July 18, 2011
It’s been another weekend of great tennis, great people, and great atmosphere here at the Salem Summer Classic. My friends John Devorss and Tim Layman did an incredible job directing the tournament, treating players like kings and adapting to the inclement weather over the couple days. The players were provided with a trainer, a masseuse, and meals everyday. We were met once again with undying support from club members who are eager to show their appreciation for the quality tennis. Once again a member of the club housed me, and I want to thank Mark for the great hospitality and allowing me to stay in his home for the week.
Tennis-wise, I posted some good results this weekend, but was still a little disappointed in “what could have been” if I would have capitalized on some more opportunities. In the singles draw, I defeated my doubles partner Trevor Dobson in the quarterfinals in straight sets, and then faced off with George Jecminek for the second time this summer. Because of the rain, the match was moved inside, and George used the quick, indoor conditions to his advantage by blasting his serves and forehands all match. I battled tough, but in the end George had a little too much game for me, taking the match 6-3 6-7 6-2.
In the doubles draw, Trevor and I squeaked through a close one in the quarterfinals, taking out the Oregon Ducks’ team of Alex Cornelissen and Michael Schaffer, 5-7 6-1 10-8. The sun peaked through Saturday afternoon, dried the courts for a brief bit, and we moved back outside for the semifinal, taking on the Boise State team of Vicente Joli and Stephen Robertson. We toughed out a close first set, lost a close second, and headed to a 10-point tiebreaker once again to decide the third set and the match. Unfortunately, I did not play my best tennis in the tiebreak, and we were ousted by the eventual champions 6-7 6-3 10-6.
However, I did have mixed doubles success, winning the draw with good friend and fellow TW-er Suzie Matzenauer. Our toughest test was in our semifinal, when we took on local Curt Wheeler and U of O standout Julia Metzger. We started out hot, jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, when all of the sudden our opponents caught fire! Curt was leaping and flying all around the court, Julia started serving huge and ripping the ball from the baseline, and they battled back to steal the first set 7-5. Suzie and I quickly settled down and took the second set 6-2, although we had to play some great tennis to do so. I got a lucky break at 8-7 in the third set super tiebreak when I shanked a backhand off my frame, over a leaping Curt Wheeler and landing just inside the baseline to give us a 9-7 lead. I hit a big out-wide serve and the match was ours, 5-7 6-2 10-7. We continued to ride our momentum into the finals, where both Suzie and I played lights-out tennis and defeated Craig Pierce and Sanja Lemes 6-2 6-1.
After the long weekend of tennis I decided I need a little break. I’m going out to the Oregon Coast once again to lay low and recover at my buddy’s beach house in Seaside, where I’ll spend a couple days relaxing, reading, and playing my guitar. After that it will be just doubles this coming weekend with my good friend Charlie Cutler, as we try our luck at the adidas Irvington Open in downtown Portland. The two biggest tournaments of the summer follow that, when I head to Washington for the Tacoma Lawn Championships and the Washington State Open in Tacoma and Seattle respectively. Stay tuned for updates as I give my body and mind a bit of a rest, and prepare for the climax of the summer circuit in the coming weeks…Thanks for reading!