Today’s tournament singles match was vs. Don Keenan, a very solid lefty and seeded player, who has improved significantly over the last couple of years “thanks to watching the Top Players play their game.”
Playing Under Control
Don said that he is now learning to play much more “under control” and not go for too much on his shots. It is reminiscent of what I wrote in my book “Senior Tennis” about a conversation I had with Fred Drilling.
A few years back, I played Fred for the second time, a year after losing 6-2, 6-1. I worked on my game and thought I had improved; but Fred beat me by the same exact score a year later. I told him of my disappointment and that he I thought he also had improved over that year.
He said, “No, I don’t think I got better. I think I got CALMER.”
So a calmer and more under control Don Keenan played an excellent match and came away with a straight set (1 hour, 45 minute) victory. I was happy with how I played – which is all you can really ask for; and especially happy with the serve/volley strategy I employed to keep the match relatively close.
After a 1.5 hour break, Chuck Kinyon and I took to the court for our quarter final doubles match vs. the #4 seeded team of John “Swanny” Swan and Ted Underwood.
The first set was a loooong series of nine consecutive service break, until Ted held serve at 5-4 to take the first set.
In the second set, Chuck and I were able to turn it around and made all the critical shots to take it comfortably at 6-1.
The match was then decided by a ten point tie breaker. We were able to keep Mr. MO on our side and won the first four points; and were able to hold on the win it 4-6, 6-1, 10-4.
Tomorrow’s semi-finals is vs. the tough team of big (6’4”) Jack Moter and Don Keenan, who knocked off the #1 seeded Fred Drilling and Clive Kileff.
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