Played Sam. I hit great. Usually I leave a match saying I had three good shots. But this time I can actually say almost every shot was a good shot. Serves were off but I know they can be a lot better. 6-3 6-2 Thank you Sam!
Played Misha. He serves very well and is very good with his backhand slice. I did not deliver my shots the same as in the first match. Serves again were off. 3-6 2-6. My hand seized up at the end. A lot of playing in one day. Maybe too much. But Dubs still have to be done. Good job Misha! Your serves are consistent.
Dubs. Worked hard. My hand seized up in the second set. Rubbed some Vicks on it and massaged it between points. Better in two games. A valiant effort on all parties. 3-6 2-6 Thanks Jacques Kyle and Laurence.
Played Jacques. 6-2 6-1 Good match. Only a few DFs After the first few games the shots were flowing well. Thanks Jacques.
Jean Francois and I. A good lesson. A few too many DFs. He is a great player. consistent underhand serve. I did not get back enough. Hovered on the baseline far too often. Shots were not there. I had a few but not many. 0-6 0-6
WOW! Johnathon Tremblay and I. Great match. I DFd far too many times. It was great having the officials there for this semi final event. We both were corrected on a couple of calls. It was an honest match with honest players. 6-2 1-6 5-7 Johnathon paid me an incredible compliment by saying he had never played an opponent with such a wide range of shots and skills. He said he our country it too big it is too bad we cannot play together more often. He wanted to learn how to ply against my game. I also would like that chance too.
Thank you John. I do not want to follow the pack.
The event was filled with competent organizers and committed players.
The next two years will allow me to develop consistency in these abilities.
Now for a rest to heal my shoulder.
OOPS one more match tomorrow!
A great final match. I was well rested and ready to go. I woke up at 5:30. Went to the freezer at 5:40 then back to bed to apply the ice on my right shoulder. Over an hour I iced the front back and side over and over again. The large frown hot water bottle stays solid for a long time when it is insulated by the bed and the blankets. Out of bed at 6:50 to make eggs and toast. I prepared my equipment, extra clothing and nourishment. I knew what I wanted to do as I drove to the courts. Once I arrived I did my stretches, drank a little coffee and socialized with my friend/fellow Canadian and opponent Kyle Thompson.
Once we were to start my decision was to hit hard, period. The results did not matter. Recover deep. Hit the ball hard. TRY!!! |Try to play the way I want to play. No lob crap. Low hard fast balls. No net. NO LOBS. Shots that pull me wide would not be lobbed back. No. They will all be slices hard and deep. On those shots I don’t care if they go to Kyle. Just the hard deep slice.
Forehands. Past the baseline is okay today Net is not. Use all your serves and all the spots. Stick with a kick to reduce the DFs. I made these choices before I started. I stuck with them. I the last game of the match I was desperate. I went to the lob game loosing both points. The last four points were a fight.
Thanks you Kyle!
How would I look at my decision? Wise choice. I made many bad shots and even missed a few balls. Early in the match I tried a couple of slices. But he had no problem getting to them. Too many DFs. BUT I did vary my serve and that really worked well. I want to play this game. I had it on both Thursday and Friday morning. I just worked better on those mornings. But that is the game I have to have.
3-6 2-6 A two set slaughter can be done in a hour or less. A decent time would be 1.5 hours. We were on court for almost two hours minus about ten minutes for bandages.
Shoulder needs to rest. I will see aht the professionals ahve to say. I hope i can hit again in a ocuple of weeks