You may have seen the AT&T commercial where the patient asks the nurse about his surgeon and she says, “Oh, he’s OK.” And the punch line is “OK is not good enough.” That was the story of our semi-finals doubles match on Friday.
OK was not good enough …
Noble and I played “OK” Saturday vs. the #2 seeded team of Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson; but OK is not good enough against a world-class doubles team. While most all the games were deuce/ad games – and Hank said afterwards that winning 6-8 critical points could have swung the match to even – it didn’t. And they cruised to an easy victory.
So the secret to beating the top players/teams is to play your best … and hope to catch them on a day when they are not. Otherwise, you will see players like Hank Irvine, Fred Drilling and Jimmy Parker “raise their game” at crunch time to control the match. Also, consider …
- In doubles, one partner is normally the
superior player; so play as many balls as possible to the other.
- Even the top players have one shot or
side that is weaker than the other; so try to hit there.
- And, most have a “weapon” you want to try to avoid (e.g. Fred’s forehand, Parker’s drop shot, Hank’s overhead).
Your thoughts on playing the top players?
Here are the rest of the results…
- 65 Doubles: Local friends Howie
Ames and Tom McGinnis went three full sets with #1 seeded (and #2 in the
country?) Tom Meigs and David Schmeer, but lost 3-6 in the final set.
- 70 Doubles: Steve Shreiner and
Andre Marois bested Dave Wendt and Allen Geraci (who upset Larry Turville
and Mas Kimball) 6-2, 6-4.
- 75 Doubles: Hank Irvine and
Evert Jonsson were in good form, winning 6-3, 6-1 over Fred Drilling and
- 80 Doubles: Good friends Dick Valentine and Michael Fenster paired up to win their finals with a beautiful double-bagel job.
For other scores for this week’s tournament, click HERE.
For next week’s World Tennis event draws, click HERE.
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