Friday, August 31, 2018 (Court Day #192)
I arrived at Brommer Park a few minutes after 9 a.m.
Leslie (in white on the right) talking to Dale and his wife. Leslie stopped in to visit for a few minutes before heading out of town to visit a grandchild. Her husband Tim stayed long enough to play for a while though!
I bled for the first time—at least that I ever. John P. hit a shot and the ball hit squarely on the finger knuckle of my paddle hand. Ow.
Stuart and I had a couple of games against John Connor and Brad. Fun games. Stuart and I won both, the second one 11-5. I was playing well.
I got a game with Dale against Bryan and Binh. Bryan, even lazily playing, played great. I was trying hard to show Bryan that I’d improved—too hard. I was forcing shots, trying impart spin when I shouldn’t have. Dale was patient, but I bet he was getting frustrated with me. I adjusted my game and tried to go back to basics. My play improved, as did our score, but it’s a performance that I’d just as soon forget. Still, it’s such an experience to play with Bryan. It’s all touch and angles with him. It’s the opposite of playing with, say, Brennan, who plays a power game. Bryan, the ball just goes off at an unreachable angle that he isn’t even looking at!
As the session was winding down, Jane was sitting next to CeCe on the grass. I asked Jane if she’d like to play a game. Her eyes lit up and she said yes. So the day wrapped up with a couple of games of Binh against Jane and Olga. Olga played quite well. She’s continuing to get better. Binh is making progress but as a newer player has more time to put in. I learned that Jane helps coach the girl’s tennis team at Santa Cruz High School. I had no idea. Nifty. I had some great shots, missed a few shots, but overall, I played decently in those games.
By 12:45, I was on the road to home, then work.
Number of days on a court: 192
Number of total hours: 530.5
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