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  1. dthomas

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    I was wondering how these guys who make it to the finals in these national tournaments are able to play singles and doubles for the entire week? I am 50years old and stay in shape by running at the track twice a week, but I can't imagine playing at a competitive level for an entire week against the best players in the country. If they are playing both singles and doubles, these guys must play two matches a day. How do they do it at without their bodies breaking down during the week? I'm amazed at what they are able to do!
     
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    Well, for one thing they're playing against a bunch of old guys.:)
     
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    Roids and bionic joint replacements :)
     
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    HA. I resemble that remark.
     
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    I'm wondering how these guys do it for an entire week at the national level? I am a 4.5 player and 50 years old, and I workout twice a week at the track. After playing a tough three set singles match with some of the guys at the club, I am sore the next day. I am wondering how these good senior tournament players can do it for an entire week? When I workout out at the track, I am running 5 x 100 meter sprints and 5 x 200 meter sprints, along with 5 laps of jogging to warm-up, so I am in excellent shape. I normal play guys that are younger than me, and I normally tire them out. I don't play tournaments, but I do have an interest in playing in the future as I get closer to retirement and my kids are grown and gone, so I am just curious to know how they do it. Are there any good senior tournaments players out there???
     
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    I play those senior national category-I occasionally, and I can tell you that the top guys can play singles and doubles the entire tournament because they can "coast" through the first 3 or 4 rounds without much effort. The top guys are usually former ATP players, former Davis Cup players, and former top NCAA D-I players, and it's just a walk in the park for them against all the 4.5 and 5.0 level seniors that fill out the draw.
     
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    Thanks! They must really be good players to beat 4.5 and 5.0 players that easy.
     
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    That is the truth.
    It use to be more that way on the pro tours and I would say today, there is a much deeper field such that early round tournament matches are no longer warmups for the top players and upsets are much more common.
     
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    I live just a few miles away from a small town called Hanford, California, where a guy named Graydon Nichols lives, who is 83 years old. He started played the senior tournaments in northern California when he was in his 50's, and is still playing in them today. He wasn't the top player when he started playing, but he kept improving his ranking throughout the years. Just a few years ago at the age of 80, he became the number player in the world in the 80's for singles. His story is quite amazing, and it proves that if a person can stay healthy and fit anything is possible. Even at 83, he made it to the finals of the national 80's singles on grass this summer.
     
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    I wouldn't know; I've only made it to day 3 ;-) I could probably tell you how _not_ to do it, but that wasn't what you asked.

    Dave Mc is right - the players who go 5 or 6 days deep in these tourneys are true world class players like Rick Leach who won 40s clay courts a couple years ago.
     
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    LOL, That's going to be my new plan! In M45S, I've got a sectional ranking and US ranking, but I've come to realize that I'll never improve to the point where I could actually beat the guys ranked above me. So my new goal is to OUT LIVE the competition, and someday become #1 in US in M95S by default =-) .... excuse me... more prune juice, please? =-)
     
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    I am interested in playing a national 50 this year as well. I have the same concern. Three of the guys I play with have rarely played in nationals but entered last year and all got to either the semis or quarters of both doubles and singles. They all had long matches throughout all stages of the tourney. All three were torn up afterward. Leg problems, arm problems, etc. It took them quite some time to get over it. One guy suffered for months and is still not back to 100%.

    However, I know another guy nearly 65(one of the best in the world), that plays all the tourneys, and has no problem. I have seen him play 3 or 4 matches in a day. He is a superhuman freak.

    Maybe if you play a lot of tournaments, you get used to the conditioning and the wear that it takes and it makes it easier. I will probably pass on entering unless I get in better physical shape and play more.
     
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  13. dthomas

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    Dave, please pass the prune juice my way too. My mother is 81 years old and is very healthy. She lives in Minnesota and still shovels her own snow like it's a walk in the park. I hope I can stay as healthy as she is when I'm in my 80's. She doesn't play tennis, but she does cross country ski. She is an amazing lady!
     
