This weekend was the annual doubles tournament at Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire and my partners and I switched categories: B. Manning and I teamed up in the Seniors (60+) A division while Bob Wilkie and I teamed in the Open A Division … and faced a Triple Whammy.
While the seniors is played on HarTru at a nearby country club, the Open is played on the hard courts at the college; so Bob and I faced the challenge of playing on fast courts + vs. a first-round match against a hard-hitting teenager and his 50-year old father (from Singapore) with lively Wilson balls.
With all those excuses firmly in place, I report that we got beaten badly, 6-4, 6-1. The mental consolation is that the father-son team of Matthew and Max Prestwich went on to beat the #1 seeds of Larry Barnes/Andy Day and win the tournament.
On Sunday, B. Manning and I faced the veteran team of Whitey Joslin and Tom Diehl for the small-draw finals in the 60+ division. They are a solid team and we had a highly competitive match, with B and me winning in two well-played sets.
Whitey then went over to the college’s hard courts and teamed with his daughter Laura to win the Century Mixed (but, they do have 14 National Balls to their credit).
This Thursday, Bob and I have invited the Singapore father-son team to play on our local soft court to see if we can slow the game down to our speed and do a little better.
FACTOID: Singapore is on the equator and has a fairly constant daily temperature of 90 degrees, with an equal level of humidity! Matthew Prestwich says, “You get used to it.” and plays tennis outdoors on artificial grass.
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