Fantasy Tennis – Thursday, Day 5

Ankle and Wrist
Ankle and Wrist
Well, this is the last day of competition and we woke to rain-soaked courts. My three months of conditioning (+ a dose of Aleve every morning!) seems to have really helped; because I was only modestly tired and only a few things hurt.

Body Scan

Wrist – This was a nagging injury that I have had since May; but taped every day and has not been a problem
Achilles – Tweaked it in my first of two singles matches yesterday; and is just sore
Legs – No problem whatsoever
Heart – By the end of the week, my normal resting pulse of 48-50 beats per minute usually goes up 20%; but this morning it was still down there!

The Morningrain2

With the rain, the two teams not in contention (my Wankers and the Dunnies) went inside the four covered courts to hit some balls for an hour; then we went to the clubhouse for a fascinating bull session with all our seven Legend pros. (Great stories they tell!).

Newk’s Kangaroos and the Davo Musclemen went into this final round of 11 doubles matches tied at 9-9. At the end of a long morning of indoor doubles (first to 10 game matches), Davo’s Musclemen repeated as camp

Jack V and the sad kangaroo
Jack V and the sad kangaroo
Champs by ONE MATCH.


We started our third/fourth playoff indoors with four doubles matches playing an 8-game pro set. When it came time for my match, the sun had come out and the ranch pros diligently dried the courts.

At 5-3 us (me and Jim Capito again, who sends Columbus greetings to Phil Ludwig), the rains came back and we had to move inside to finish them off, which we did 8-4. While I lost every singles match, that made me undefeated in doubles.

Our Wanker team ended up besting the Dunnies to manage a third place finish.

Thursday Night

After Happy Hour that included fresh shrimp from the Gulf and dinner of salmon and chicken breast (yes, I did eat and drink a lot all week long), there was the Awards Ceremonies. As Steve Contardi said, “This will be the longest awards presentation you will ever see!”

There were thanks all around to the Legends who made our week wonderful, the great ranch staff of young pros and in the kitchen, and to Steve Contardi and his whole family who arranged it all. Then there were plaques and pictures for people who won all their singles, all their doubles (me), and all their singles AND doubles.

Also awarded were “Charlie Hustle” awards to one person on each team… and ours went to Pelican Bay’s own

Rich The Wine Man
Rich The Wine Man
Rich Tarantino (who also should have be rewarded for bringing five bottles of wine on the trip). Rich was also inducted into the Tennis Fantasy Hall of Fame.

The official ending to a truly fantastic Fantasy Week of tennis with the Legends was Roy Emerson leading all the Aussies in their rendition of “Waltzing Matilda.”

Friday morning, most will play morning drills; but the “Naples four” (plus Tom Mackessy) will take a day of rest and fly AirBerry back to Pelican Bay (and I will rest to get ready for our regular doubles on Saturday morning!).

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2 thoughts on “Fantasy Tennis – Thursday, Day 5

  1. Thanks for keeping us posted, I have wondered what that camp was like. Sounds like a fun time for people that love tennis.

  2. Nice job as usual, George, describing what goes on at Tennis Fantasy. Plus great to see the article in the Naples paper. I am a little disappointed you did not come into the athletic training room for your wrist and foot issues. But we did not have any problem getting busy! It was another great week that I feel honored to be a part of in some small way.

    Larry, i DID come … and your asst iced my ankle for me! Thanks for all you do. george

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