Sunday, June 3, 2012

Long overdue update on several (personal) tennis items

I haven't written about my tennis or the teams that I play on in a while - since March - and there are some that follow this blog just to see what's going on in my tennis world, so I thought it was time to write a post on the topic.

Firstly, through another captain's error, my men's ALTA team won its division, making it three bag tags out of three seasons this year for me. Actually, including USTA, it's been four bag tags out of four seasons in 2012 so far, because our mixed doubles team not only one its division but, Friday night, we played in our fourth City Championship in 5 seasons and, by winning, took home our second Atlanta city title! On to Augusta in August and the USTA Georgia/Southern League Mixed Doubles State Championships for the third straight year; can we repeat as State Champs?

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend Friday night's festivities because I joined a senior men's ALTA team for the first time ever, and had to play in my first match at the same time (and across town). My exceptional partner and I won 6-1, 6-1 as our team took 3 of 4 lines. Then, Saturday morning, our ALTA mixed team - having been moved up to the A-level after our City Championship this winter - played its first match. My new partner and I won one of the three 3 set battles and our team took 4 out of 5 points ... a great start for both teams.

This spring I volunteered as a tennis coach working Special Pops athletes at Fair Oaks Park on Thursday nights and last month I was once again an umpire at the Special Olympics, held at Emory like last year's event. This year I was doubly blessed to participate because my oldest daughter and her boyfriend came with me on Sunday and served as ball-persons during the singles competitions.

In between seasons - it was May 12 before I finally had a league tennis weekend off - I restrung my racquets and decided to try some much touted Luxilon (18 gauge Ace) strings on one of them. I love it! Also, I attended a Georgia Tech tennis round robin charity event that first Saturday off - great fun, I came in 3rd and won a GT t-shirt - and met a fellow alumnus that has his own red clay court. So, a couple of weeks ago I had the chance to play on clay for the third (?) time in my life and, though I lost, had a lot of fun and am hoping for a rematch soon.

Lastly, I have volunteered and received confirmation already that I will be working as a scorekeeper at the men's ATP event that kicks off the U.S. Open Series, the BB&T Atlanta Open, like I did for the 2011 Atlanta Tennis Championships.

As you can see, my tennis life has been - and continues to be - as blessed as ever this year; officially, I haven't lost a match since January 28. When will this wild ride end? Perhaps now that my winning streak has reached 13;-)

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