Today Dad and I took on Susan Wright and Enver Mehmedbasich in the final of the USTA National Father/Daughter 80+ Hard Courts. There were a lot of gold balls on this court going into the match (Wright: 79; Mehmedbasich: 9; Graydon: 51; Carolyn 30, for a total of 169) and everyone wanted one more. I mean we are playing for the love of the game and for the competition, yada yada yada, but really, it’s all about the gold balls. 😉
Actually, when your father is 89+ as mine is or even a youthful 82 as Susan’s is, it’s really special to play with one’s father, though it’s special at any age.
Dad had asked what he thought our opponents’ strategy would be today. They saw the end of our match yesterday where Dad was on fire, hitting lines right and left with his volleys, so my comment was that they weren’t going to hit the ball to him at net. Susan is an excellent strategist. I was pretty much right, so there were a lot of long rallies since Dad wasn’t in play to put the ball away! We started well, breaking Susan in the first game…then lost the next four. It wasn’t looking too promising. However, we cut down on our errors and leveled the match at 4-4 and even had a set point at 6-5, on Dad’s serve but the set ended in a tiebreak which we won 7-1. We carried the momentum into the second set, going up 4-0, but I was broken at 4-0. From then on out it was a tight set, which we managed to win 6-3. It was a fun, good quality match to finish the tournament.
In other action, the team we played yesterday, Jody and Don Neuman, won the bronze.
The father/daughter open was won by the Faillas in three sets over a South African team.
The senior father/daughter was won by local stars, John and Hannah Holliday, in three sets over the top seeds, the Morse-Karzens 7-5 in the third, despite dropping the second set 6-1.
The super senior father/daughter was won by Herm Ahlers/Krista Oconnor over the Ouwendijks.