Jack Frost Open
February 8-9, 2003 - Mansfield, TX
Click here for the men's 3.0 main draw
2/8/03 - Loss: 6-4, 7-6(3)
Click here for the men's 3.0 consolation draw
2/8/03 - Win: 7-5, 6-3
Click here for the mixed 3.0 main draw
2/9/03 - Loss: 6-3, 6-4
2/8/03 - Loss: 6-4, 6-3
Click here for the mixed 3.0 consolation draw
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!
Fort Worth Spring Open
March 14-16, 2003 - Fort Worth, TX
Click here for the men's 3.0 singles draw
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!
Click here for the men's 3.0 doubles draw
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?
Click here for the consolation draw
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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