What should you do if you are leading in a tournament match (6-1, 5-1) and your knee starts telling you that you should not play the next round? Push through and get the victory/points or default on the spot?
That was 65s, #2 seeded Mike Dahm’s dilemma in his first round of singles at Longboat Key. His decision? Default before the match was over; so his opponent could move on – and the waiting opponent would have a match to play and not a “walkover.”
My Proposed Rule
Most players would probably have pushed through, taken the victory (i.e. points) and hoped their injury would miraculously improve overnight, so they could continue in the tournament. My proposed rule change? If someone drops out after winning, his opponent automatically becomes “a lucky loser” and moves onto the next round in his place.
That way the drop-out gets his points… the “loser” gets to play another match… and the next round opponent has a match to play. Your thoughts?
Today was Chuck Kinyon and my first round of doubles (as the #4 seeds in the 70s) vs. the solid righty-lefty team of John Lundquist (MI) and Gary Williamson (OH).
All four of us started out playing tentatively, resulting in EIGHT CONSECUTIVE breaks of serve. Chuck served at 4-4 and we finally held serve… they held … I held … and then we were able to break them for a 7-5 first set win.
Weird Second Set
At the start of the second set Chuck and I went on an Evonne Goolagong “walk about” and lost the first four games. At 0-4 we righted the ship by me keeping the ball in play deep and Chuck controlling the net. We were able to gain and keep the MO to win six games in a row for a 7-5, 6-4 survival.
For all the day’s results, please click HERE
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