Today was the last day of doubles round robin play… with Noble and me having two challenging matches scheduled (one in the morning and one in the afternoon—- and he had singles quarters in between!)
Our first match was vs the solid team of upstate NY of teaching pro Tom LaPenna and Bill Berry … and we played excellently! I served particularly well (and had only one double fault) and made every return of serve except one … and Noble ran around the court covering everything else! So, we registered a solid 6-3,6-0 victory.
Under the heading of “what did you do about it?”, when I served to LaPenna in the ad court, we used the Australian formation. He stood close to the alley, so I served effectively down the tee. And I decided to keep doing that till he moved over (and exposed his backhand); but he never did!
He faced his good friend, next door neighbor, and #2 seeded Steve Lunsford. Their 12:30 singles match was delayed and didn’t start until 2 PM. And, one hour and fifteen minutes later, they finished the first set, with Noble winning in a tiebreaker (7-5).
The second set was shorter (50 minutes) and belies the lopsided score of Noble winning 6-1 for the victory.
By this time, it was 4:15, with sunset in just about one hour+. But Noble (who is a retired M.D.) said he knew that if we played another match, either he or his singles opponent and friend Steve Lunsford (or both of them) would suffer an injury. So he refused to play a third match of the day and we are scheduled for 9 am on Saturday.
The rule? I believe a tournament cannot require a senior player to play three matches in one day; and the tournament referee immediately agreed (although, he did then search his handy guidebook, which was not definitive). Anyone know?
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