TW Blog: Tony's Tennis Tales

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  1. TW Staff

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    We have a new blog series from Talk Tennis member, Tonlars. Follow Tony as he tries to make it on the pro tour. He'll be blogging about his experience.

    Check out his first blog here:

    http://bit.ly/15tzpkz


    If you have questions, please comment.

    Brittany, TW
     
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  2. shanx

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    good luck tony!
     
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  3. sureshs

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    Did you get paid for the charity event? I know some pros do it for free, while others don't.
     
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    Everyone here at TW is rooting for you Mr.Lars! :)
     
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  5. NLBwell

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    Hooray for TonLars!
    Good luck in your tournaments.
     
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  6. westside

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    Good luck Tony! Always enjoyed reading your updates in your other thread.
     
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    Good luck Tony, look forward to hearing of more wins :)
     
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    Good luck Tony!! Give it everything you've got!!
     
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  9. JRstriker12

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    Awesome! Can't wait to read your blog.
     
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    BTW
    Good luck Tony.
     
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    Awesome. I look forward to the updates TonLars.
     
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  12. onehandbh

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    Have fun and enjoy the process, Tony!
     
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  14. gmatheis

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    Click on applicants and then Tony's name (Tony Larson) and see all the tournaments he has won (or at least reached the finals) in both singles and doubles.
    Some day I really would like to see him play live !
     
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    I signed up for that tourney yesterday and saw his name as well. I hope I get to play him just to report back what it's like. Maybe in the second round though so I can at least win one round.
     
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    unseeded :twisted: :wink:
     
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  17. Velvet Ga el

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    Damn, Tony really loves bagels. No mercy for the weak I suppose.
     
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  18. amorris525

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    They are in for a rude awakening. Going to be funny.
     
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    Had a scare with all the rain that I might not be able to finish the tournament out before our flight, but I ended up winning the tournament! Will write an update for the TW blog tonight
     
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  20. maggmaster

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    Whats up with the 0 and 0? Non competitive?
     
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    Bagel shop city! Nice work.
     
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    Tony shoud be opening a pastry shop with all the bagels and breadsticks he posted.
    Quick question was the #2 seed David Martin the lefty who had played at Stanford? Sounds like the player who beat him would have been a good test in finals
     
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  23. JRstriker12

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    Wish I knew you were near my hood. I would have come out to watch. One of the guys you beat 0 and 1 is an instructor at a tennis clinic I took this winter. IMHO - He was solid to my 4.0 eyes, but looks like he didn't even make you break a sweat. LOL!
     
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    Subscribed! good luck Tony.
     
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    Wow. Great job. Double bagel of the #1 seed in the semis and double bagel
    in the finals. I don't recall this ever happening in a
    mens open tournament.
     
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  26. maggmaster

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    Do you think that results like that mean that you are ready to move to the next level? Whatever that is.
     
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  27. Govnor

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    Might be more representative of the level of competition, but I don't know.
     
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    Thanks guys, really appreciate the support here! Im about to write a blog about the whole thing so youll be able to see that within the next couple days likely.

    This was a different David Martin actually, the one youre referring to I know of since he was at the US Open Nationals when I was there the summer before last, and is an excellent player. I did not see this tournament's #2 seed but saw he had a close match with Nelson, and Nelson probably would have been my opponent in the finals but he had to leave.

    Landon actually is very solid, he plays a very consistent style of game. I thought I saw that he played D1 tennis at George Mason and has had some pretty good results in open events and some futures qualifying. His style just played into my hands though and I was able to be very aggressive. I think Townes (my QF opponent) was the best out there, with Nelson perhaps the next best.
     
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  29. JimBob24

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    Congratulations Tony, Very impressive.:)
     
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    If that was L.S. he was clearly a (very) strong 5.0 back in 2006 when I was playing at the same facility and (on occasion) team.
     
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  31. JRstriker12

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    Yes, sounds like the same guy.
     
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    Is he really fat now or something?!!
     
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    No, he looks fairly fit to me. He's not huge/ripped or anything, but looks to be in decent tennis shape.
     
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  38. Govnor

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    Good stuff Tony. Really looking forward to news from the National Hard Court Tourney.
     
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    Can ttw let tonlars borrow a wide angle hd camera or something similar? I love watching his progress.
     
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  40. onehandbh

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    And also up his sponsorship to help him play more
    futures tournaments. He has clearly proven to be
    ready for higher level competition -- doing better in the
    open tournaments than the other players TW has posted
    about sponsoring for futures.
     
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  41. TW Staff

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    Not sure how he could be playing any more than he is, seeing as he's played the last few weekends and is traveling to San Diego for the National Open next and is a working tennis coach. ;) Also, and Tony can probably speak about this better than me, but he is working to get his ranking and points up so he can get into the ITFs and Futures instead of being an alternate on a long list of players trying to break into a tournament.

    We sponsor our players with apparel and equipment, they are in charge of making their schedule, choosing their tournaments, and making their travel arrangements.

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  42. JimBob24

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    Good luck in San Diego!! There will definitely be some good competition there.
     
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    Quite a few good players in National Open Hardcourt, Tony definitely should have been seeded. Sort of a mixed bag a levels from what I see. What a fantastic place to play tennis in San Diego and Balboa park. Perfect climate. Good luck Tony.
     
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    I stand corrected, Tony is seeded #9 after viewing the draw. He has a great chance to win this tourney if he plays well. I would love to be playing this week just too busy to make the trip.
     
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    Argh, Tony...wish I had seen this before you played Reston, I would have come and watched!

    Good luck!
     
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    Late 20's still playing Open tournaments. Tony won't even make a 250 tournament unless they give him a WC. It is a shame because he does hit a great ball. There are too many players out there playing ITF Challengers that are just over 100 in the world.
     
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  47. Govnor

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    Looks like he plays tomorrow, with a bye today. Good Luck Tony!!
     
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    Its harder to get into a 250 than a slam.

    Winning tourneys like this will move him to the top of the list behind ATP ranked players in futures qually draws. Then its time to get that first point and begin the ascent!

    Good luck Tony and let me know if you come up towards Santa Barbara.

    Draw: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=125688
     
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  49. Govnor

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    Anybody with knowledge of the other players in the draw think Tony has a shot to win it? (I have no idea)
     
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  50. Gut4Tennis

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    absolutely any of the below players could beat Tony if Tony is not playing his best

    This event is stacked with ballers

    Clarke Spinosa (1)
    Konstantin Lazarov (9)
    Mario Becerra (7)
    Nicholas R. Ballou (9)
    Denis M. Nguyen (4)
    Gregory M. Garcia (9)
    Ace Matias (5)
    JC Aragone (3)
    Tim Kpulun (9)
    Xavier Smith (6)
    Danny J. Riggs (9)
    Derek A. Siddiqui (2)
     
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