While at a tournament, the match next to me was between a pair of fantastic 86 and 89 year old players. It went to three full sets in three full hours. Was it dangerous to their health? Did it mess up the schedule? Should they be playing a third set tiebreaker instead?
That is the question one tournament director asks.
“Should 80’s plus have match tiebreaker for third scoring? Often a two-set match in these ages goes 3 hours; do we really need longer matches at this age. When and if I reach 80, I have no desire to play 3 hour plus matches. Should we really be risking injuries and health just to prove who can last the longest at that age? Then if you do survive a long match, you’re not much good for the next one. I know there are some die-hards that want to show how tough they are, but I think common sense and fun of the game should prevail.”
Even though one of my Naples Pelican Bay idols is nationally-ranked and super runner Gordon Hammes (who would want to use his advantage), I would agree with the writer on both the health risk and the probability of no gas left in the tank for the next day.
And maybe that concept could/should move down one age bracket into the 75s? If anyone is attempting to play both singles and doubles the same day, a full three set match could be a killer (literally?).
Next week: Playing dubs in the tournament at Payne Park, Sarasota and am seeded #1! Oh, did i forget to mention that my partner is Hank Irvine. 🙂 The tournament link is HERE
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