On the previous day, I played that LONG singles match; but this day I played a SHORT singles match vs. Long… Don Long that is, who says, “I just love playing against you… I’m going to take you home with me!”
I played about as well as I can, but #4 seeded Don Long was just about flawless, hitting line after line on his way to an easy 6-2, 6-0 victory.
Then later in the afternoon, Chuck Kinyon and I played our round of 16 doubles vs. the tough/new team of my New Hampshire friend Bill Simonton and Bob McAfee of Walpole, MA – who had beaten John Swan and Ted Underwood in a very close match.
We were missing in the first set and lost it 6-3; but righted the ship and were up a break and serving for the second set at 5-4. But as happened a couple of times before, we were broken… and then they held serve to have me serving to stay in the match at 5-6.
The MO was on their side as they brought it to match point, which we won. Then they brought it to match point again, which we won… and then we actually held serve to bring it to a set tie breaker.
We took an early lead and held on to win that tie break and the second set.
Which brought us to the deciding ten-point Match Tie Breaker. The MO stayed on our side as we jumped out to a commanding (?) 4-1 lead. But, you know the story doesn’t end there!
They won SIX consecutive points to take a 7-4 lead. Then we exchanged points and they had a commanding (?) 8-5 lead.
We were able to get everything back and won five consecutive points and take the match 3-6, 7-6, 10-8 in two hours.
Today we play to #3 seeds Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson.
Our doubles match was played at a satellite club; so I hopped in my car and drove back to Sterling Oaks to witness Larry Turville’s wedding to Kelli Monihan on center court at 6 p.m.
The ceremony was delightful, and was even accompanied by the sound of tennis balls being struck, as there were still tournament matches being played on the court right behind them!
Congratulations to Larry and Kelli.
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