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!
#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.
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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