Its location was on the primary road between St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri. Its population waned over time and in 1950 was only 276. As suburbanization began, the population exploded with over 8,000 single family homes being built in the 1960's. It is during this period that Bridgeway park was built. The park is difficult to find as it is located in the middle of a neighborhood. It is really a nice and quiet park with bathrooms, ball field, volleyball, tennis courts and a shelter/bbq area. The courts have seen better days and are missing most of the surface on the outer edges. One court was playable while the other was not.
Stan is physically in the best shape of his life completing an 11 mile Tough Mudder 6 days prior to the match. Scott knew this was going to be tough and selected his lower tension racquet to give him a little more firepower since he knew outrunning the Bulgarian was not an option.
Both players held serve until 3 all with Scott winning 12 of his first 13 service points. Stan's serves were a little tougher for him but he managed to hold on by striking winners repeatedly to Scott's forehand side. On Scott's next serve he went down 0-40 but managed to come back and win to go up 4-3. Scott was doing a great job mixing up his serves and keeping Stan a little off balance, but Stan held and then a 4-4 Scott was derailed when Stan ripped an inside out forehand winner off a serve up the middle to break Scott. Stan held his serve easily and the first set was in the bag, 6-4 Stan over Scott.
The second set started out all Scott as he went up 3-0 with great defense turning Stan's winners into defensive lobs. Scott extended the lead to 4-2 and then Stan went on a tear winning 3 games in a row to go up 5-4 and put himself in position for a two set victory. After losing a 25 stroke rally, Scott held his serve on the next point by hitting a delicate lob over Stan's head for a winner. Scott then followed that up with another perfect lob on Stan's serve to break him and finally held his own serve by hitting 4 volleys in a row at the net culminating with a drop volley that the speedy Bulgarian could not quite get his racket on. Second set to Scott at 7-5.
Location is a 10 as this is a quiet secluded place to play but court conditions at this point are only a 4 for a combined rating of 6. A great nearby place to eat after you play here is the India Palace which has a great lunch buffet and an awesome view of Lambert Airport. A nearby tourist attraction is North County's most haunted house, the Payne-Gentry House. Thanks for reading!