Week 4 of Nationals - 40+ 4.5+ and 55+ 7.0

Jack the Hack

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It just posted in TennisLink. Southern got the #1 seed by a hair, so PNW got #2 and will play #3 seed MidAtlantic from Maryland. Southern plays Texas.
 

schmke

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The scores aren't in Tennislink yet, but PNW men narrowly beat Mid--west 3-2 in our last match today, with a couple of the matches coming down to 3rd set breakers. That means PNW is in the semifinals as one of the top 2 seeds with a 4-0, 16-4 record. Mid Atlantic also beat MoValley 5-0 to put themselves into the semis at 3-1, 15-5. I think the others are Southern and Texas, but I didn't see their final matches as they were on the other courts. It's been a long, but happy day!
Glad you got it all in. Finish indoors? Or did the rain stay away?
 

Jack the Hack

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Glad you got it all in. Finish indoors? Or did the rain stay away?
Our first two matches today (against SoCal and Intermountian) went back-to-back, starting at around 10:20 AM. They were both outdoors in partly sunny skies, first on the Team USA courts, and then over at the Collegiate Courts. It was very warm and muggy. In the second match, both of our singles players mentioned that they were having a hard time cooling down on the court and had to gut through it. (Both players run competitively and are in great shape, but they still struggled a bit.)

We spent lunch cooling down in the restaurant area. Our 3:00 PM match against Mid--west started on time, but we had heavy rain showers about 20 minutes in. That delayed play until about 5:00 PM... where there was some weirdness when we were all out drying the courts and getting ready, only to have the USTA say our matches wouldn't resume until 6:30! However, both us and the Mid--west team were ready to go, it was sunny again, and the courts were dry, so the desk let us get to it earlier and finish the matches. When we were driving home, there was some huge lightening in the sky, so I imagine play was stopped again for everyone still out there. We were very thankful to be done and off the courts, with a semifinal spot in hand.

I heard the women ended up playing well past 9:00 PM to decide the semis. We were at our team house, well fed, and well hydrated with beer by that time!
 

schmke

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Our first two matches today (against SoCal and Intermountian) went back-to-back, starting at around 10:20 AM. They were both outdoors in partly sunny skies, first on the Team USA courts, and then over at the Collegiate Courts. It was very warm and muggy. In the second match, both of our singles players mentioned that they were having a hard time cooling down on the court and had to gut through it. (Both players run competitively and are in great shape, but they still struggled a bit.)

We spent lunch cooling down in the restaurant area. Our 3:00 PM match against Mid--west started on time, but we had heavy rain showers about 20 minutes in. That delayed play until about 5:00 PM... where there was some weirdness when we were all out drying the courts and getting ready, only to have the USTA say our matches wouldn't resume until 6:30! However, both us and the Mid--west team were ready to go, it was sunny again, and the courts were dry, so the desk let us get to it earlier and finish the matches. When we were driving home, there was some huge lightening in the sky, so I imagine play was stopped again for everyone still out there. We were very thankful to be done and off the courts, with a semifinal spot in hand.

I heard the women ended up playing well past 9:00 PM to decide the semis. We were at our team house, well fed, and well hydrated with beer by that time!
Congrats on the semis spot. And good on you for saying you were playing and not waiting. Makes no sense to wait if the courts are ready ...

And looks like I had 3 of the 4 semi-finalists, just missing Texas in my simulation.
 

2ndServe

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A few teams we played said they had players with full body cramps and 1 was taken by ambulance, all very nice people despite what TT says about some teams. Just wish there was better weather and the fast 4 format is really poor imo, if I knew 2 years in a row that rain would force fast 4 on us I'd have skipped on paying for airport parking, airplane tickets, house rental, + the many other little costs.

Just for the amount of money paid for the amount of tennis you get is not worth it. It's just too much time wasted and money spent for so little tennis in such bad weather.
 

Jack the Hack

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PNW men into the National championship match with a 3-2 win over Mid Atlantic! It came down to a huge battle of attrition at #2 singles, which our guy pulled out 10-4.
 

tpro2000

Rookie
The scores aren't in Tennislink yet, but PNW men narrowly beat Mid--west 3-2 in our last match today, with a couple of the matches coming down to 3rd set breakers. That means PNW is in the semifinals as one of the top 2 seeds with a 4-0, 16-4 record. Mid Atlantic also beat MoValley 5-0 to put themselves into the semis at 3-1, 15-5. I think the others are Southern and Texas, but I didn't see their final matches as they were on the other courts. It's been a long, but happy day!
did they end up doing a shortened format? I saw some complaining on the FB Usta League page....
 

Jack the Hack

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Congrats! Who is playing singles in the final? :unsure:
Southern won the championship. They won #1 singles and #3 doubles in straight sets, then saved a couple match points before winning #2 doubles 12-10 in a super breaker. PNW was up a set and break at #2 singles, but down a close set and break at #1 doubles. Southern retired those matches after they clinched, so the final score was 3-2.

I can post more later (maybe in a couple days) with a full Nationals recap. In my opinion, our #1 singles guy was the most outstanding player at the event. He went undefeated and beat a lineup of studs to get us to the finals. However, both he and our #2 singles player left absolutely everything they had out on the court in the semifinals. Both guys were cramping hard and needed some medical attention. With only a 30 minute turn around between semifinal and final, they had nothing left and couldn't play. It was mostly sunny today, in the low 90s, and very humid. My weather app said "feels like 101" and it was tough on the courts.

