In today’s finals’ matches at The Meadows tournament, there was some predictable wins and some challenges. And a lesson about the importance of winning.
Men’s 75 Singles and Doubles
Hank Irvine took the court at 9:30 vs. big-serving Barry Shollenberger for the singles finals. I had predicted to DeDe: 6-3, 6-3 to Hank … but was one game too generous for Barry.
Since they were done by 10:45 and all the players were there, we were able to start our doubles finals at 11:15 (apologies to anyone who came at the scheduled time of 1 p.m. to watch!).
In the first set, Hank and I were in control and cruised to a 6-2 victory; and then went up an early break in the second. But with me serving at 2-1, Mr. Irvine and I both took a simultaneous “walk about” and they ran off four straight games.
“It’s Not Prostate Cancer”
I served again at 2-5 to stay in the set; and we were able to regain the MO… we held serve … broke them … held serve … and broke them again; so we changed sides with me serving the critical game at 6-5.
Several years ago, Aussie Legend Roy Emerson and I both had prostate cancer surgery; and at the camp that following October, I was playing an “important” Wanker team match. Roy came onto my court urging me on to try my hardest; and I said to him, “I will; but you know Roy, this is only tennis and it’s not prostate cancer.”
So as we took the court to close out the match, I reminded myself of that story and the relative “importance” of the match. I relaxed, got my serves in, and Hank effectively roamed at the net to put everything away; as we had a Love game to clinch the set, match, and title 6-2, 7-5.
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PS Speaking of prostate cancer, it just took the life of veteran tournament player Jim Landon (he of the incredible drop shots). RIP
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