And thus, the second tournament in the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix series is ending with some predictable and some surprising results. Congratulations to TD Shawn Hedrick, Bill Simonton and their scores of volunteers that made the World Tennis Club tournament one of the best (THE best?) tournament on the circuit!
Our Semi-Final Doubles
On Saturday, Ted Underwood and I picked up our Thursday rained out match vs. #1 seeds Evert Jonsson and Hank Irvine, with Evert serving to me 1-2, 30-40. Ted and I had warmed up with him serving to me in the ad court; so I was ready to get the ball back in play… which I did and we won the point – and the game.
Regretfully, they broke us right back; and broke us again at four games apiece and took a close first set 6-4. The second set was equally close in points; but they are just that much better than us and took the match 6-4, 6-3.
Hank is always generous in giving advice after matches and suggested that while I positioned myself aggressively on my partner serving, I didn’t poach enough (at all?) to make him worry about me at the net.
I normally start in what Brent Abel calls the “Hybrid I Formation” (halfway between “normal” and on the center line); but Ted and I didn’t do poaching signals; and I am more aggressive when we do.
With the rain, several great finals are being played today at World Tennis. To see the lineup of what will be played and completed matches, click HERE.
The “tour” moves across the road to Naples Bath & Tennis for the third tournament. I luckily squeezed out a #8 seed in the singles; but Ted Underwood and I got bumped down one notch to no seed, because Jimmy Parker and Jody Rush entered and are the #1 seeds.
For the full seeds and draws, click HERE
Sterling Oaks Deadline is tonight at midnight to sign up. Link is HERE
And lastly, Congratulations to Shirley Taylor of Pawleys Island SC for her recent induction into the SC Tennis Hall of Fame!
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