TW Blog: Tony's Tennis Tales

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  1. HunterST

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    Tonlars for president!
     
  2. BounceHitBounceHit

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    Great effort Tony! I knew you could play at this level!!! :) Best, BHBH
     
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    I thought TWO years ago we all agreed Ton had the groundies to compete close to ATP levels, but even HE agreed he needed work on his serves.
    Now, two years later, it's no revelation he can compete, and he needs to work on his serves.
     
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    I really think it's great how you are able to learn from your losses and plan how to get better because of them. Keep it up!:)
     
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    I can provide a tennis tail from the other side of the net aka being bludgeoned to death.
     
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    TonLars, are you coming to Colorado this year?
     
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    Please come to the Colorado State Open next year Ton Lars ! Let any of us Colorado guys know you're coming and we'll arrange a place where you can stay.

    Brian Battistone was here and after looking at his record I saw you beat awhile back. How is it like playing Battistone with his serve and all? That was a very good win for you
     
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    Ah Texas, the weather pattern there is erratic. :lol:
     
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    Tony,

    It was great to see the positive tone of your blog this week. Sounds like things are looking up.

    Cheers,

    Tim
     
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    Nice break and I thought it was funny when you asked the camera operator the score. There were quite a few shots that stood out to me but especially that retrieval at 0:09 and that impressive forehand winner at 3:29!
     
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    Nice videos, Tony!

    I don't know if you've talked about it on here, but I was wondering what your diet is like. Seems like you're in great shape and have been able to sustain it for a long time.
     
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    From Tony's Blog:

    It might be interesting to some people that I do not drink alcohol, and basically never have my whole life save for a couple sips of wine. Since I had never started on it the last 30 years, I have never been interested in it I guess.

    About alchohol, you're not missing anything. Seriously. Woah Tony, I thought you were in your early 20's..

    Anyways, it is a good time to test out some frames during the off season. Federer attempted to do the same thing during the two clay events during the summer, but was injured. Since you play with a Head Flexpoint Radical, I would assume that they are hard to find if you want to stock up on some more frames.. :(

    Thanks for sharing your training regimen! It's interesting to see what a pro player does to keep in top shape.
     
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    some of those training "games" look brutal!!!! I would need a large trash can nearby!!!
     
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    Loved the first two videos. I will need to do the drill in the 4th video since I chip and charge too much and need to start destroying sitters!
     
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    It's the summer tournament season! Where is Tonlars?
     
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    I know Tony has been injured but I think he should be back soon.
     
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    Get well soon Tony!
     
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    Ive been injured, but thanks for asking! It has been an incredibly rough year for me getting over what happened to me last year off the court as well. I am just starting to get healed up and played my first tournament in a long time last weekend and was able to play alright and win the singles. Have several more planned for the rest of the summer, so hopefully can stay healthy and have some fun!
     
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    Way to bounce back, Tony!
     
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    Tony playing in the aquatennial tournament again. He won a 3 setter against a former gophers player in the semis. He's playing another former gopher in the finals at noon today. Link to stream is here

    http://usta.qwikcast.tv
     
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    Nice win Tony! That guy looked like quite the retriever. Have you played him before? Best, BHBH
     
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    Did Tony get that ATP point yet?
     
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    I only play like one Futures a year, but today playing for a point and should have a good chance if I play well so we'll see how it goes!
     
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    good luck man. Kevin doesn't miss, doesn't get tired and doesn't give up. But your game is better than his on pretty much all areas of the court. He doesn't have any shots to hurt you with, but expect long drawn out rallies and games. He's the king of turning every match into a 4 hour grind fest :p
     
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    Any streaming from that tournament?
     
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    Good luck. Will be rooting for you.
     
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    Thanks guys

    Got injured in second set after winning 6-2. Gotta love it...
     
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    Yeah I've played him several times and never lost a set so this is a nightmare
     
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    Tony, that's terrible. Keep your chin up.
     
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    Look at it this way. You slaughtered the #1 seed in qualifying. Keep at it and you'll be top 200 in a few years
     
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    Happened to see that match in person, visiting some folks in city.

