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Spring 2003

Jack Frost Open
February 8-9, 2003 - Mansfield, TX

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2/8/03 - Loss: 6-4, 7-6(3)
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2/8/03 - Win: 7-5, 6-3
2/9/03 - Loss: 6-3, 6-4
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2/8/03 - Loss: 6-4, 6-3
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2/8/03 - Loss: 6-1, 6-1
 
You read the name of this tournament correctly -- Jack Frost Open. And boy did it live up to its name! It was DAMN cold out there. And to make sure no one got moving around quite enough to really warm up, this was a doubles-only tournament. So this definitely was an interesting experience. I decided to go all out... I paired up with Alan for men's 3.0 doubles, and with Kelly for mixed 3.0 doubles. And as you can see by the scores, we only walked away with one win out of five matches. In retrospect, it was probably a stroke of luck that we won even one of those matches. Neither Alan and I nor Kelly and I ever really developed the kind of rapport on the court that good doubles teams exude. We often had trouble figuring out where each other needed to be - nevermind that our mechanics were often sorely out-of-whack. But it was a really fun couple of days. More doubles practice is definitely needed if we're to try this again!

March 14-16, 2003 - Fort Worth, TX

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3/14/03 - Win vs J. Jones: 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Hey, I got myself a win again! What do you know?! My opponent wasn't bad at all. I was just able to be a backboard and get the majority of my shots back over the net. Of course, this is a totally defensive way to play tennis, and can make for an ugly display. But often, your opponent will get frustrated with long rallies and then try to force something that he shouldn't. That happened pretty frequently, and he ended up hitting a lot of errors. That led to points for me, and a pretty decent win.

3/15/03 - Loss vs R. Turner: 6-2, 7-5
The second match was held the next day in North Richland Hills. They have a really nice tennis complex up there, but the big problem with the place is that it's built right next to the highway. So every match is a shout-fest, because you can't hear anything with all the traffic noise. That really doesn't bother me much, except for having to scream the score. Anyway, my opponent was quite good, but I had my chances to take this to 3 sets. I blew a lead in the second and ended up losing it all. But this was a pretty good singles tournament experience. Hopefully this 1-1 record will lead to more wins!

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3/15/03 - Loss: 6-2, 6-4
3/15/03 - Loss: 6-2, 6-0
3/15/03 - Loss: 6-2, 6-0
The doubles matches were absolutely nothing to write home about. Alan and I did remarkably bad, and our opponents simply picked us apart. We would try to come up with formations or strategies right on the spot, and that ended up being pretty laughable. But I suppose you shouldn't expect much from two guys who don't ever really play doubles. We'll probably stay away from this for a while unless we can really practice it more.
Pictures from the Jack Frost Open
These are from Kelly's and my second match.
Sorry for the poor quality of these pictures...
It was dark when we played.







Arlington Spring Open
April 4 - 6, 2003 - Arlington, TX

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4/4 & 4/5/03 - Loss vs D. Knox: 7-5, 6-3
I was totally stoked for this match. But I apparently played otherwise. I was up 5-3 in that first set, and proceeded to blow it. Ridiculous. Then some lightning moved into the area, so they postponed further play. This was Friday night, so we had to be back at 8 am to finish the matches. By that point I was already down 0-1 in the second set, and for some reason I was just completely mentally out of the match. Real nice. Consolation round anyone?

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4/5/03 - Win vs B. Fix: 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Ahh, this was the win I was waiting for in this tournament! When the draw was published, I had this vengeful desire to meet up with Bill Fix again. (He had beat me last year in Grapevine.) This guy is old but very crafty. My goal was to just move him around a lot and make him go the distance. Somehow, I was successful, and it worked perfectly. I thought I was in for another roughing-up after losing the first set 6-1, but I found my guts and pushed it to 3 sets. I think he kind of gave up a bit after losing the second set, but I still had to finish it off, and that that says something. Onward!
(Consolation round continued)

4/6/03 - Win vs J. Jones: 6-2, 6-4
Yeah, this is the same guy I beat in the FW Spring Open tournament. The poor guy keeps getting stuck having to play either the high-seeded players in the main round and then gets bounced to the consolation round. I was kind of irritated this day because he had to finish playing a mixed doubles match before we could play our singles match, so our match time was delayed by about 1.5 hours. So I ended up having to go without lunch, which would be a bad thing later on. By the time we got to play, I think he was completely beaten down and didn't have much fight left in him.
4/6/03 - Loss vs R. Turner: 6-3, 6-3
Yep, this was the same guy I lost to in the FW Spring Open. This part of this tournament was like deja vu! I really wanted to beat this guy this time, but the long afternoon had begun to wear on me. Add in the fact that I was running on empty, and I'm surprised I won 6 games in this match. I gave it my all, and I fought every point, but I was too slow and just couldn't keep up. At one point the exhaustion became evident when I swung my racket wrong and ended up hitting myself in the upper lip. Had I been just a centimeter off that mark, I would probably be missing a front tooth now! This was a great tournament for me though. Four matches, and a 2-2 record. Not bad at all.

NRH Adult Open
May 9 - 11, 2003 -
North Richland Hills, TX

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5/10/03 - Win vs R. Kellum: 6-4, 7-5
This was such a quality win. I was kind of cursed going into this tournament because they actually seeded me fourth! It seems that my state ranking was skewed higher because it was erroneously documented that I beat the #9 player in the state in the Arlington Spring Open. So at the time the draw for this tournament was created, I was like #20 in Texas. Ha ha! Anyway, I had to overcome the seeded status to beat a very worthy opponent. He actually used 2 hands for both backhand and forehand, which was pretty weird to keep up with. But I had a great personal success: After we tied 5-5 in the second set, I held serve and broke his serve to finish the match. Sort of unlike usual. Got to take advantage of the opportunities when they arise!!!
5/10/03 - Loss vs C. Safely: 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
My first match lasted damn near 2 hours, and I had to play this match only about 45 minutes later. And wouldn't you know it, this one was a marathon too. To spoil the party a bit, it was very windy outside that day, and the Mexican Haze was making the air nasty. We ended up having to play on a court with no wind net, so the wind blew on us unabated. I completely folded in the first set. I had game or break points in the first 3 games but failed to clinch any of them. Very very bad. After the first set, we were allowed to go to an unused court that had wind netting. For some reason I was rejuvenated, and somehow pulled out the second set. But by the time the third set came around, I was completely whipped. No energy left, just plain tired. Indeed, my opponent went up 5-2 in the third, and I really wasn't doing much to stop him from winning. But then he proceeded to lose the next 3 games, and we were stuck at 5-5. I was just about to pass out. I really didn't want to win the match anyway, because the next day was Mother's Day and I had plans that would have forced me to forfeit that day's match. But the guy won it - really with no help from me surprisingly - and I was done. Not too sad to have lost, because I put up a really good fight in this tournament.

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