The issue of darkness, multiple divisions being played in and real match play all continued on the Thursday of the Longboat Key tournament.
Some great comments from readers on this subject. If you haven’t read them, take a look at the previous post. I was especially taken by Tom Diehl’s comparison of “I have trouble seeing in low light situations” with other medical problems like having a blister or getting muscle cramps.
When I spoke with the tournament referee, he said he should have told us to play on until sunset; but we agreed that we were all being “nice guys” and not pushing the issue.
Multiple Division Play
So, our unfinished first match is STILL unfinished; because we were supposed to play it after our Thursday matches; but the one opponent had another match to play in the 70s age group. So maybe today???
Matt and I faced the veteran and likable team of Wendall Walker and George Pestrue on a sunny afternoon match. The strength of our team is my lefty partner’s amazing serve; but Wendall and George were able to break it in the first game.
But that was it … Matt and I settled down to win the next nine games and cruise to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
As I walked back from breakfast just after 8:30 am this morning, I get a call from the tournament desk saying we were scheduled to play our “called upon of darkness” match at 8:30 and our opponents were standing there and waiting.
Since we were uninformed about this and it was NOT posted on the website by the time we went to bed last night, they said “get here as soon as you can and you can finish that match.”
So I got Matt out of the breakfast restaurant and we hustled down to the courts. But just as we got there, the player who caused the conflicts by playing in two age division, stormed away saying he was quitting the tournament!
The Real Match
So we waited around until 2 p.m. that afternoon to play the deciding match in our round robin group vs. the solid team of Walt Peckinpaugh and Jim Kiesby. Whoever won that match would move forward to the semi finals on Saturday.
Even though we struggled to win almost every game, the first set came to us at a 6-2 score. In the second set, there were a series of service breaks and we found ourselves serving at 3-5.
Matt and I played solid, tournament tennis and won the last four games to take the match 6-2, 7-5. And we wait the winners in the other divisions (and will probably face #1 seeded Fred Drilling and Clive Kileff.
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