How’s Your Achilles?
Michael Fenster remembers on two different occasions playing matches where he warned his opponent about a stray ball on the court… and they did nothing about it. And two different times, two different players went back, stepped on the ball and tore their Achilles tendons.
The Worst Case Scenario
Steve Shreiner told of a Michigan doctor friend who went back for an overhead, stepped on ball, lost his balance and fell on his head. The doctor was in a coma for six months and never practiced medicine again.
So when you see a stray ball on the court, don’t be shy, STOP play and be sure the ball is picked up. It makes no difference if it is just during warm-up or during an actual match… the consequences could be dramatic.
Brothers vs. Brothers Davis Cup
This weekend’s Davis Cup tie vs. Great Britain could come down to a brothers vs. brothers doubles match. The US team is made up of John Isner, Donald Young, and the Bryan Brothers; while the British team is virtually Andy Murray and his brother Jamie.
So, assuming that hometown Andy wins both of his singles matches and the US can win the other two, it will come down to the doubles. We know the Bryans will be representing us; and it is speculated that the Murray brothers may team up for the other side.
TV coverage starts Friday morning at 8 am ET on the Tennis Channel and continues Saturday and Sunday.
St. Pete CAT II
Congrats to Larry Turville, who was pushed in the 65 singles finals, but survived; and to Pelican Bay’s own Gordon Hammes (80 singles) and Naples’ George Dalphon (65 doubles).
For the full results from last week’s tournament, please click HERE
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