Holloway Park is located in Ballwin at the intersection of Baxter and Holloway Roads. It features two lighted tennis courts and is adjacent to the North Pointe Aquatic Center.
So both players came into this weeks match on a roll in their USTA leagues. Stan has won four matches in a row on his USTA 4.5 level team and Scott has won three in a row on his 4.0 team. Scott has also been training for a bike ride on the KATY Trail so has ridden his bike over 100 miles in last 10 days.
Scott focused hard on hitting his backhand deep with topspin to eliminate the mid-court balls for Stan. The first two games of set two were very hard fought but Stan won them both and then held serve easily for a 3-0 lead. The wind started to kick up and this helped Scott win the next two games to get to 2-3. Scott was really hitting his forehand hard and the points became long and very physical.
At this point both players were exhausted and out of water. The decision was made to play the match out instead of a tiebreaker. Stan summoned his reserves and stormed out to a quick 5-1 lead. It looked like the end was near. Scott made a great "get" on a short forehand ball and was able to rip it cross court and hit the line for a winner. Somehow Scott kept his momentum and won five games in row to get a 6-5 lead. Stan served to stay in the match and promptly went down 0-30.
Stan aggressively tried to defend by coming up to the net on the next point but Scott was able to get a down the line shot by him to win the match 7-6 in the third! The courts here are really nice, good bounces and clean, crack free surface. Fences could use a little repair and there is some traffic noise from the nearby roads. Could be even noiser during swimming season. Condition is an 8.5 and location is an 8 for an average of 8.25