A Noble Effort


Under blue skies and comfortable temperatures today, there were singles matches and doubles semi’s and quarters.  And my partner Noble Hendrix played all day long!

Morning Singles

#6 seeded Noble faced off vs. #9 seeded Bill Simonton in a tight fought quarter finals match that lasted over two hours.  Bill was steadier and stronger and took the battle 6-4, 7-6.

Afternoon Doubles

Noble rested 45 minutes and then we took the court for our doubles semifinals vs. Fred Drilling and Clive Kileff.  And, it was another “barn burner.”

Fred and Clive took the first set at 6-4.  We then returned the favor and took the second set by the same score.

In the third set, we went up an early break; but they broke back and Fred was serving at 4-4 in the fading sunlight.  We were able to break him (not without some controversy again; which will be covered another time).

We served for the match at 5-4 … but of course we were fated to not succeed; and after two more holds of serve, we went to a seven-point tiebreak for the match.

They took an early lead and held on for a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory … and they will face Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson in tomorrow’s finals.

A Noble Effort

After playing nearly five hours of tennis today (and since there is no 3 vs. 4 playoff in this tournament), Noble hit the road for a three-hour drive back home to Stuart, Florida!

Please note, that while my tennis game (that started at age 27) is almost “fully formed” and will improve with minor tweaks… Noble started playing tennis only 17 years ago at age 58!  As good as he is now, he will only get better.

Which is better: playing poorly and winning yesterday or playing well and losing today????  I don’t know.

For all of today’s scores and tomorrow’s match schedule, just click HERE

CAT II Next Week: those seeds and draws are out and can be found HERE

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5 thoughts on “A Noble Effort

  1. Congrats to all. I enjoyed watching part of the match between my singles and doubles.

    George, it was a pleasure meeting you for the first time prior to that match.

    Two weeks ago I attended the Senior Excellence Tennis boot camp run by Phil and Myke Landauer and Mark Vines. Clive also attended that camp and, for a small fee, I can tell you what parts of his game he has been working on.

    Jim, i will face Clive again next week (this time with Bill Plummer as his partner); so name your price! george

  2. George, I watched your match yesterday and it reminds me that that the truly great players like Drilling, Parker, Vines, Turville, Cheney, etc., don’t always blow their opponents off the court. Sometimes they work very hard, both mentally and physically, to win a match. Sometimes they even get a little lucky! I think Clive and Fred relied on all of the above to win that match. Very well played!

    Mike, and last week, Parker relied on a “lucky” net court dribbler! thanks, george

  3. Wow did that bring back a memory, Rick Parker playing Fred and Clive in our first tournament. We won the first set 6-1, lost the 2nd 6-3 I think and in the tiebreaker had two match points. One was a return of serve by myself and I literally felt my arm tighten and hit it long. I will go to my grave with that bothering me and after the match Fred said to me, “You won’t forget that return”. He was right. But it still felt great to even compete at that level with them.

    Dave, we all carry some demons around with us! george

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