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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Tower Grove Park

Tower Grove Park is a beautifully maintained Victorian Park located in south St. Louis City.  Central Realty has a listing on some really cool office space nearby at some property owned by our friends at Cfx.  Prior to playing we took a stroll through the Tower Grove Farmers Market which is held here every Saturday right next to the tennis facility.   The Tower Grove tennis facility features 13 courts.  Ten hard courts and the regions only public grass courts.
Unfortunately the grass courts were not available so we played on the hard courts.  We mixed things up this week and played a doubles match for the West County Ladder.  West County Ladder is hosted by the Racketman and is a great inexpensive way to get a lot of matches during the summer and meet a lot of great people.  Our opponents were Suvit Nopachai and Billy Niemann.  Courts were in pretty good shape but could use a repaint.  Unusual for a public park that it costs to play at Tower Grove.

Bounces were good and courts were medium to slow speed.   Match started out the wrong way as Suvit and Billy went up 2-1 right off the bat.   After analyzing the situation Stan and I made a couple of observations.  Billy has great hands at the net and Suvit loves hard hit balls.  Accordingly we decided to keep the ball away from Billy at the net and hit Suvit some junk.  That seemed to do the trick we came back and won the first set 6-4 and the second set 6-3.

Lots of good points were played.  This was the Mad Bulgarians second match of the day as he previously played mixed doubles with Toni Kovar whose father is the teaching pro at Tower Grove Tennis.  The Missouri Botanical Gardens are nearby and would be a fitting addition to any trip to Tower Grove Park.  

Location = 10
Court condition = 7.5
Overall =  8.75




 

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