Longboat Key Friday

After heavy rain Thursday afternoon, which pushed many matches to today, the tennis day started at 8:30 am with delayed play starting first.

Our Doubles

Chuck Kinyon and I continued our first round match leading 4-1 vs. the solid team of Pat Siracusa and Ron Townsend (who said he had a brief stint on the pro tour as a young man). We continued our strong play and closed out the first set at 6-1.

In the second set, they played better and we dropped down a level; but we still found ourselves serving for the match at 5-4, 40-15 … two match points.

They won both of those points … then broke our serve …they held serve … and continued with MO on their side to break our serve again for a 7-5 comeback set victory.

Match Tiebreaker

Chuck and I huddled to agree we would focus and step it up in the tiebreaker. We did and took it 10-4 for a 6-1, 5-7, (4) survival.

What’s Next?

We were then supposed to play our second round match at 3 p.m. today vs. the winner of Barry Shollenberger/Jay Bortner – Duong/Klieve match. I went to scout our next opponents and saw a “lob fest.” Duong and Klieve hit at least one lob on almost EVERY point!

After losing a grueling 7-6; 3-6; 10-8 match, Barry Shollenberger said to me, “Well, after the first 30 or 40 lobs, you get a little tired of hitting them. But hopefully, we have worn them down for you.”

As it turns out, he was exactly right… instead of coming back out on the court to play us, Duong/Klieve defaulted.

If I Ruled The World…

I would say that if a player or team defaults within a few hours of completing a match, then the person or team they beat would still move forward; so there wouldn’t be a “walkover” for the opponents.

Your thoughts?

Some other SW Florida results of note:
(2) Bill Marshall d. Andrew Bloom 6-2; 7-5
(1) Larry Turville d. (5) Mike Dahm 6-3; 6-3
(4) Robert Stock d. (5) Donald Keenan 7-5; 6-1
(1) Joseph Bachmann d. (5) Robert Anderman 6-3; 6-3
(1) Gordon Hammes d. Bogard Messow 6-1; 6-2
(4) Meigs/Simos d. John Owler/Wendt 6-4; 7-6
(1) Ashley/McClure d. Andy Bloom/Willy Hoffmann 6-3; 6-3
(2) Burris/Mike Dahm d. Jones/Reid 6-2; 6-2
(4)George Dalphon/Dave Wendt d. (5) Kimball/Marois 6-4; 6-4
(2) Rich Tarantino/Paul Veltman d. Fong/Johanson 6-1; 6-4

For the rest of the results, click HERE

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  1. George-
    I agree with your “if I ruled the world” comment.
    Three years ago my partner and I were in playing in a tournament in Hartford, and one of our opponents turned up lame in the third-set tiebreaker. He pulled his calf so badly that all of us on the court were flummoxed. Eight points later, they won. They then promptly went to the TD and defaulted the next match. The local pro was furious, saying that it’s rare to see such bad sportsmanship.
    When asked why they didn’t default, the lame guy said “we needed the points for our ranking.”

    John, Amen! thanks, george

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