Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Finals

Peter Allen & Tommie George

In my sixth and last tournament of the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix series, Hank Irvine again teamed up with me for doubles, as the #1 seeds at The Meadows Country Club.

Starting Strong

After a first-round bye, we faced to solid team of John Lundquist (MI) and Ken Baker (Kissimmee, Florida) on Wednesday.  Hank and I both played very, very well … made very few unforced errors … and won 6-0, 6-0.

Semi Finals

Our match today, Thursday, was against another solid team of Tommie George (who we bested last week in the finals) and his partner Peter Allen (both from MA).  After exchanging service breaks, they were serving at 2-2.

Hank and I got on a roll and won NINE consecutive games… and were serving for the match at 6-2, 5-0.  Then …………………

They broke our serve (but who cares, we were going to win anyway, right??).  We had two match points at 15-40 in their next service game; but they survived.

But so what?  We served at 5-2, 40-15, with two more match points.  But they came back and broke us for 3-5.

They held serve; but so what?  We served at 5-4, 40-love, with three more match points.  They came back to break us for 5-5; and they held serve.

Now, we are serving 5-6 to stay in the set.  We held to bring it to a second set, seven-point tiebreaker.  They took an early lead and held on to tie it at one set each.

Match TieBreaker

We took an early lead and held on till they were serving at 6-9 (three more match points).  They made some great shots (one being a reflex volley lob winner off our overhead at them) and brought it to 9-9.  They then took two of the next three for a 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10) Patriot-like come-from-behind victory.

Ten match points… Incredible, huh?!

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5 thoughts on “Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Finals

  1. ALL I can say is WOW!!! The first tournament I played when I was 16 and had just moved to So Calif, I played at Billie Jean’s community park in Long Beach. In the quarters I was down 13 match points. In the semi’s I was down 11 match points. You should have talked to me and I could have told you about playing match points:)! As if there was really an answer to that :)!

    Fred, if we knew the answer, the story would have been “we almost lost.” thanks, george

  2. Wow! That beats ’em all!
    My best come-from-behind-victory was in the finals of the Russian Senior Summer Championships in 2015. I lost the first set 3-6, and was trailing 1-5 in the 2nd. I won a long game at 1-5, and at 5-2, my opponent was up 40-love on his serve. I managed to break his serve, and went on to win the set and then the match.
    My ancestor, Lev Vladimirovich Urusov, had won this tournment in 1908. A Russian tennis Website had posted that he never claimed his trophy and advertized that the trophy could be claimed by a relative. The Russian tennis authoritities gave me his trophy, and engraved it in both Russian and Engish. I am not certain why my relative never claimed the trophy. I do know he was later sent to Japan for an extended period as a diplomat.
    Of course, it was improbable and lucky. But when I broke to make the score 3-5, I believed I could win and that played a role .

    Nick, great story! george

  3. George-
    I hope you don’t have to dream about it.
    Heartbreaking loss. John

    John, trying to block from my mind! George

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