We got rained on and rained out today for our semi-finals doubles match, which added to a growing list of tournament-related questions that stand somewhat un-answered.
Mandatory wait time between singles and doubles matches?
There were several players finishing their singles matches and getting ready for their doubles (our opponents Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson being two of them). Most were ready and willing to do a quick change of clothes and move onto their doubles, if there was a court available. But one of the referees stated there was a USTA requirement of MANDATORY one hour space in between.
We didn’t follow that “rule,” but is it true?
Match priority for rain outs?
After we started our match (with Evert serving down 1-2, 30-40), the rains came and made the courts unplayable for the rest of the day. The tournament director announced play was suspended for the day to resume Friday morning at 11:30 am, with the suspended matches going on first.
Hank Irvine said that he was scheduled to play his semi-final singles match (vs. his partner Evert) then… and singles should take precedence over doubles. The TD acquiesced – which is OK with us: let the two of them beat each other up and THEN play Ted and me in doubles.
But is that interpretation correct?
Keep the game score and balls or start a new game with new balls?
So, when we resume tomorrow, is Evert serving ad-out to me or do we have to give up that advantage and have him start a new game?
And do we use the same balls (which I have) or get a new can?
Comments are welcome
There were several excellent singles and doubles matches completed. One of which was Fred Drilling showing me how to defeat my yesterday singles opponent, which he did 6-2, 6-3 by hitting deep to the corners and coming to the net. (I knew WHAT to do, the problem was doing it!)
And Steve Shreiner and Bob Wilkie knocked off the #1 65s seeds George Dalphon and Dave Wendt 6-1, 6-4.
Full results and tomorrow’s scheduled matches are HERE.
Congrats to George Morton for his induction into the USTA Missouri Valley Tennis Hall of Fame!
If you are not on my “new posting alert email list” and want to be (I promise, no other uses of your email address!), just drop me a note at George@seniortennisandfitness.com
My Book: and if you’d like to get a copy of “Senior Tennis”, just click on the link on the upper right of this web page.