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« Reply #3100 on: January 16, 2012, 10:10:37 AM »
Played USTA last night.  Weird match, our opponents started on fire and we started slow.  Always tough going from our slower courts to those quicker courts.  They snagged the first set 6-3.  We broke twice in the 2nd and took it 6-2 and won the 3rd set (super tb) 10-6.  We won all 3 doubles courts and one of the two singles.  That puts us back into second place.  Second place is where we need to be, the best team always wins both winter seasons but the rules state they can only take 1 seasons' team.  That means second place for the other season gets to go.  :)
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« Reply #3101 on: January 17, 2012, 08:46:07 AM »
Played USTA last night.  Weird match, our opponents started on fire and we started slow.  Always tough going from our slower courts to those quicker courts.  They snagged the first set 6-3.  We broke twice in the 2nd and took it 6-2 and won the 3rd set (super tb) 10-6.  We won all 3 doubles courts and one of the two singles.  That puts us back into second place.  Second place is where we need to be, the best team always wins both winter seasons but the rules state they can only take 1 seasons' team.  That means second place for the other season gets to go.  :)

Ummmm last year we smoked everyone in the 2nd half!  Of course the team that won the first half didn't care since they had already clinched a berth to the districts in the summer.  Plus we gave them their only loss AT THE DISTRICTS.
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« Reply #3102 on: January 17, 2012, 08:53:21 AM »
Good points.  But right now they are like 8-1 or something and have #1 by the balls.

Sorry I could not hit last night.  Worked out anyways because I tweaked my back in the match on Sunday.  Still hurts pretty good.  I am more than mobile, I wouldn't want to play like this if I did not have to though.
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« Reply #3103 on: January 17, 2012, 09:14:05 AM »
I have now hit for at least an hour 4 out of the last 5 days.  Nothing serious but I am now starting to "feel it" at least from the baseline.   Get that back right so we can hit some.
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« Reply #3104 on: January 20, 2012, 07:35:18 AM »
Played Wed and last night.  2 good days of tennis.  I started out way rough Wed hitting about 10 balls into the net in the first 3 games and we got down 0-3 because of it.  I found the right stuff though and MC and I pulled it out against OSU and VC 7-5, 6-2.  MC and I have been playing really well together lately.  We also won a USTA match Sunday 3-6, 6-2, 10-5.

Played last night against with Jamesdster and 2 others who were much weaker.  It was the league where we play 35 minutes which each person so I got to play against Jamesdster twice which is the only reason it was fun.  Jamesdster did not seem too amused though with the quality of tennis the other 2 brought us down to.  He seemed pretty uninterested for most of it.  I of course see Jamedster on the other side of the court and I go for blood.  I held back on the big serves on the weakest dude, but other than that I played my regular game.  Although I never feel too bad about playing chip and charge, it's not like I am hitting the ball so hard no one has a chance.  :)  Last night I think I had:  7-4, 9-1 (That was Jamesdster and I) and 7-3.
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« Reply #3105 on: January 20, 2012, 08:23:31 AM »
Played Wed and last night.  2 good days of tennis.  I started out way rough Wed hitting about 10 balls into the net in the first 3 games and we got down 0-3 because of it.  I found the right stuff though and MC and I pulled it out against OSU and VC 7-5, 6-2.  MC and I have been playing really well together lately.  We also won a USTA match Sunday 3-6, 6-2, 10-5.

Played last night against with Jamesdster and 2 others who were much weaker.  It was the league where we play 35 minutes which each person so I got to play against Jamesdster twice which is the only reason it was fun.  Jamesdster did not seem too amused though with the quality of tennis the other 2 brought us down to.  He seemed pretty uninterested for most of it.  I of course see Jamedster on the other side of the court and I go for blood.  I held back on the big serves on the weakest dude, but other than that I played my regular game.  Although I never feel too bad about playing chip and charge, it's not like I am hitting the ball so hard no one has a chance.  :)  Last night I think I had:  7-4, 9-1 (That was Jamesdster and I) and 7-3.

It was torture.  I admire you for playing "like you mean it" in that environment.  I just wanted the 2 hrs to be over.  That plus the fact that I am probably closer to 4.0 now than 4.5 is really really weighing on me.  I don't know of anyone who's game has fallen farther than mine in the past couple of years.  And then again I don't know anyone who's game has improved as much as yours in the same span. 
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #3106 on: January 20, 2012, 08:33:51 AM »
Played Wed and last night.  2 good days of tennis.  I started out way rough Wed hitting about 10 balls into the net in the first 3 games and we got down 0-3 because of it.  I found the right stuff though and MC and I pulled it out against OSU and VC 7-5, 6-2.  MC and I have been playing really well together lately.  We also won a USTA match Sunday 3-6, 6-2, 10-5.

