#1 seeded Larry Turville was tested for the first time in a long time by #2 seeded John Mayotte (brother of Tim). Big Larry struggled with his serve (10 doubles?) but squeezed out the first set 7-5. He then got back to form in the second and swept to a 7-5, 6-2 championship.
Chuck and I played our finals vs. the national platform tennis champions Jim Bishop (Geneva, IL) and Michael Hanna (Fairport, NY), who knocked off a couple of seeded teams on their way to the final.We knew from watching that their platform skills came to play at the net; so Chuck and I hoped to keep them back and try to control the net.
While they returned great and volleyed great, their serves were not strong at all. So the first set was a series of many back-and-forth service breaks. They got the last one and squeezed out a 7-5 victory.
Chuck and I regrouped (like we did all week) and took the second set 6-2.
The third set was a dog fight like the first. They went up and early break, which held until they were serving at 4-3. We were able to have a strong return game to bring it to 4-4.
But they were able to break back and serve for the match at 5-4. We had a break point, but didn’t convert and they held for a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 two and a half hour championship match. (I then showered and DeDe and I drove two hours back home to Naples.)
Remember: Playing tournament matches allows you to invest maximum emotion, with minimum consequence.
I was happy with my play all week; and the sun will shine tomorrow.
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