I played my first match on Tuesday the 9th in Bad Breisig against a Swiss player from Basel, Yvette De Roche. The tournament ran somewhat behind yesterday…temps were near 90 (but quite dry) so matches were played at a slower pace and there were many three-setters. We got on court around 3pm, following Bart Theelen from Netherlands, the top seed in Men’s 55 (an excellent player).
I won and then Yvette and I had a drink (no, not alcohol, just juice for Yvette and soda water for me), and watched Margreth Beyer play the 4th seed. I play the winner of that match which turned out to be Beyer, with whom I am playing doubles this week.
I practiced early, at 8am when it was cool, no wind and really a nice time to hit for 45 minutes, with Stephan from the club and organizing committee.
It wasn’t a very interesting day…I did get the links to this website updated though!
Today, Wednesday, I have practiced and play not before 1:30 against Margreth. We have a bye in doubles (there are more than 4 teams and we actually are playing in the 65s!) so play tomorrow most likely. I talked to American 80s player Robert Anderman today and to Joe Daley yesterday…I think the only other Americans here. Anderman lost in the semis today to a Dutch player, Sasker, who upset the 2nd seed yesterday. I watched his match yesterday and Sasker is very very good, with extremely modern strokes for the 80s, semi western grip and 2-handed backhand! And fit. Daley is in the consolation and won his first consolation match yesterday.
Good Luck! I love reading your posts and hearing about all your travels!!
Thanks for reading!
Carolyn, is it possible to see last year’s draw and results for the National 70s mixed doubles? Where could I access that?