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Pete Player

Hall of Fame
I’ve been retired a couple years now and it’s definitely the best job I’ve ever had.
Yeah, I’ve been on The job about 8 years now. The pay could be better.


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Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Must be some odd good declination on me, yet the foot trouble, cause all my sports seems to go into the right direction.

First the Seniors tour card, then Mid Ams and now the first round in Seniors winter league.

I wish the damn foot would settle. Another small setback is that my ”achilles heel” the re-constructed but gave me a heads up and felt cold in the tennis on Saturday night and now feels again swollen since few months ago.


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ChaelAZ

Legend
Back to matches on Mondays and Wednesdays, but luckily many are at our facility so won't be driving all around to play on crappy courts. Need to lighten up my weekend practices though to save energy and body aches for the week. Weather has been really nice in the evenings now though.
 

Curiosity

Professional
So as I mentioned before the over 55 sectionals in Texas is this weekend. They hold the event in the lovely town of Beaumont which is 4 hours away and close to Louisiana. Last year there was a tropical storm and we got lots of rain and ended up on some covered courts, one 4 game set, no ad. Nobody was happy about that but oh well. So this year...Tropical storm Imelda is drenching Southeast Texas and it looks like it's going to affect the matches again. I wonder if anyone at the USTA considers that climate change is a real thing that is going to effect where sectionals should be played.
I have to laugh. Sympathetically. In Beaumont it's not climate change. It's just the climate. It's been soggy, humid, flood-ridden... forever.
 

Curiosity

Professional
Yes, both ways. However indoors golf in a heated bubble is really, really boring, and would require a big retirement, were you to practice the amount. And you really need a true off season, cause the summer is really hectic. Need to reload your brain for new season. Working with other equipment and different balls and sticks will sum up to your ability in golf too. I am a true believer in variable training.

Tennis on contrary is cheap and my heart gets the needed revs in tennis during winter with some hockey on the side, cause other, outdoors cardio is not really nice down here - on the 60th lattitude - for most of the winter. Not really much of snow to ski. At the Arctic Circle it was and is better, but the temps get too low between November and February. Lot of x-country skiing in the cold and youl catch asthma.

Except for the highest of lobb shots tennis indoors is regular HC play and feels sane in comparision to whacking balls off a range mat. For swing maintenance once or twice a month is good enough. And dicipline/sports oriented workout in the gym keeps your muscle memory working. And you gain some power too.


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I occasionally come across your weather-related comments, but the 60th parallel baffled me. I though you were alternately in Denmark or Spain. 60th is southern Norway or central Sweden. I went many years between Stockholm and Spain, now Eastern US and Spain, so the temp/humidity variation and its affect on my sports is interesting, non-trivial.
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Weather has been gorgeous at night...my game...not so much. Another match tonight and will regroup depending on my failure or success.
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Sorry to hear man! Hang in there, maybe cut back on hitting for a bit till you feel that passion again.

I have the opposite problem, I want to hit so much, everything feels great except my hand. Playing #1 singles this weekend against an undefeated team (away of course) with zero match play or practice going in. Oh well I will be a good sacrificial lamb and give us depth lol.

Been running sprints at the park with the dogs so I should move well for drop shots at least! :-D
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
So Yesterday turned out much better than expected. My hand was not hurting for the first time in a while and I ended up beating the best singles player in the league 4-6 6-4 7-5 in a long, hard-fought match ( saving 2 match points)!
Legs felt great and I moved really really well, guy commented he could not believe I was 54 years old.
Felt fit enough to play line one doubles afterward since we were short players and won that matches as well.
I must have played pretty good because the other team tried to recruit me to play with their USTA team. That is something I would love to do but the reason I play local league is we don't have a USTA team in my town and I don't want to travel to play home matches, maybe in the future when I have more time, it was a nice complement though.
Also, only one double fault in 5 sets of tennis, not bad. I am very sore today lol
 

ChaelAZ

Legend
Well, still not winning matches, but getting more games and confidence each match.

Had some really solid play last night, but then a lot of mental errors. And then normally my ROS is one of the things I can depend on, but my backhand return - even just trying to slice/bunt it back to start the point - was a joke, and well exploited by the opponents last night. That was probably the key to the match as points we got in we were winning a good percentage. Still too much inconsistency of play overall, with some really solid play, a lot of average play, and too much poor play. Good group of guys though and I love being back with them. And they seem to have more confidence in me than I feel, so that is encouraging. lol.

Top items I need to improve:
  • Mental - focus and competitveness
  • Movement - Not getting tired as much as not moving/reacting fast enough at the higher pace.
  • Technical - More crisp volleys. I am leaving too many up on court that should be putaway.

Body is holding up decent too. **knock on every piece of wood within a 10 mile radius!** :p
 

heftylefty

Hall of Fame
Just check the draw and I got the 2nd Seed. I am nervous, but this is what I signed up for.
I took a L Saturday. Lost Love&Love.

I has very nervous and didn't get into a rhythm. My opponent was very steady. Didn't give me any free points.

If I'm going to play senior tennis, I have to commit myself more; and get over my stage fright.
 

Pete Player

Hall of Fame
All, but one home game set for the fall season. Not much to organize, as there are only eight clubs on the league. And the season lasts till end of May. So, it’s one round of the robin each month.

I was at the club watching my ladyfriend to play in their away match against my club ladies. She lost and so did they in the doubles as well. Not in a very good mood afterwards playing crap and allways the same against a moonballer. The opponent is s strong lady, fought three cancers allready and allways seems to bounce back into playing shape after the treatments. Hats off!

At the same time there was our second division team of 45-yos, who got their asses whiped. The opponent had former ITF players from 90’s in their team and one of them still has ranking and level similar to 5.0, if not above. Good to see my coach playing against far better players live. I’ve watched the National League games in the past, but that level is too high to find similarities with my game.

Anyway the opponent, 5.0 guy hit with authority and really accurately moving him around the court. Obviously looked that my coach had had a pre set to play aggressive, and if not on the base line, not more than a meter behind. That resulted him to hit most of his forehands on the back foot, which he never does against us in practice. Kind of easying feel to see also the better get into trouble with their tournament play with the same issues, we seem to have. Not moving sharp enough, not finding the rythm nor the space to hit properly and so forth.

Anyway really informative and there was a lesson to be learned. Will see, how this affects my next game Saturday night. Really looking forward, cause the opposition should be a couple of levels stronger than on the first round.

Monday morning breaking sweat, 8 o’clock tomorrow morning it is - with an old friend, son to our neighbor years back when we were school kids and played at our front yard in the parking lot. He used to go practicing in a club and became a good player, but as many of us quit later, yet play occationally still. Not in tourneys though.

Ankle feeling better now. The swelling is down to mild or modest at least. Not hurting all the time, thanks to reduced amount of walking and the newly fitted inner soles, which I naturally use also in my tennis shoes.


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Pete Player

Hall of Fame
Wow! Something happened automatically as I wrote to the Rackets board. There I had an avatar, which I have not selected ever. John Mac with a light sabel. LOL


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