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    You can mark me in the column of people who played and were torn up afterward. I have been injured for months following a few cat I and II tournaments last year. I did have a good time playing them however.
     
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    I think that too. Senior tennis players are the only group of the population who actually want to age up!
     
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    Well, maybe we dont want to age up. We just want more time to improve. That said, I think I'm going to lose to the same people well into the 90s if I'm lucky enough to make it there.
     
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    He is definitely an inspiration. That is a very nice family and the sport of tennis is lucky to have them involved.
     
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    At 56, I've about given up on entering the singles draws. Way too lazy to get into the kind of shape necessary to compete in the heat, especially since there's no chance of getting past a round or two in the bigger tournaments. I have tons of respect for the guys who put in the "hard yards" at this age and above.

    If you look at the results in the draws, you find no shortage of "retirings" due to injury throughout the events. And, a lot of these tournaments are played on clay, so singles often ends up being more like a marathon race than a tennis match. Once you get to the 55's the number of 5.0 and above players drops off rather quickly.

    I can come a lot closer to being in good enough shape to compete in the doubles, though the heat can *still* be a problem at times. It *is* a blast to get to hang out with some of these great players and to get to know them a bit. And, even if you get the tar beat out of you, you get a chance to see how you stack up against some of these "legends". :)

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    At this age, it's all about the wheels AND the ability to play two-a-days. (I unfortunately posess neither!)
     
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    And someone else pointed out that there's a Lawrence Taylor entered.

    But, now I'm having to wonder if Roscoe forgot how to spell his name. . .

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mentalblock/4327116837/in/photostream/
    http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/Draws/EventDraw.aspx?T=83769&E=1&D=M&S=F

    Turns out that it *was* Roscoe, and he also played the following week in the Cat. II tournament in Naples. He was as gracious with everyone as could be and a good sport in his matches as well. It was great having him in the tournament.

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    Who is King Van Nostrand? If you look at his tournament record, he only lost one freakin game in the whole tournament and has only lost as many as 2 games in a set once in the last year. He was playing in 75's. Is he a former pro?

    And from the results, there are a couple telling things about these senior tounies. First, there are a bunch of injury defaults in the later rounds (quarters, semis, etc...). Second, most times, when someone plays a 3 setter, he loses the next match (this is what happened to Roscoe). So, it looks like these guys are less about superhuman recovery and more likely to take advantage of easier matches to get through.
     
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    King is a legend. I watched some of his play last week. Moves like a teenager and never misses. A lot of the matches that end up with lopsided scores are actually pretty darn good battles. It's just hard to win points against people like King or Jimmy Parker in the 65's. You can learn a lot watching these guys. It's just *so* hard to win a point against them.

    As to what happened to Roscoe, he did have a tough three setter against a very good 55's player the previous day, but I don't see him beating Fred Robinson any time soon, no matter what he did the day before. Fred is number one in the country and 5 in the world currently. http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/players/player.asp?player=40009891 I watched some of his match with Roscoe. I also got a chance to taste Fred's lefty forehand coming at me at high speed in doubles. :mrgreen:

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    I kept wondering what it was that got Roscoe out to play with us. Still not sure, but this might be a hint; from the Bocage tournament this week in Baton Rouge:
    ROSCOE TANNER TO PLAY MENS 55 & BOOK SIGNING FRIDAY EVENING
    Roscoe Tanner will play in the mens 55 division of this years tournament. He reached a career-high world singles ranking of No. 4 in 1979. He serve was clocked at 153 mph at Palm Springs in 1978 during a match against Raul Ramirez. Tanner defeated Guillermo Vilas in three straight sets in the 1977 Australian Open final to win his first and only grand slam title. Tanner lost a five-setter to Bjorn Borg in the 1979 Wimbledon final.
    Roscoe will also be signing copies of his book Double Fault: My Rise And Fall, And My Road Back! on Friday evening April 16 during the tournament.

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    I'm heading to Bocage tonight (6 hour drive) I'll let you know how Roscoe looks...luckily I'm not in his draw...
     
