This week is the first-of-the-season senior CAT II tournament at Longboat Key, Florida. And today was the first round of singles play.
Two No-Seeds Play
Even though I did not get one of the SIXTEEN singles 70s seeds, I played a strong player – who also did not get a seed. Ken Campbell is a very solid lefty, who was a big time basketball player and varsity tennis at Vanderbilt University in his younger days (played with Naples friend George Morton!).
He started serving and took the first three games… and I was down 0-30 when I finally figured something out. As is normal, I had focused on hitting my topspin forehand crosscourt to his lefty backhand; but he didn’t miss anything. So I tried playing to his forehand… and he actually made some mistakes. So the first set score was 6-3.
While I won some points off forehand errors, his overall defensive strength was stronger than my offensive game…. And he took the second set by the same score. He will play the #9 seeded Dave Huff tomorrow; and the winner will get Mr. Drilling.
While I did make some forehand errors, they were on strong, offensive shots. And I was really pleased by the number of backhand winners I was able to hit. A summerfull of practice pays off!
For all the first day results, please click HERE.
Tomorrow will be a day off, then Chuck and I will start our doubles on Thursday.
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