Played last night against with Jamesdster and 2 others who were much weaker.  It was the league where we play 35 minutes which each person so I got to play against Jamesdster twice which is the only reason it was fun.  Jamesdster did not seem too amused though with the quality of tennis the other 2 brought us down to.  He seemed pretty uninterested for most of it.  I of course see Jamedster on the other side of the court and I go for blood.  I held back on the big serves on the weakest dude, but other than that I played my regular game.  Although I never feel too bad about playing chip and charge, it's not like I am hitting the ball so hard no one has a chance.  :)  Last night I think I had:  7-4, 9-1 (That was Jamesdster and I) and 7-3.

It was torture.  I admire you for playing "like you mean it" in that environment.  I just wanted the 2 hrs to be over.  That plus the fact that I am probably closer to 4.0 now than 4.5 is really really weighing on me.  I don't know of anyone who's game has fallen farther than mine in the past couple of years.  And then again I don't know anyone who's game has improved as much as yours in the same span. 

Well, I have no "medium" pace, so it typically is all or nothing for me.  But when I see someone like you on the other side I get fired up all the more.

Your game, by the way, is perfectly fine.  You have not been playing enough big boy matches yet, but when you do, you will realize you are playing fine.  You keep working on that leg and let it gain it's flexibility back, keep hitting to keep your timing, and BOOM!  It will all snap back in place.  I would also assume for now that your shoulder is toast, if it ever comes back to normal then bonus!  If not, who cares.  The rest of your game is solid enough to cover it.  Less cheap points, but you will make up for that.  Plus, just the fact that you are a lefty and can still spin the ball in is a big plus, keeps your serve from being attackable.  I would play any tournament or big match with you any day of the week.  You always bring your game to the next level when it matters.  You just have not played any of those kinds of matches lately.  Plus, let us not forget that you had a chunk of time off for injuries in the last 6 months (You can blame me for some of that).
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« Reply #3107 on: January 20, 2012, 10:36:52 AM »
Played Wed and last night.  2 good days of tennis.  I started out way rough Wed hitting about 10 balls into the net in the first 3 games and we got down 0-3 because of it.  I found the right stuff though and MC and I pulled it out against OSU and VC 7-5, 6-2.  MC and I have been playing really well together lately.  We also won a USTA match Sunday 3-6, 6-2, 10-5.

Played last night against with Jamesdster and 2 others who were much weaker.  It was the league where we play 35 minutes which each person so I got to play against Jamesdster twice which is the only reason it was fun.  Jamesdster did not seem too amused though with the quality of tennis the other 2 brought us down to.  He seemed pretty uninterested for most of it.  I of course see Jamedster on the other side of the court and I go for blood.  I held back on the big serves on the weakest dude, but other than that I played my regular game.  Although I never feel too bad about playing chip and charge, it's not like I am hitting the ball so hard no one has a chance.  :)  Last night I think I had:  7-4, 9-1 (That was Jamesdster and I) and 7-3.

It was torture.  I admire you for playing "like you mean it" in that environment.  I just wanted the 2 hrs to be over.  That plus the fact that I am probably closer to 4.0 now than 4.5 is really really weighing on me.  I don't know of anyone who's game has fallen farther than mine in the past couple of years.  And then again I don't know anyone who's game has improved as much as yours in the same span. 

Well, I have no "medium" pace, so it typically is all or nothing for me.  But when I see someone like you on the other side I get fired up all the more.

Your game, by the way, is perfectly fine.  You have not been playing enough big boy matches yet, but when you do, you will realize you are playing fine.  You keep working on that leg and let it gain it's flexibility back, keep hitting to keep your timing, and BOOM!  It will all snap back in place.  I would also assume for now that your shoulder is toast, if it ever comes back to normal then bonus!  If not, who cares.  The rest of your game is solid enough to cover it.  Less cheap points, but you will make up for that.  Plus, just the fact that you are a lefty and can still spin the ball in is a big plus, keeps your serve from being attackable.  I would play any tournament or big match with you any day of the week.  You always bring your game to the next level when it matters.  You just have not played any of those kinds of matches lately.  Plus, let us not forget that you had a chunk of time off for injuries in the last 6 months (You can blame me for some of that).

Thanks for trying to cheer me up.  However, even though the kick serve is fairly effective, I would still love to be able to drop the hammer down.   Hitting the hard flat one was always nice to have at the ready.  Now everyone knows what's coming.  Holding serve should not be that challenging.
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« Reply #3108 on: January 20, 2012, 12:08:54 PM »
Welcome to the world of the average righty...  Just move forward in your mind on the serve, do not reflect on the nasty serve that once was.  You now need to structure your game around a nice lefty kick serve.  Never underestimate the power of a lefty kicker.

