (Like the guy pictured here. And welcome back to a 15-pound-lighter and still recovering Fred Drilling!).
These are the rest of the players who will normally get a seed at a tournament; and are solid performers, but not the top tier. I believe in the last few years, I have been able to move up to this group of players.
This is where I started my tournament play: the group of players who are good all-around tennis players; but don’t normally get to be seeded and are usually out for the fun and competition.
This is a very interesting and varied group: tennis players of a somewhat limited game and/or physical mobility who just like playing and join in the fun. Usually they are local to the tournament; but some travel to participate.
In VERY broad terms, I would guess that each level would normally beat players in one level below them on average at about 6-2, 6-2. In other words, the top guys typically beat me by that score… I should beat the level 3 guys by that score… and they beat the local guys by the same score.
And without all the levels participating, we have no good tournaments. Thanks to all who make the effort to travel and play!
I played Bill Herster, a nice guy and nice Level 3 player from Kansas, who comes to SW Florida each January to play in the tournaments. This was the first time we played each other; and I won 6-2, 6-2 (like i was “supposed to”)
Chuck Kinyon and I again paired up as #5 seeds this week; and lived up to our seeding (finally!), winning convincingly 6-2, 6-1.
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