|And the crowd goes wild!|
|Frank Fourgeau goes airborne|
Harborside Dental (HD) versus Johnny Malloy’s (JM)- Four of the five matches included a tiebreak.
Mike ”Da Dawg” Curran teamed with Sergio “The Silent Assassin” Rebolledo for HD on Court 1 to take on JM’s Scott “Cash Money” Harrington & Shawn “Please be Silent” Hedrick. Not sure how this one actually transpired, but in his own inimitable style, Da Dawg reported, “Serge played like a mother tonight; rode his bleep like Seabiscuit!” Hmmm, wonder if Serge would consider himself rode hard and put up wet? In the end, Mike & Sergio won 6-4, 7-6, and I guess Shawn really is a pain in the bleep, cuz Mike can’t sit too comfortably right now. HD 2, JM 0.
HD posted another two points on the scoreboard at the #2 position when Joel Hampton and I took on event host Patrick Kangwa and his partner Jeff Diggs. The story of this one was that no one seemed to want to win. Patrick and Jeff went up 5-2 in the first, before Niles & Hampton came back to take the first set 7-5. In the second set, Niles & Hampton were up 5-3 and served for the match at 5-4, but ended up having to win the second in a 12-10 tiebreak. A little drama and considerable comedy characterized this one, and we hope that compensated for the obvious rust we dropped all over Stadium Court.
Court 3 was the only match in this skirmish that didn’t involve a tiebreak or third-set. Pro League newcomer Todd “So Very” Wise & Peter “The Ringer” Redpath (Peter’s a Court 2 player all the way) played third court for JM against Mike Lawver & Mark Drons of HD. I can only imagine that the Wise-Redpath tandem was pretty imposing, both being over six-feet tall and crashing the net with abandon. However they did it, they took down Lawver and Drons with relative ease, 6-2, 6-4.
Tony Halski & Fran Coryell, two perennial winners from last season, strapped on the sneaks for HD on Court 4, and faced Steve “So Very Steady” Shortridge & Tom “Fit Me in Anywhere” Fisher. This was another humdinger of a match that ended with a third-set super-tiebreak. Steve and Tom took the first set 7-5, before Tony and Fran recalled their winning ways and took the second set 6-2. Unfortunately, neither Tony nor Fran has a very good memory, and they forgot all about those winning ways in the super-tiebreak. Steve and Tom finally closed it out 10-7. Somebody introduce those boys to Ginko Biloba please!
In mixed, Armor Persons & Kerry Kendrick of JM simply refused to lose. After dropping a first-set tiebreak to Dan “Da Man” Moenning and Christie Bradley, they came back to win the second 6-3, then held on to claim the super-tiebreak 10-6. I guess losing that poundage has turned out to be a good thing, right Armor (wink)?
All in all, it was a terrific start to the 2011 -2012 Fort Myers Ritzman Tennis USPTA Pro League. As usual the host club, the Landings, did a fantastic job of preparing the facility for players, their families, and spectators, providing readily available refreshments and ample seating.
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