If you play tournaments, what you like to see next to your name in the draw is a local player with no tournament record. But sometimes there lies the dangerous “tournament sleeper”… a good player who just aged up or just started playing tournaments. That is what happened this week at Longboat Key.
Ken Fugate Who?
One of my local friends, Daniel Garrick said “watch out for this guy in the 70s singles.” And he was right! Ken Fugate of Sarasota was unseeded and played #5 seeded Ray Lake in his first round, beating him 6-2, 3-0 (ret).
In his second round, he faced #9 seeded Terry Tetzlaff (Clearwater, Florida) and lost only one game in cruising to victory.
Then, Mr. Drilling
In the quarter-finals today, he faced a real test in #3 seeded Fred Drilling. Fugate won the first set 6-2 (with some real “discussions” about line calls); but Fred came back to win the second set by the same 6-2 score. In the third, the “sleeper” was victorious for a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 upset.
On Friday, he faces #2 Jimmy Parker. What will be the outcome???
You ever face one?
In our quarterfinal match this afternoon, we faced the very challenging team of Nga Duong (a no more than 5 ft tall constant lobber) and Roland Klieve both of the St. Petersburg area.
I am not exaggerating when I say they actually hit many more lobs than groundstrokes. Lob, lob, lob, lob! Our mantra was “patience, patience, patience.”
A fatigued Chuck and I persevered for a grueling 6-3, 6-4 two hour victory; and we will face the #2 seeded Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson (who survived 3-6, 6-4, 11-9) in Saturday’s semi-finals.
For all the results, please click HERE
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