Sunday, September 30, 2018 (Court Day #206)
I was up early. There was no cloud cover, it was going to be a beautiful day. I arrived at Derby early, about 8:45. Nick (from Monterey) and his friend Tami (from Prunedale) were already there, dinking over the permanent tennis net.
Jean, Allan, Craig, Leah, Dan, Janet, Olga, stuart, Maria, Bruce, Karl, Grita, and a man I don’t know.
I played a random assortment of games. There weren’t lot of strong players around, though Nick is already in the mix. Eric and Oleg would arrive a bit later. There would be no Dean, no Terry Long, no Leslie, no Kim, no lefty Steve.
John and I agreed to wait for the other so we could play together. That person turned out to be me as the waiter as John finished his rather long game!
During a game, John turned to me and said, “You are playing very well.”
John and I got in a game with Eric and Oleg. John and I won 11-5. We had a rematch and John and won again 11-8. A first happened in the first game, I hit a ball (unintentionally) back over the net with the side of my paddle—it happened to be for a winner, but very weird!
Eric and Ted B. took on John and me. I was expecting a fairly easy win, but Eric played a great game and Ted also played really well. John and I lost by a substantial margin. We were all dragging but played one more game. John and I had been playing for over three hours. John and I pulled ahead early and cruised to a win. It was 12:29 p.m.
As the site coordinator, i was responsible to close the court. One game was still going.
Tami drives a forehand toward her friend Nick as Oleg (nearside) and a man visiting from Palo Alto look on.
Their game wrapped up and, and me as a glutton for punishment, snuck in one more game. Nick and me against Dan and Oleg. After falling behind initially, Nick and I won. I was still pretty beat. Dan gets away with some things with youthful speed. Once he gets his drop shots and a bit more strategy, he’ll join the elite of the club. It’s only a matter of time.
A take-away for today is the reminder to set before hitting the ball. I drove a short return right into the net. Later, I noticed Angie doing the exact same error.
The USAPA sent out an email announcing the “3rd Phase of UTPRs”. I checked and they moved my rating up to 3.446. Up a little bit since their last announcement. The two upcoming tournaments for John and me are not sanctioned and so will not affect our ratings…actually, I think if Livermore submits their results, it might, since they are using PickleballTournaments.com. Then again, they’re the tournament with their online registration all messed up, so who knows.
Number of days on a court: 206
Number of total hours: 571
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