    You were in total control whole match until your back went, real shame. Wanted to say hi from tt forums lol....Only two people in that crowd cheering for you.

    Found it funny that they ended up giving wild card to local guy and then have him play qualifier first round. Real desperate to get him chance to get ATP point.
     
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    Hi there! Did we ever meet while we were there? If not, maybe we would have had that match not gone so terribly...

    That match was an absolute nightmare. How much did you see? I mean, when the draw came out I was literally jumping around because I usually beat him on at worst about 6-3 in a set. But for some reason I was pretty nervous, and it got worse from the beginning as the conditions got to me psychologically and I did not settle in until later in the match where unfortunately I began having the injury. Seems you know what I am talking about... every unforced error I made came along with not only clapping but cheering. Almost every point I won, including good shots, pin drop silent. That along with all the cameras, playing for the first ATP point when I only play these things once a year or every two years, and some pressure in knowing I should win, unfortunately I played terrible, even first set. I was playing at about a 3 out of 10, definitely the worst match I have played in years.

    Still I won that first set 6-2. He raised his game alot and I was down a break. I knew if I could just play half decent I would win because he does not do anything with the ball other than the occasional good counter punching when Im out of position. I was just missing everything, but started to settle in a little bit with the set under my belt, but mid second-set I felt the strain and it just kept getting worse. By the third set, as you could see, I just could hardly move for a ball and unable to really hit out, so it was pointless to continue.

    Having lost a big match like that and to someone that I usually would be able to beat comfortably is not something I will forget that is for sure. But what really upset me more was again the crowd. Even toward the end, when I would assume quite visibly could not move or hit, along with having had a medical timeout with the trainer, some of the crowd were cheering obnoxiously. I mean, I know it was some historical thing for a Winnipeg player to get an ATP ranking and he is a hometown local , but come on. Cheering obnoxiously after points when a player is injured and couldn't move for a ball nowhere close to the lines? I have been playing the open tournaments in their city for many years, since probably 2007 or so, and have gotten to know most of the tennis circle around there and have been very friendly with them. I think this was very poor on their part, and that was really disappointing to me and not something I will forget. I had a couple people come to me afterwards and give me well wishes and sympathy and what not which was really appreciated, but again they were pretty wrapped up in just the result of him winning. Didn't matter if it was an injury retire or that I was a familiar face, they were going to spur him on and celebrate that win no matter what.

    As you can tell I am a bit bitter about it haha! But its all over and nothing can be done. If I was going to lose to anyone in that circumstance, I would pick him because he is a nice kid, a bit of a friend of mine, and I guess his dream came true. I had a really good summer playing lots of open money tournaments and won all of them except one. If I can shake off some of my injuries, I am extremely motivated to continue playing and getting better over the next few years. If I play a Futures a year or more, I am sure eventually I can win a round or two in the main draw, so we'll see what happens.

    Thanks for your note!
     
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    I was there for the whole match, whole week of tournament.


    After the first set I thought you were going to cruise to victory, your strokes are way ahead of Kevin's. He had nothing that could hurt you. All I saw from Kevin was grind and place it in middle of court.
    In my opinion they should have given the wild card to other local guy Sean.

    ....After the match I wanted to say hello but you were really distraught, didn't feel right to come up and say hey I am on tt warehouse lol.

    About the crowd only thing that stuck in my mind was "Come on Kevin come on" after every point even after your injury which was ridiculous.

    Three of us were on verge of starting the come on Tony come on movement, but had to hold back since my friends know the winnipeg tennis crowd well.


    I hope you come back next year again and give it another go.
     
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    Short term memory ..... its gone... it happens...

    keep grinding baby
     
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    Keep on truckin', Tony!
     
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    How was the turnout?
     
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    A lot, more then I expected even though weather sucked for the last 3 days. It was raining and not raining.


    However I have no reference from previous years never attended before.
     
  44. BounceHitBounceHit

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    Hey Tony! Check your e mail. :) I will be up your way this fall. Best, BHBH
     

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