Matt and I were able to finally play the Naples City Tournament 70s doubles final this morning at Cambier Park, under sunny and warm skies (leaving Florida this weekend for the summer).
Having won our first two rounds early in the month, we had been waiting weeks for the matches in the bottom half to be played. The semi-final was between #2 seeded Art Allen and Jeanne-Pierre Garnier vs. George Hahn and Ed Turville (older brother of).
Good friend Ron Bartlett went to the park on Wednesday evening to scout the match for us, sending regular texts updating the see-saw match. Allen/Garnier won the first set; but in between raindrops Hahn/Turville came back to take the second. And as they started the match tiebreaker, the skies opened up and they were rained out.
Yesterday, they played their match tiebreaker, with Hahn/Turville edging out the #2 seeds 12-10.
They are a tough team: with George Hahn hitting a big serve and big forehand; and Ed Turville hitting the Turville Family Slice Backhand. In the first set, they broke my serve twice; but we held Matt’s strong lefty serve three times … and were able to break their serves three times for a 6-4 victory.
In the second set, they went up a break; but we broke back for me to be serving at 4-4. Suddenly, we found ourselves in a 0-40 hole; and I was picturing the match going to another Ten Pointer.
But we took it “one point at a time” and I got mostly well-placed first serves in; so we were able to come back and hold my serve.
Then George Hahn served at 4-5 and he quickly went up 40-0; but Matt said, “We just came back the game before. We can do it again.”
And we did. 6-4, 6-4.
“Movin’ on up!”
I was very happy with how Matt and I teamed up… with his strong lefty serve and my steady game, we make a good pairing (I believe in three tournament and five practice matches we were undefeated, splitting sets one time).
Next year I turn 75, so Matt and I will team up for the Florida Super Senior Grand Prix January tournaments and see if we can do some damage in the 75s.
For the link to all Naples’ tournament results, click HERE.
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