Me vs. my old man playing with prince mach 1000 (29 inch, 124 headsize)

TennisProdigy

Professional
Me (23) vs my dad (55) singles match. My dad started playing after he graduated from optometry school when he was 26. He's been using the same crazy racquet that has had heads turning for almost 30 years. He is 100% self-taught and as a result wasn't able to teach me anything when I started playing when I was 16. I have to give him credit though, he managed to reach a 5.0 level in his prime and did go 7-2 at 5.0 singles one season and even earned a $50 check once in an open tournament.

I hope I'll still be playing decent singles when I'm his age one day!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P04OGjJY59M
 

FitzRoy

Professional
Your dad reminds me of this guy I play a lot, although the guy I'm talking about is probly about 5 years younger, moves a little better, and topped out at 4.5 rather than 5.0. I think right now he's probly a 4.0 in singles and still 4.5 in doubles. What level doubles would you think your old man would be most competitive at currently? Oh, also my friend "only" uses a 115sq inch rather than 124 haha. Really fun guy to play though, makes you earn it every time.

And what's going on there with the observers? Is that your entourage? ;)
 

comeback

Hall of Fame
Great playing from both..There are not many father and sons that can have a competitve match. Dad has achieved a very high level 4.5-5-0 without a traditional spin second serve but figured out a great flat first serve. Also Dad had great court awareness, and footwork. You guys must be a good father/son doubles team too.
I can beat one of my sons but i'm even with the other son. But having that common thread as we go thru life is so great. For the son 23 years old..Did you play High School or College..How did you do?
 
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TennisProdigy

Professional
Your dad reminds me of this guy I play a lot, although the guy I'm talking about is probly about 5 years younger, moves a little better, and topped out at 4.5 rather than 5.0. I think right now he's probly a 4.0 in singles and still 4.5 in doubles. What level doubles would you think your old man would be most competitive at currently? Oh, also my friend "only" uses a 115sq inch rather than 124 haha. Really fun guy to play though, makes you earn it every time.

And what's going on there with the observers? Is that your entourage? ;)

Lol what a coincidence. My dad can play 4.5 doubles, were gonna play father son tourneys this winter. I gave a lesson to my sister and my mom and grandma were there to take my sister back home.
 

Spin Doctor

Professional
OMG, your dad really needs to use a dampener!

You are very lucky to not only share a sport in common with your dad but also to be able to have a competitive match with each other. I'm jealous. Play each other as much as you can, while you can.
 

TennisProdigy

Professional
Great playing from both..There are not many father and sons that can have a competitve match. Dad has achieved a very high level 4.5-5-0 without a traditional spin second serve but figured out a great flat first serve. Also Dad had great court awareness, and footwork. You guys must be a good father/son doubles team too.
I can beat one of my sons but i'm even with the other son. But having that common thread as we go thru life is so great. For the son 23 years old..Did you play High School or College..How did you do?

In his prime my dad would go pure serve/volley and hit flat serves both serves. He claims he was faster than me too. He was beating me up until 2 years ago.

We r planning to do more doubles now that I can volley and almost serve, we've only played 3 matches together so far.

I started when I was 16 when I was a junior, tried for team that spring got cut. Senior year came back played number 1 varsity, I was the fastest pusher the world has ever seen. Went to a d1 school so I just played club.
 

TennisProdigy

Professional
OMG, your dad really needs to use a dampener!

You are very lucky to not only share a sport in common with your dad but also to be able to have a competitive match with each other. I'm jealous. Play each other as much as you can, while you can.

Yeah very lucky for sure, it's a great wAy to bond although he would always do whatever I was into whether it was soccer, basketball or fishing. When I lived in Maryland 3-4 years ago we would play 3 times a week, I'm moving back in a few weeks and he is going to train with me 3 times a week, we prob won't play sets though bc his legs r injury prone.

Funny thing is he tried to get me to play when I was 5 and I said I hated it and I didn't touch a racquet again until I was 16 in gym. IHave mixed feelings about that but overall I'm glad he didn't force me bc otherwise I wouldn't love the sport as much as I do now.
 

user92626

G.O.A.T.
OP, you dad must have done more things well than just his tennis for his son to speak of him with pride. I don't envy you but I do admire him.

My so called dad is good at gambling and being mentally and physically abusive to his family. He was..self employed to get by and ... not much else I can talk about him.
 

magnut

Hall of Fame
your dad is a good player. his forehand is actually pretty sound. Playing with the Mach 1000 is something in itself. he even roles over a couple backhands with it! I have one of those frames and have come to the conclusion that you either have to be really good or really bad to play with that frame. its a monster. I think 8.7 ounces head heavy 29 inches long. i had to caulk the handle, get it head light, and get it around 11.5 ounces before i could control it.

Your dads serve is rather amazing. its impressive he can serve like that and be consistent enough to play matches. there is nothing wrong with it really but hitting to completely flat serves with no tapping of the second serve is just great. He plays a smart game overall for his level. I used to get beat by guys like him a lot when i first started playing.
 
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