Tuesday, September 23, 2008

missed it by that much

Day 26 of 365 in the “Marathon of the Dope” . . .

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Well, we did pretty darn well for ourselves on the tennis courts last night during our Semi Finals match and only missed advancing to the Finals by a loss of 9.5 points to 7.5 points.

My own match, as well as two others of six, went to tie breakers. We lost our tie breaker by (7-5) after splitting sets 3-6, 6-2.

And yes, I did say to our captain, “Sorry about that, chief.”

Another men’s team went to a tie breaker as well and lost 7-5, 4-6 (7-3) - and so our fate was sealed.

Oh, well. As the saying goes . . .

. . . still would have been sweet to knock out the number one team for a chance at the Championship. Maybe next year.

And did I blink and September is almost over?

Holy Moly, what happened to it? Seems like only yesterday it was hot August on the courts.

Which means I transition next week into Bubble tennis for the winter. First time I’ve played through the winter since . . . er, let’s just say over ten years ago or more.

Looking forward to not losing all my skills over the winter this year and getting more consistent with my strokes.

I find a big part of staying on top of your game is actually playing a lot - and not just match games, but practicing as often as is practical.

Somebody once asked Monica Seles’s coach how she could hit the ball like Monica. The coach told her - go out and hit 45,000 balls on each shot.

Makes perfect sense.

Anyway that is precisely what Monica did. She would get up earlier than the others and fill a ball machine many times over and work on one stroke at a time. After hitting, say the backhand down the line, 45,000 times she got to a level of consistency that bordered on scary good.

Now you know the secret of A league tennis. But do you have the time to put in?

That is the problem at a club level.

Still, much fun to be had at any level of play and it’s great exercise.

Until tomorrow . . .

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