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    Good luck and let us know how the tournament goes! Now that you've had to buy all white maybe you should plan a trip to the grass.
     
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    They handed out shirts with no collars at both tournaments I've played in that required all whites/collared shirts. :)

    Which draw *are* you in, atatu?

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    That's funny!

    This looks like a good event - some great potential matches on tap if the seeds hold.
     
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    Which age groups are you most familiar with? Do you play some of the senior tournaments?

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    I have played some and hope to play more in the future. They are a lot of fun. I'm actually familar with a lot of the age groups! In this one I think the potential matchup in men's 40 will be interesting. I am familiar with Eion and he is big lefty while Oren is quite the wily competitor I have heard. The men's 55s with Roscoe in the draw will be interesting also. I am pulling for Phil L to win that one. The women's draws tend to be quite small in this event but I think in the 45s the final will be Myke Loomis and Kathy Vick.
     
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    I recently played Eion and can confirm that he is a big lefty, with a nasty serve/volley and a great 2 hand backhand service return.
    I didn't see the 40's draw on the link above.
     
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    I'm in the 45's singles and 40's doubles...or should I say the 45's consolation draw and the 40 doubles. "Good" news is that in doubles our opponents pulled out, so we are in the quarterfinals...bad news is we play the #2 seeds.....
     
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    I've seen Oren play. Was shocked to see anyone seeded ahead of him.

    Met Phil L a couple of years ago at the 55's clay courts. Some of the big names don't tend to be particularly approachable, but he was as nice as he could be. I had seen his amazing record and was expecting to see a monster of some sort, yet he's very "average" looking. My sense was that his concentration level may be "Tiger-like", though.

    At least there *is* a women's draw. Too often, the women's draws don't "make". New use of the term for me that I've learned recently at tournaments. :)

    I note that the 60's hard courts is also going on now out in California. I've become a fan of Brent Abel. Might get interesting with him and Brian Cheney and Larry Turville.
    http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=82103

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    I would be shocked to see any seeded ahead of Eoin. And i see that he didn't lose any games in his first match. Not surprising.
     
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    Congratulations on making the quarters in singles as well.
     
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    Oren looks like he had a bit of a battle.
     
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    Thanks, I got smoked today by Paul Wagner who is a teaching pro in Dallas. We were at 2-2 and I lost 10 straight games ! He was too good and once I fell behind I started going for too much. Oren had a battle with a guy from Chile named Alfredo Rivera, great match. I saw a little bit of Tanner's match today, his serve doesn't seem that fast to me, but his old school groundstokes were pinpoint accurate. The incongruous thing to me is that he was wearing "skechers" tennis shoes....I'll post some pics later..
     
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    1. Ten games in a row? OUCH!!

    2. Maybe Skechers is the only shoe company that will take a check from ol' Roscoe. ;)
     
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    good job that you won your first round and sounds like you started well in your second against a tough player. How do you like the tournament?
     
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    Collins is cruising through the draw. Motevassal might be wearing himself out playing two age groups plus tough match already. Should be interesting though in the final. Score not up yet for Phil v. Roscoe.
     
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    Brent is a super nice guy. I noticed he lost today though. That age group looks tough. Larry Turville whips everyone I think! It will be interesting to see how he goes with Brian Cheney if that ends up being the final. The score for Phil and Roscoe isn't up yet but I am definitely curious about that one.
     
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    Brent's blog pointed out that Newman and Turville lost in three in the doubles. That almost *never* happens. I'll blame the hard courts.

    My money's on Phil in his match with Roscoe. Reynard is a *horse* in the finals, though. . .

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    Brent is a very knowledgeable proponent of the all court game (an "anachronistic" concept :), automatically tipping you off as to his age, if you didn't know better) and his advice for the aggressive net player is sound and wise.
     
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    Yes he is very smart and a good communicator too. I think there are a lot of advantages to learning an all court game because it forces players to think and plan to some extent versus mindless ball bashing. I enjoy watching high level seniors tennis for this very reason. Some of matches are amazing with cat and mouse tennis and points that use the whole court.
     
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