A Tennis Riddle

Ralph Grieco
Ralph Grieco
How can someone win 13 consecutive games in a two-set tennis match?
That is exactly what #5 seeded Ralph Grieco did vs. challenging baseliner Daniel Garrick.

Garrick baffled Grieco at the start of the match and was coasting with a 5-0 lead. Then “the wheels came off” and Grieco won the next 13 consecutive games for a 7-5, 6-0 victory.

Today’s Matches

As #3 seeds, Chuck Kinyon and I had our first round match today vs. the solid team of Pat Siracusa (Clearwater, Florida) and Ron Townsend (Tarpon Springs). We were leading 4-1 when the rains came and cancelled the day’s play until tomorrow.

In other matches with SW Florida players (sorry if I missed anyone):

Andrew Bloom d. Billy McGehee 6-3; 6-2
(5) Mike Dahm d. (9) Henry Kennedy 6-2; 6-4
(5) Don Keenan d. Jim Kiesby 6-4; 6-3
Davis/Sawyer d. Hull/Clay Zyerveld 6-2; 6-2
John Owler/Wendt d. Nelson/Oneil 5-7; 6-2; 1-0
Andy Bloom/Willy Hoffmann d. Kennerly/Mullis 6-2; 6-2
Larry Albritton/Baker d. Harris/Mullis 6-1; 6-0

For the full results to date, click HERE

Super Senior

John Powless
John Powless
John Powless (former WI basketball coach) has won more world titles than the New York Yankees. He’s the top tennis player in the world in his age group. His local TV station sat down to talk with John at the facility that bears his name, the John Powless Tennis Center on Struck Street in Madison.

To hear the 6-minute interview, click HERE

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5 thoughts on “A Tennis Riddle

  1. I so enjoyed the John Powless interview. John ruled Midwestern tennis when I was growing up in Illinois. I never knew him, but he was a legend even way back then. John’s father Cecil taught tennis, which I’m sure was key to John’s development. I played doubles at Purdue with John’s brother Bob, so I heard lots of stories about the Powlesses.

    Keith, yes, he sounds like a great man! thanks. george

  2. In the spring of 2014 I played doubles in Naples against an 80+ year old tennis player who had encountered John Powless in a high school doubles match. He told me that at that time John Powless had a topspin twist serve that on the bounce would reach the very top of the high wire fence surrounding the tennis court. A living legend.

  3. John Powless was at Wisconsin the same time I was there. I remember interacting with him. He had a great full page picture in 2015 (I think) in the USTA magazine.

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