Double Evert Day

Me, Ted, Hank and Evert
Me, Ted, Hank and Evert
Thursday was cool and cloudy; and saw many quarterfinal matches played at the Naples Bath & Tennis tournament, including my “Double Evert Day” in singles and doubles.

Morning Singles

My quarterfinal singles match was against number three seed Evert Jonsson, a former soccer player (like Willy Hoffmann) who can run well and run all day. He also has an excellent forehand and effective serve.

My strategy was to hit looping topspin forehands deep into his backhand corner and be aggressive after that. As the match started he made uncharacteristic errors, and I was able to win the first three games.

On the changeover, he switched rackets and switched strategies. He started coming in to take my balls in the air and running around his backhand to hit as many forehands as he could.

“What did you do about it?”

I tried to figure out the next best strategy as he started to run a series of games. I tried hitting deep to his forehand corner to open up his backhand but his running forehand was so effective that did not work.

After the match I asked Bob Royden and Hank Irvine what I should have done and they both agreed the next step would have been to hit short balls at his feet.

Had I done that, I might not have lost the match 6–3, 6–1.

Afternoon Doubles

Then Ted and I teamed up for our rematch from last week vs. #2 Evert and Hank Irvine. And we both played very well!

In the first set, we were up a break, with Hank serving at 1-4, and feeling pretty good about our chances. But they held, broke, held, broke and held for a 6-4 comeback win.

Déjà vu all over again

In the second set, we again took a one break lead, with Hank now serving at 1-4, Love- 40 (three break points to take a two break, 5-1 lead). Hank served to me in the ad court … I ran around and hit a heavy topspin forehand return right at his feet … and he stuck out his racquet to hit a half-volley angled winner. He then continued to bring it to ad in and game point for them. We ran a couple of points and again had another break point, which they survived and then took the game.

We served at 4-2, with multiple deuces and a game point for us. But they held strong to break us again… and again run out the set for a strange 6-4, 6-4 victory. Close, but no cigar. Ted said he was going to have trouble sleeping tonight over the loss; but I said, “I won’t. I am tired!”

For scores on all the other matches (and upsets), click HERE.

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1 thought on “Double Evert Day

  1. He has a much bettet forehand than i , but running ?? Let’s see ?? and Soccer ?? Where did he play ??

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