My long weekend of tennis started out well. I had a great practice on the newly resurfaced Cal Poly courts late on Friday afternoon, followed by a great Barbecue with my hosts Kip and Randy Dettmer. My doubles partner and I got up early on Saturday and headed out to Santa Maria. I played a guy by the name of Hollingsworth, a left hander. He had powerful strokes but lacked the consistency to put them in the court on a regular basis. I got off to a good start and never looked back. I won comfortably, 6-0 6-0.
After waiting around all day, my doubles partner and I finally took the doubles court. On the other side of the net was a shot at revenge for me. I was playing Ventre and his partner (I lost to Ventre earlier in the year in my first tournament back in a men’s open tournament in Palos Verdes). I got off to a blinder and didn’t miss a ball in the first four games. My partner and I capitalized on our early breaks of serve, held our own and sealed a comfortable victory 8-4.
Unfortunately, the following day didn’t quite go according to plan. My match was set for 10am, against a tough, experienced opponent in Lester Cook. I got off to a good start, and held serve in my opening service game. In the second game, I made him work hard for each and every point. Unfortunately, something happened in that game. I believe it may have been a result of a desperate running backhand up the line that I tried to hit. Either way, my quad tightened up like nobody’s business. All of a sudden, right at the top of my thigh there was a tightness when my moved, a numbing feeling, like a dead leg, but at the same time it was a locking sensation like a muscle cramp. I’ve never pulled a muscle before, but I believe that is what it must feel like. When I pushed on the spot it felt like a deep bruise. Sadly for me, that was all she wrote. Having felt so good to start with, I could no longer move laterally or push off my right leg. I tried my best and continued. Actually, my shots and timing felt great but he caught on quickly and simply moved me out of position. I lost 6-1, 6-1. Later in the day, we had a bad loss in the doubles. We went down 8-5. I was just too immobile to be effective and my partner was exhausted from his two earlier singles matches.
So it was a frustrating weekend. Frustrating in that my body let me down again. But I’m going to use it as motivation to get stronger and work harder in the gym. There were positives however, I played two great matches on Saturday, and my shots, timing and movement prior to the tweaked muscle felt better than they have in a long time. I’m going to do my best to remember those positives as I recover and prepare for Friday’s qualifying rounds of the first leg of the LA Futures in Claremont, CA.