Lost the Battle But Won the War
Today was an on-court war. After buying a new Dunlop Aerogel 4D tennis racquet, a bag, and Kirschbaum Pro Line II strings, I've been playing the best tennis of my life. I decided to put myself to the test and battle it out with Juniors from all over Florida in a tennis tournament located in XXXXXX XXXXX. I had a bye to the Quarter-finals. Yay...
My first match was against a kind of friend named XXXXXXX. It wasn't much of a challenge. It was over in like 45 minutes and I won 8-2. My next match was scheduled to be at 11:00.
My next match was against the number 1 seed who looked like a defensive line-man all the way from the University of Florida. "Oh geez, this'll be tough." In the whole match, we only had 1 hold of serve. Every game was a break.
It went 1-1. 2-2. 3-3. 4-4. We were nearly dying from the heat. Our first 4 games went 7 deuces each. 5-5. 6-6.
Now we were nearly on the floor. 85 degrees with 30% humidity isn't easy on the body. I looked to where my coach and family was watching. This time I saw a few new faces. It was my friend XXXXX and his brother XXXX. This brought me newfound strength and a little bit of eagerness to end this match.
6-7. This guy really had me on my heels. If I didn't break him now the match would be out of my grasp.
It went to a deuce. "Oh for the love of goodness I hope this guy will have a heat stroke or just die or something," I thought in vain.
But my luck was out. He bombed a body serve and my forehand crashed into the tape of the net.
The next point was my last. He hit a nice kick serve and a hit an awkward backhand slice. He got REALLY lucky then. He hit a forehand on the frame and it tipped the net and plopped over. "Are you kidding me? AGAIN?"
Despite losing, I felt I was playing quite well and I think I'll have a good shot at my next tournament. All in all, it was a pretty productive day.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Hi, it's SR. Blogger once again posting after a long delay! JR Blogger and family went to a little hideaway we enjoy in the Florida Keys. For those of you who don't live in the US or have not heard of the term "keys" in relationship to "Florida" as in Florida Keys let me explain. The Florida "Keys" are a long string of tiny islands that stretch from just south of Miami Florida to the Southernmost point of the continental United States. That most Southern point is called Key West. Even though it is South it is West! Go figure! :) Anyway, Mom, Jr. Blogger and Sr. Blogger decided to head South....towards Key West....but we stopped about half way along this long string of beautiful islands. We stopped on an island called Islamorada. (Whoever can post a comment about what Islamorada means will win a big big SMILE! Sorry, no gold crowns for Wizard 101 or even any sunken pirate treasure. Just a great big smile.) Like the sun which rises and sets over the beautiful Florida Keys. This picture is just a small sampling of how the "keys" look. I will post more (and maybe JR. will too) in the next day or so when I finish all my "work"!!
I tried to get at least one post up after the trip and "tease" you with more of the great adventure we had in the Keys. Just to keep you "hooked" (although we didn't fish) we could be posting some great pictures of incredible fish, skies and the dangerous weather which can come up so quickly along these island pearls called keys. It's an exciting place filled with adventures, interesting people and animals and the legends of pirates! That's My2Cents on the Keys...and more to come.