Tennis Warehouse-Central Florida Chapter (Greater Orlando Area)

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  1. Chadillac

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    Im really bad with names, did you used to drive a red prelude and string at sports authority? Strung some at Lake Cane?
     
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    I had a blue Prelude and worked at both TSA for eight years and Lake Cane later for a while on weekends. I first met Alex and Marcelo at Lake Cane when I repped for a string line and Fischer racquets. When Doug Yuen ran Ft. Gatlin, I was also calling on him.
     
  3. Chadillac

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    I think you got me a job at sports authority stringing. Colonial/436 store was too far or something and you had plenty to do. I would of met you at lake cane, with Alberto, joachine and a few others. Had a really nice bunch there.

    Im sure we have met, i used to work the desk and teach the little kids for Doug. City took over Gatlin for a brief time and Joe sent Doug over there. I started there when he did. He is doing a lot better now, not sure if you have seen him in a while, was doing really really bad for a bit.
     
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    No, TSA301 at 436/50 was my base store, living in WP/Casselberry. Sand Lake and W. Colonial were my problem commutes but I did them almost as long as 436/50.

    Yeah, I was tight with Alberto ("Tennis is my life!") until he moved to Atlanta. I remember the long drive back from the Lipton in Miami in Alberto's rust bucket zero-heat car...coldest I've ever been in Florida except for my college days in Tallahassee.

    Gabriel Mattos Sr and Salah were my closest friends from those days.
     
  5. Chadillac

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    I took over stringing there for a year or two. Afternoon though, had school. Im pretty sure it was you though that set it up. Thanks again. The machine was a babolat star 5000 right? My first foot pedal, was doing 3.5 rackets an hour

    If you get a chance, pm me alberto's number or tell him to give Chad a call. If you know him, i know we have met.

    Gabriel maybe the nicest person ive ever met in tennis and ive met a lot of nice people. Me and salah got along decent but didnt really get to know him aside from tennis.

    Btw, did you ever get to play Gabriel? I didnt think much of his forehand til i faced it. Was a lot faster than it looked.
     
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    Babolat Star 2 without any foot pedal...I took weekends at 50/436 first and Dave Dotchin, the team sports manager at TSA, was the one who hired me. I went full time with them a few months later and ditched the repping and then took the second store at Sand Lake. I only left there for a few months over not getting paid promptly but came back a few months later for the rest of my 8 years.

    I haven't seen Alberto in 20 years...no leads on what he's doing.

    I took lessons with Gabriel Sr when he was over at Cypress Creek CC on Major Blvd. I also helped him run his junior program when Gabriel Jr was just learning. I could take a game or two off Senior when we played practice sets but he was way too solid to play seriously. The guy was ranked world top 100 in dubs before he moved here from NJ.

    I'll tell you was a really good playing teaching pro...Tony Fernandez Jr. I worked for him at Sabal Point, another clay court club in Seminole County that has bitten the dust. I just ran into Tony on I-Drive a few months ago...still looks like he could play.
     
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    Ahh, im bad with details, it must of cost $5000. The first digital stringer i ever used, was really nice. Were you turning in non 20 sheets? I wanted a little money for the weekend once and turned one in with like 15, they didnt like it.

    I'll get his information, last i heard he is selling insurance like his dad. Said he makes a lot more money than teaching. Will tell him you said hello and miss his car that used rope to keep the battery from falling off :)

    2 games is very impressive, he applied constant pressure. You dont realize how strong he is until you play points. He was still taking college fsu guys a few years ago at the citrus bowl. They were hitting massive kick serves, he had to use the slice forehand return. It killed them :) Great guy, great player and now i think he is running country club of orlando. He is also one of the best instructors ive seen, treats people different based on their skills. Really understands the game as top player and pro.

    I only went out to sable for a few tournaments. One of my highlights though happened there. I got invited to a money round robin, everyone throws in 20, winner keeps it all. I had no chance of winning but it was like a bunch of $20 lessons. I was able to take a game off Tobias (has a win over becker in doubles), he was so freaking good, still is (bad elbow last i saw him). I only met tony a few times, but he was like tournament director so dont know him at all, but seemed like a nice guy.

    You may remember Wayne (white south african from lake cane). He was teaching at sable for a while. Lots of great people back then, maybe time to head over to Lake cane again :)

    Did you ever meet Scott? His sister was the blonde from the zztop video's, married jeff cohen. Another one of my best buds.
     
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    When I first moved to Orlando in the early 80s, Tobias and Pernfors were enrolled at Seminole CC before Pernfors went on to UGA and then pro. I saw them play dubs in a couple of tournaments and Toby held his own in their team.
     
  9. Chadillac

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    The most dominate jc team of all time. Tobias playing #2? LOL.

    I remember him coming out to gatlin one night with his wife for like a mixed 8.5-9.0 league (i forget). It was really funny because she was a 2.0, they still won :)

    Pernfors made the french final, but tobias is probably the better doubles player
     
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    OTC had red clay at some point, I don't know how far back.
     
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    Pre-1982, the first time I played there.
     

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