On the flip side, you still have the nastiest forehand in the club.  You seem to be returning pretty well off both wings (pfft, like anyone serves to your forehand) and I think your volleys have gotten slightly better.  The serve is just a small fraction yo. 
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« Reply #3109 on: January 20, 2012, 09:57:04 PM »
Welcome to the world of the average righty...  Just move forward in your mind on the serve, do not reflect on the nasty serve that once was.  You now need to structure your game around a nice lefty kick serve.  Never underestimate the power of a lefty kicker.

On the flip side, you still have the nastiest forehand in the club.  You seem to be returning pretty well off both wings (pfft, like anyone serves to your forehand) and I think your volleys have gotten slightly better.  The serve is just a small fraction yo.
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Avg righty my rear end!  You are the man!  I can still hit the ball if it is hit to me.  Don't give out my secret. 
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« Reply #3110 on: February 01, 2012, 03:23:11 PM »
Hit with Jamesdster again last night.  Good solid 90 minutes of hitting.  I feel like I need to relearn the topspin forehand.  I just want to smack the hell out of it, no patience at all.  I am still playing chip and charge so I barely ever use the top spin forehand in a match though.

Played USTA Sunday night with Brent.  We took down DC and some dude I had never played before 4 & 4.  We were on court 3 and our opponents were the weakest of the bunch.  Still fun to hurt some fools!

I think I am taking my eyes off the rock too early, making too many errors.  Need to refocus!
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« Reply #3111 on: April 03, 2012, 09:44:32 PM »
Hit with Jamesdster tonight for about 45 minutes.  First time I had seen a court since the kidney stones hit me.  I did OK, a little tired but I have been sitting on my butt or in a hospital bed for the last week and a half.  I bailed out of my doubles match tomorrow, tonight was what I really needed, just some 1 on 1 hitting.  I will do some jogging this week and see how I feel, strengthen up for next Wed tennis.  :)
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« Reply #3112 on: April 04, 2012, 08:35:37 AM »
Good to hear your are back on the tennis court. That always makes one feel better.
I'm having very little tennis this week. Seems to be tied up with Spring Break and Easter when people have other commitments and obligations.  :(

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« Reply #3113 on: April 04, 2012, 02:56:11 PM »
What!  Tell them they have tennis commitments!
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« Reply #3114 on: May 26, 2012, 06:20:41 PM »
Played a semi-final with OSU today, we should have taken care of business 6-1, 6-1 today but we decided to play like crap and extend the match much much much longer.  6-1, 3-6, 6-3.  96 degrees out today and it hit us like a ton of bricks.  Not cool to go 3 sets, I am fried and beat down.  2 finals matches tomorrow, both with OSU.  Men's Open Dubs and Men's 35 Dubs.
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« Reply #3115 on: May 26, 2012, 07:32:04 PM »
Why are you clowns playing in the 3.5 dubs?  Is the 3.0 full? :confused1:




LOL    Good luck!
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« Reply #3116 on: May 26, 2012, 07:52:08 PM »
Thanks for the tiny good luck wishes.  Tough match tomorrow against other usta teammates...
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« Reply #3117 on: May 26, 2012, 08:56:19 PM »
Hope the body holds up ok for you tomorrow.
Lots of fluids and shade, you know the drill.
Say "Hi" to Rodeo Boy for me! :))
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« Reply #3118 on: June 30, 2012, 08:44:27 PM »
I guess I should have updated this ummmmmm, a long time ago...

OSU and I won that final something like 7-5, 6-3.  It was a good fun match.  Played some since they obviously.  Took some time off to heal up some nagging injuries too.  Today OSU and I won a summer league match 6-4, 6-1.  We played a 5.0 and 4.0 team, we tooled the 4.0 player, the 5.0 tooled us, when we hit to him.  :)
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« Reply #3119 on: November 22, 2012, 08:30:50 AM »
Time for a day of rest, from tennis that is. 

I have played 6 days in a row and I am exhausted.  It took a set last night to get my legs under me.  I must have hit about 10 lobs that were as bad as they get just in the first set, made my opponents looks like Roddick hitting overheads.  Good news is we took the last two sets so it's a win.

I am 7-0 this season in the 4.5 USTA leagues.  Some tight matches, some push over matches.  Never started the season so well.  Played two solid 4.5 players Sunday with OSU, I think they were 5-1 this season.  We smoked them 2 & 2.  OSU played well and I played well too.  We were focused and pumped to play them.  All in all playing very well this winter.  Have some foot problems that the orthodics are keeping at bay enough to play tennis so that is all that counts.  :)

Happy turkey day!!!
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