The Green Center. The courts are in perfect shape - we quickly warmed up and decided to play a match utilizing the Fast 4 format.
Scott won the toss and quickly won his serve at love.
Stan followed suit and did the same for a 1-1 score. Stan broke Scott by taking a slow kick serve on the backhand and blasting a winner down the line. 2-1 Stan who then proceeded to stretch his lead to 3-2. With Scott serving on a 3-3 point Stan has his first set point but Scott denied it with a down the line backhand followed by a vicious cross court backhand winner. Stan served at 3-3 game score and held at love to take the first set.
The second set started with Stan going up 3-1. Scott started fighting back highlighted by a point with a great cross court rip followed by a short angle volley winner. Eventually Scott gets back to 3-3 and Stan found himself at the net on set point and took a hard gut shot like a pro and volleyed it away to win the second set.
Scott who thought the heat was his friend now found himself down 2-0 in sets. Unbelievably out of nowhere a flash thunderstorm appeared saving the day for Scott. We decided to get some lunch and postpone the match finish for a quick trip to La Pizza.
We had some outstanding Calzones and decided to finish the match on another day. Scott now had a much needed chance to rest and regroup. Fast forward a couple weeks to mid-July and we found ourselves on the clay at the Highlands and decided to finish the match before another tennis engagement. We had only played on clay once before and Scott was victorious.
This is when things get really interesting. A couple weeks later Stan meets a gentleman randomly in a restaurant bar and the discussion gets around to tennis and our blog. The gentlemen says his he grew up in a house with a private court and suggested we play it for the blog. A couple questions later Stan determined the house was for sale and closing in just a couple days. Of course we had to finish this match on the private court.
We warmed up and found the surface to be very consistent and began to play. Temperature at match time was 102 degrees and sunny.
This match took almost 30 days and three different courts to complete. We are grateful to the Graviss family for letting us play on their family court literally one day before the final sale. We really wish we could have met Dr. Graviss and played on the court in its heyday. Kaufman Park is a 10 all the way around with great work by the guys at McConnell and Associates once again to rebuild them. The Highlands we have covered elsewhere in the blog.
Stan wins again...... the question now is can Scott get his mojo back or will the name of this blog be changed to.... Stan beats Scott Once Again. Stay tuned.