It was another long, hard week of tennis in Costa Mesa. My doubles partner, Keith Crowley, and I had a great run all the way to the finals.
We came through a tough semifinal on Friday against the pair of Ernesto Escobedo and Eduardo Nava. We won the first set relatively comfortably, only to go down an early break in the second, before clinching it in the 3rd set super tiebreaker without a hitch. The final score 6-4 3-6 10-4.
We then had the luxury, or the disadvantage (I’m not sure), of getting the next day off, as both the singles and the doubles final were scheduled to be played on Sunday. We practiced a little bit and took in the sights and sounds of Newport Beach. We arrived back at the site on Sunday morning feeling refreshed and ready to go. I personally felt great in the warm up and optimistic that this might be my first professional title.
Unfortunately, that was where the good feelings ended. We went up 40-0 in their opening service game, only to squander the next four points in a row. We then got broken the very next game on a deuce deciding point, and it was an uphill battle from that point on. Credit to them, they played well and didn’t give us an inch, but we really felt like we didn’t put out our best effort when we shook hands at the end of the match. We went down swinging however, and that’s really all you can ask when you’re down struggle street. The final score 3-6 2-6, a decidedly one sided affair.
Onto the next tournament. I play my first round of the Laguna Niguel Futures tomorrow afternoon. My partner this week is Fabian Matthews. I’ll keep you posted on the results. Thanks for reading.
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