Matt Davie and I played our final round robin match vs. the tough team of Don McGoldrick (NY) and Bob McAfee (MA)… and it was a “barn burner”! They won the first set 6-4 and they were up a break and serving at 2-0, game point, when Matt and I came alive.
We broke and won SIX games in a row to level the match and bring it to the deciding 10-pointer. They took the lead and had three match points, serving at 9-6. Somehow, we made it 9-7, 9-8, 9-9 and then I served for the match at 10-9. Game, set, match for us … in just over two hours.
We finished our match just before 2 p.m. and were due back on the court for a tough semi-final match vs. #2 seeded Fred Drilling and long-time partner Clive Kileef at 2:30 p.m. So, I changed my clothes and downed a banana.
It turned out that wasn’t enough for what was ahead. Matt and I went up a first-set break, with Clive serving at 2-4; and we had two break chances to go up a commanding 5-2. We didn’t convert and they ended up running four straight games for a 6-4 first set.
The second set, Matt and I again game back to take it 6-2 … but I warned Matt that I was really tiring. I had no gas left in my tank and they cruised to a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 victory.
That match was about 2 ½ long; so having played over three tough hours on Wednesday, we had just short of another five hours on the court Thursday. I crawled up the hill to the scoring table and sat down.
Then it started … I couldn’t stop sweating and felt like I would black out. All the guys around were very concerned and very helpful… giving me water, salt pills, and a food bar. Matt volunteered to drive me home; and on the way there, the muscle cramps started.
I have had them before, but this was the worst ever… and my whole lower body cramped for a solid two hours. I drank pickle juice, took electrolyte pills and went into my whirl pool. Finally, at 3 am the cramps had subsided. And this morning (altho I am now SEVEN pounds lighter than yesterday) I feel OK – and glad we don’t have another match today.
Any good suggestions (other than “don’t play so much”)?
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