USA Italia Cup Team Falls to Sweden

Today we played a very good Swedish team and unfortunately things did not go our way. Sweden was simply too good for us and were the deserved winners of this tie.They got revenge on us from last year as we swept them and they returned the favor on us this year.

Mark played a very flashy lefty who has a big serve and a big forehand. Sometimes he can go wayward but not today he was totally on fire.
In my match it was much the same.My opponent did not have as big of a serve but had a monstrous forehand.I was up 30 or 40 love in multiple games but was not able to convert my opportunities to keep the pressure on him which was more than frustrating. Mark I ended both ended up losing 3,0.
In doubles Justin and Gabe lost a very close first set but were unable to stay with the Swede’s in the second.

On a more positive note for us we attended the official dinner to celebrate the centenary of the ITF and they did an incredible job despite some challenges. We were all going to have dinner outside together but since the weather was not good they divided the teams into two seperate locations.It was impossible to know that this was their back up plan as they executed it to perfection with incredible food and a good atmosphere with a live band and some dancing.

Next up for us tomorrow are the Australians who are also not clay court specialists so we are hopeful for a good performance.