TW Blog: Tony's Tennis Tales

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  1. Overdrive

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    Baller?

    Let me guess, the tournament is stacked with the highest seeds?
     
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    By "baller" he just means good players , and by "stacked" he means there are a significant number of those good players.

    So it's not like Tony just has to worry about 1 or 2 opponents, there are quite a few that could pose a threat.
     
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    I hope Tony takes out these guys. Playing higher seeded players consecutively in a tournament is going to be mentally and physically tough on him.
     
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    From my outsiders perspective, it seems as though Tony would be a long shot, given the seeding. Is that the case?
     
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    Given that upsets have happened before, I'm going to give Ton the benefit of the doubt.
     
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    I got a game off Tony last summer, I was leading 1-0, then it got ugly, 6-1, 6-0 :)

    I've never played anyone in my whole life as good as Tony and I was really amped up but really nervous too. I was thinking, "What if I can't even get into a rally and i don't even get to any of his balls? How embarrassing." Luckily I could rally on occasion but when your timing is off because of nerves you tape a lot of shots you normally make and your footwork is off. He'd still destroy me not matter what but i at least want to enjoy some better points.

    Seemed like a nice guy and i asked others if he took it easy on me. They said, "Tony doesn't take it easy on anyone."

    Maybe I'll get another crack at someone that good some day.
     
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    Looks like Tony won his first match 6-4,6-0
     
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    Thanks guys. Leg's not feeling too good :( hopefully it gets better tomorrow and/or I'll be able to play through it. Tough timing for this to happen but I'll do my best
     
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  10. Govnor

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    Good luck Tony, I hope the groin/leg hold up for you.
     
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    Good luck tonlars!
     
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  12. Gut4Tennis

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    With Tony hurt he should not make it any worse just because he feels pressure from this forum or TW to do well.

    Tony no need to overdue it man

    There's more important events to lay your blood and guts on the court for

    stay healthy
     
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  14. arche3

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    Ttw please send tonlars a new racket. Thanks. Great job on the W tony.
     
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  15. Govnor

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    Doesn't sound good.....Hoping the trainer can help Tony out more!
     
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    We've got him covered, no worries!

    Michelle, TW
     
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    Good job today, big match tomorrow, good luck.:)
     
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  18. Gut4Tennis

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    lol nice one :twisted:
     
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    gl tony

    first real test of the year vs a good 18 yr old
     
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  21. Govnor

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    Looks like this will be a real test! Kid he's playing has a verbal to Virginia.
     
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    Like this thread.
     
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    Do we know the result yet?
     
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    Just saw the scores updated on the draw...looks like he lost 6-3 in the 3rd.

    5-7; 6-4; 6-3 -- Looking forward to the blog!

    They are still in dubs though!

    Michelle, TW
     
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  25. Gut4Tennis

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    J. Aragone (3)

    5-7; 6-4; 6-3

    I bet it was an intense battle
     
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    Looking forward to hearing about the match, looks close.
     
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  27. Gut4Tennis

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    tony and his partner handed out 2 donuts just as we enter national donut day

    :mrgreen:
     
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    Tony, the guy you played in your 2nd match, Zach Northey, how would you say his game matched up compared to some of the other people you've played. I'm asking about his serve in particular.

    I've seen him play in person before, so I know he's a pretty big guy, about 6'4", 190-200 lbs, with a huge serve. Did you have trouble getting his serve back, or are you accustomed to returning serves that big??

    Thanks.
     
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    Thanks guys! Tough one to swallow today. I have enough of those under my belt though that I can handle it better now I think. Sometimes you're just not going to be at your best, though I still nearly pulled it off. JC will be a good college player.

    To answer your question Rob, yes Zach is a big guy. He serves big and gets his share of aces and forced misses and short returns. Id put him in a second tier, whereas some guys just also place the ball extremely well to go along with the power and you can feel helpless at times. Returning is a fairly strong part of my game and I was able to get in the points enough, and when I did I liked my chances for the point. He is such a nice kid so I wish him very well in his journey.
     
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  30. Govnor

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    Good luck in the Doubles!!
     
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    Too bad about your loss, I see JC beat Deiton B in straight sets recently also. Hopefully you can get healthy and stay healthy the rest of the summer. Good luck in your US open sectional. I see Evan Song and Brian Battisone are in your section qualifier. They actually played each other last year in the national qualifier.
     
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  33. Gut4Tennis

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    Tony

    great 76 in the 3rd doubles win over the #2 seeds.

    If you make the finals you might play 2 swinging Johnsons in the finals

    lol
     
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  35. Gut4Tennis

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    tony won a bronze ball for dubs
     
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    Congrats Tony on the 3rd place. Nice to come away with something after a long week!!
     
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    Congrats to Tony and his partner on a bronze ball.

    Read about it here!

    Michelle, TW
     
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    I think next up for Tony is the US Open qualifier from the Northern section. Looks like he will have his hands full this year, as both Evan Song and jump server Brian Battestone are signed up and in the draw.
     
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  39. BounceHitBounceHit

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    Respectfully, NO 4.0 will make Tony break a sweat. ;) BHBH
     
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    Haha, I think he was just saying that he himself was a 4.0 giving his 2 cents, not that my opponent was a 4.0, which wouldnt be the case since he played D1 and all. But thanks!:)

    Us Open sectional this weekend. If things go according to plan, ill either be playing Evan Song or Brian Battistone in the final. Playing mixed as well so should be fun!
     
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    You're not going to play Redfoo and his mixed partner? That would be an interesting match (in your favor of course). ;)
     
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    US Open Qualifier (Northern) update:

    Well, looks like Evan Song has withdrawn due to an injury. Battistone is now be the favorite coming out of the top half of the draw.

    http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=137565

    I've hit with both of the guys (Zishka & Turlington) that will most likely be playing Battistone in the 3rd round. They should have a good battle against each other.
     
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  43. Gut4Tennis

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    tony plays a 3.0-3.5 in the first rd

    why would a 3.0-3.5 pay $108.00??
     
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    Yeah that is a good question. Maybe someone else paid for him to enter. How many points do you think Tony's opponent will get? 0, <5, <10??
     
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  45. NLBwell

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    I'd love to see a TonLars vs. Brian Battistone match. Would be a YouTube sensation.
     
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    Maybe he is a Talk Tennis 3.0-3.5.

    You know, with a 120mph serve, who can hang with Errani, and can beat someone multiple levels higher with athleticism as long as it's a good matchup.

    In which case, Tony will be lucky to win a set. :oops:
     
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    LOL...on a more serious note, I know of a 4.0 player who has hit 115 mph serves on a radar gun. Outside of his serve though, he sprays balls all over the place and has trouble controlling his shots.
     
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  48. Gut4Tennis

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    you gave me such a good laugh I actually crapped myself

    damm you
     
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    I'm sure he'll get a few points ... he could easily hit a service return that clips the net and falls over or a lucky serve that doesn't get returned... but I'm fairly sure he won't get a single game.

    From Tony's other tournament results, he doesn't seem to be the sort to let up and give away a game or two just to make the other guy feel better. He routinely beats players 0 and 0, or 0 and 1 ... against a 3.5 I have no doubt he will double bagel him and get off the court quickly.
     
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  50. Gut4Tennis

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    i say he gets one golden set ( zero points lost)

    and 2-3 pts lost in another
     

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