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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Longview Farm Park - Return of the Bulgarian

After missing last weeks match Stan was itchy to get back on the court for a match.  We found a court at a really interesting park in west St. Louis County.  Longview Farm Park has one tennis court along with stables, walking trails, meeting space, pavilions and a playground.   The setting is beautiful, the court is nicely fenced, the court itself is slightly cracked but not in too bad of shape.   There were also some leaves on the court but that is to be expected at this time of year.

In order to make it interesting we started the match playing with Scott's racquets that he used in 1981 on the Hazelwood East high school team. Scott played number two singles for the Spartans behind local teaching pro from Creve Coeur Racquet Club, Steve Wall.  The racquets were Head Professionals known as "Red Heads" back in the day.  These racquets were developed by the Head Corporation after the Departure of Howard Head. 

Head left his own company and went to Prince a manufacturer of Tennis ball machines and developed and pioneered the first oversized racquets.  Anyway on to the match.   Scott stormed out to a 4-1 lead at which point he switched racquets to a vintage Wilson T-3000(originally developed by Rene Lacoste).  Stan came back strong and got back to 4-3.  At this point the best game of the match was played.

Two points stand out - first at Deuce Scott drove a wicked cross court return which Stan somehow retrieved, played himself back into the point and went on offense.  Scott in desperation and on the dead run whipped a vicious cross court passing shot to win the point.   At this point Scott began to "make love to crowd like Jimmy Connors 1991...  

On game point Scott hit a great down the line return and came to the net.   Stan got the ball back and Scott slipped on leaves falling flat on his back and watching Stan lob his volley back for a winner.  Stan ended up winning the game.    Scott then closed out the next two games for a 6-4 win.

The vintage racquets were retired and the second set began with modern equipment.  After a 2-2 start Stan went on a 12-0 run on his serving games and wins the second set at 6-4.   A 10 point tiebreaker was played in lieu of a third set and Scott ran off the first six points for a 6-0 lead.  Stan fought back to 6-8 but then couldn't hold on as Scott won the final two points.

Location rating was a 10 and court condition a 7( cracks caused several weird bounces) for a total of 8.5.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pelada Trailer

This is an awesome trailer!  This symbolizes with soccer what we are trying to accomplish with tennis in the St. Louis Area.  Hope you all enjoy!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Lion's Park, Eureka

We traveled this week to Lion's Park in Eureka, Missouri.   Our Bulgarian was absent trying to maintain his #1 ReMax agent in St. Louis Metropolitan Area for the fourth year in a row.  We drafted two wiley veterans from Franklin county and an Okie to play some doubles.   Bob Faust who is a well known local tennis dude(captain of many USTA teams) and a man who possesses a stellar net game.

Bob partnered with motorcycle riding Jimmy Connors style backhand owner Lee Parsons.   Scott took the Okie Charles Welton a 4.5 player who can really crank it up when necessary!  Lion's Park is interesting to say the least, one one side we had a bunch of firefighters setting up the Eureka Backdraft Rodeo and on the back side attached to the court were batting cages.    Fortunately they were not occupied at the time of the match.  Also nearby was an elementary school with an extremely loud intercom - our warm up was interrupted to remind us to place our recycling bins outside the door....

First set was tight and after a couple weeks indoors everybody was having trouble keeping the ball in the court.   At 4-4 the wiley veterans were able to send a couple volleys and parsons flat backhands right by us and they broke to go up 5-4.  Parsons then closed it out on his serve.

A strategy change was in order and Charles switched to backhand while Scott took the forehand.   This worked better as took the second set 6-2.  After the second set it was decided to play a full third set.

Bob and Lee fought hard and we started out 2-2 then Scott and Charles rallied and reeled off four games in a row for the win.   Really fun match, courts were average speed and fairly well maintained.  All agreed no weird bounces or any negative reports as to actual court condition.

We rated the court an 8 and the location only a 5 for an average of 6.5.   Low rating on location was due to the numerous distractions including rodeo, ball fields, batting cage and highway nearby.    If we were slightly younger we might have capped it off with a trip to nearby Six Flags!