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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Shootout at the OK Corral - Westminster Christian Academy


This one has all the makings of a good movie.   Stan has been routinely beating up on Scott in the last few matches.   Scott is ranked #14 on the West County Tennis Ladder in singles and Stan is ranked #5.  Our match was an official challenge match for West County Ladder and we played at high noon in 100 degree heat.   Scott had been playing a lot of singles and came into the match with a 6-0 record on the ladder.

For our location we picked some new courts which are fast becoming the favorite for the tennis community.  The courts are those of the new Westminster Christian Academy in West County.   This is an absolutely gorgeous facility with 12 courts with individual fences, benches, umbrellas, restroom facilities.   A great place to play tennis.

So play we did.   Stan won the spin and elected to serve.   Scott struck first with a break at love and then held his own serve for a 2-0 lead.   Stan fought back to get to a 5-4 lead and then Scott served to stay in the set.   On break point Scott worked his way to the net and Stan hit a brilliant topspin lob over his head which landed square on the baseline.    First set to Stan.

The second set  Stan started out with a hold and then Scott held and broke for a 2-1 lead.  Two more serve holds and Scott was up 3-2.   Scott broke Stan again with a rocket cross court forehand and then was able to hold for a 5-2 lead.   Scott's strategy of pushing deep to the backhand and coming to the net looked like it was starting to work.  At this point Stan threw in the towel the heat had taken its toll.....  goosebumps and dehydration were apparent.  Better to quit than risk further damage.   Stlforgotten courts had experienced its first default.

Scott's hot weather gear may have been the difference - a cooler with Hammer HEED, ICE and a FROG Towel were very welcome accessories to bring out on such a hot day.  Did it make the difference - we will never know.  This one may have been won by pre- match preparation instead of skill.  

The courts are beautiful and play consistent and fairly slow.   We give them a 10 for location and a 10 for condition.   These are private school courts and for now they seem to be willing to let the public play here.  Treat them with respect!

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Bluebird Park Massacre

Sorry folks it has taken awhile to publish this one.   Scott's butt is still sore from this one.   Bluebird Park is the main city park for Ellisville, Missouri in West St. Louis County.  

It is a nice park with many amenities including swimming pool, trails, band shell, frisbee golf course, etc.   It also has some well used tennis courts.   The first thing we noticed was that most of the court surface was worn away leaving a gritty concrete surface.  

Bounces were consistent but slow.    After a quick warm up we got to work.  The match started out pretty close with both players holding serve to get to a 2-2 score.   At that point things started to get a little freaky, at least from Scott's perspective.  

The slow court which would normally favor Scott somehow was a perfect match for Stan's game.   At 2-2 Scott had reached his highwater mark.   The final score was 6-2,6-0 and in the words of Forrest Gump "Thats all we have to say about that".

Court Condition is a 6 and location is an 8 for a score of 7.   Clancy's Irish Pub is nearby is a great local option for lunch or an after match beer!