The Winners and Next Tournament

Wow! The doubles finals at last week’s third tournament at Naples Bath & Tennis saw some VERY close matches. And this week’s CAT II at Sterling Oaks started with a total rainout of Sunday’s matches.

Sanchez/Casal Winners

Men’s 55 Singles
F (2) Richard Bechtel d. (1) Steven Brady 3-6; 6-4; 1-0Ret (inj)

Men’s 60 Singles
F (1) Joaquim Rasgado d. (2) Janos Latura 6-3; 6-1

Men’s 65 Singles
F (1) Larry Turville d. (3) William Rogers 6-0; 6-2

Men’s 70 Singles
F (1) Jimmy Parker d. (2) Donald Long 6-2; 6-3

Men’s 75 Singles
F (1) Fred Drilling d. (2) Ivo Barbic 6-3; 7-6(4)

Men’s 80 Singles
F (1) Gordon Hammes d. (2) James Curry 7-5; 6-2

Men’s 85 Singles
F George Boyce d. (1) Michael Claffey 6-3; 6-2

Men’s 60 Doubles
F Redding/Richard d. Latura/Persons 1-6; 0-4Ret (inj)

Men’s 65 Doubles
F (1) Dalphon/Wilkie d. (2) Kimball/Rogers 6-2; 7-6(5)

Men’s 70 Doubles
F (1) Parker/Rush d. (2) Irvine/Jonsson 6-3; 5-7; 10-8
CF Kinyon/Wachtel d. Ammons/Wright 6-1; 6-4

Men’s 75 Doubles
F Beatty/Lunsford d. (1) Drilling/Kileff 6-4; 3-6; 10-8

Men’s 80 Doubles
F (2) Dorrel/Pittas d. (1) Poindexter/Prusinowski 6-3; 4-6; 10-8

My First Singles Match

With the rainout yesterday, my first round singles match was vs. a very nice guy and nice player… George Mathison, a recently retired minister from Alabama. During warmup, I saw a close mirror image of my own game; so I knew it would be a close match.

Early on I discovered his best shot was backhand slice cross-court; so he saw very few of those. I served and played most everything to his forehand, which was good, but slightly erratic. The first set came my way with one service break difference at 6-3.

Playing With/Without Pressure

In the second set, I maintained my “controlled aggression” play and took a commanding (??) lead, serving for the match at 5-1. But just as the tennis announcers say on TV, my opponent “played with nothing to lose.” I got conservative and he hit out.

What was 5-1 became 5-2… then 5-3 … then 5-4, with him serving. I told myself to go back to what got me the lead and hit out on the ball; and I was able to break for a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Tomorrow is a rematch with #9 seeded Noble Hendrix in singles at 12:30 and first round doubles match with partner Chuck Kinyon, vs. local friends Paul Veltman and Rick Parker at 4:30 p.m. For the tournament link, click HERE

Federer and “Other Old People”

Yesterday’s rainout gave all of us a chance to watch – and fully enjoy – the great men’s final from Australia. How about the “aging pros” like The Fed, Rafa (only 30), Serena AND Venus, and the 38-year-old Bryan Brothers getting to the doubles finals (losing 7-5, 7-5 to the hottest team on the tour)?!

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