Longboat Finals Sunday

Larry T, TD Bachmann, John Mayotte

Larry T, TD Bachmann, John Mayotte

On a sunny, windy, and near-record warm day in Florida, we all took to the courts for final Sunday matches… with some surprises and several tight matches.

Turville Tested

#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.

Our Doubles

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.

Mike Hanna, Chuck, Jim Bishop, me

Mike Hanna, Chuck, Jim Bishop, me

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.

For the rest of the interesting scores, click HERE and go to “results.”

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3 thoughts on “Longboat Finals Sunday

  1. Hi George, congratulations on making it to the final sounds like you had a great time . Thanks for keeping us posted

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