This was the most amazing group of people I've ever teamed up with.
 
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ncgator

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Southern won the championship. They won #1 singles and #3 doubles in straight sets, then saved a couple match points before winning #2 doubles 12-10 in a super breaker. PNW was up a set and break at #2 singles, but down a close set and break at #1 doubles. Southern retired those matches after they clinched, so the final score was 3-2.

I can post more later (maybe in a couple days) with a full Nationals recap. In my opinion, our #1 singles guy was the most outstanding player at the event. He went undefeated and beat a lineup of studs to get us to the finals. However, both he and our #2 singles player left absolutely everything they had out on the court in the semifinals. Both guys were cramping hard and needed some medical attention. With only a 30 minute turn around between semifinal and final, they had nothing left and couldn't play. It was mostly sunny today, in the low 90s, and very humid. My weather app said "feels like 101" and it was tough on the courts.

This was the most amazing group of people I've ever teamed up with.
Regarding the most outstanding player at the event, it looks like Southern’s #1 singles player would be a good candidate as well, going 5-0 and only dropping one set. Most wins were fairly lopsided- I’m sure he’ll be 5.5 next year...
 

Jack the Hack

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Regarding the most outstanding player at the event, it looks like Southern’s #1 singles player would be a good candidate as well, going 5-0 and only dropping one set. Most wins were fairly lopsided- I’m sure he’ll be 5.5 next year...
No doubt, the Southern #1 was a tough customer. That said, two of his five Nationals wins were against 4.5s. And I'm not sure what his tennis background is.

The PNW #1 was one of the top juniors in South Africa, played in the Orange Bowl, was part of an SEC championship team at the University of Florida, and had an ATP world ranking inside the top 500 after trying the satellite tour for a couple years. All that known, he's been playing 5.0 league since 2015 (and I've been working with him for over 6 years at the same company) and we had no idea he was as good at singles as he is. He is super laid back and never brags about his playing past, and has mostly done doubles in league until this year.

Anyway, I really wish we could have seen those two guys fight it out on the court. Clearly, I'm biased toward our guy, but kudos to Southern for their depth and the win!
 

djkahn86

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Southern won the championship. They won #1 singles and #3 doubles in straight sets, then saved a couple match points before winning #2 doubles 12-10 in a super breaker. PNW was up a set and break at #2 singles, but down a close set and break at #1 doubles. Southern retired those matches after they clinched, so the final score was 3-2.

I can post more later (maybe in a couple days) with a full Nationals recap. In my opinion, our #1 singles guy was the most outstanding player at the event. He went undefeated and beat a lineup of studs to get us to the finals. However, both he and our #2 singles player left absolutely everything they had out on the court in the semifinals. Both guys were cramping hard and needed some medical attention. With only a 30 minute turn around between semifinal and final, they had nothing left and couldn't play. It was mostly sunny today, in the low 90s, and very humid. My weather app said "feels like 101" and it was tough on the courts.

This was the most amazing group of people I've ever teamed up with.
30 min turnaround SEMI to FINAL. Thats a JOKE. All the time prepping physically and mentally and you get 30 min turnaround. Come on USTA.... that's wack
 

ncgator

Rookie
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Anyway, I really wish we could have seen those two guys fight it out on the court. Clearly, I'm biased toward our guy, but kudos to Southern for their depth and the win!
Yeah, the Southern team was very deep. I played against them in our local league. I think every player on the team is either 5.0 rated, appealed down to 4.5, or used to be a 5.0 rated player. Tough team to beat...
 

SlapShot

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The PNW #1 was one of the top juniors in South Africa, played in the Orange Bowl, was part of an SEC championship team at the University of Florida, and had an ATP world ranking inside the top 500 after trying the satellite tour for a couple years. All that known, he's been playing 5.0 league since 2015 (and I've been working with him for over 6 years at the same company) and we had no idea he was as good at singles as he is. He is super laid back and never brags about his playing past, and has mostly done doubles in league until this year.
Well that makes me feel a little bit better about getting shellacked by him in 8.0 mixed in my first USTA match in 6 years a few weeks ago. :D
 

Jack the Hack

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Well that makes me feel a little bit better about getting shellacked by him in 8.0 mixed in my first USTA match in 6 years a few weeks ago. :D
Yeah, there's definitely no shame in losing to a player of DF's caliber. Are you sure we are talking about the same guy though?

He played on my 9.0 mixed team, but as a 5.0, he wouldn't be able to play 8.0 (since you can't pair with someone more than 2 levels apart). He's never been on any 8.0 roster... and his accent is a dead give away in terms of identification.
 

SlapShot

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Yeah, there's definitely no shame in losing to a player of DF's caliber. Are you sure we are talking about the same guy though?

He played on my 9.0 mixed team, but as a 5.0, he wouldn't be able to play 8.0 (since you can't pair with someone more than 2 levels apart). He's never been on any 8.0 roster... and his accent is a dead give away in terms of identification.
You're right, I totally missed the mark on that. I was thinking of IF, who it looks like you had playing 2 singles rather than 1 singles. Given his record, I'd fully expect him to wind up at 5.0 soon as well.

Welcome back buddy.

J
Thanks J, it's been a long road. I'm nowhere near full speed yet, but I think I've still got some pretty good tennis in front of me.
 
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