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Comment by Tim Prapong on May 18, 2011 at 10:00am

One set?? Is that because there wasn't many people playing 5.5 that year?

My Tennisopolis partner, Bart Wallace, who I've been rallying with, mentioned that 5.5 has much less competition that the 4.5 category. He says that when Open players can't win, they drop down to 4.5 to win some to buy confidence to play back at Open. Also said 5.5 was mostly teaching pros, some over the hill.

I trust his opinion because he is a former tour player and his game I respect.

Haha, what's your friend's name who beat Fischer? He must've beaten him during Fischer's early years.

BTW, I can vouch for Decker. He is a beast on the court, with a real twist serve. I had problems returning it and his passing shots are pinpoint. Plus, he comes in and puts pressure. You guys should meet in Santa Barbara. lol

 

Comment by Decker on May 18, 2011 at 9:42am
Oh, I thought you were closer... That sucks.... SORRY!!!!!
Comment by John Spoerl on May 18, 2011 at 9:38am
Malibu? Yo, that's 6+ hrs. I am all the wy up here in sac
Comment by Decker on May 18, 2011 at 9:35am

Where do you play? I have courts in Malibu. If it is too far, we can meet half way.

I am trying to open time for Friday. Is that good for you?

Comment by John Spoerl on May 18, 2011 at 9:24am
Ya dan? Let's get a hit in this week!
Comment by Decker on May 18, 2011 at 8:10am

Hi John, 

I'd like to play if you have time. I think we would have fun.... I love a good war... I am an open player.

 

Congrats on the award!

 

Comment by John Spoerl on May 18, 2011 at 2:55am
Bobby fisher... I know a guy here who has a win over him in chess, no lie!

But ya, you can certainly look up his results. Federer is the best player ever and he never played usta
Comment by John Spoerl on May 18, 2011 at 2:53am
I won one set all year =)

This is why I told mike to worry about improving... not getting ranked high.

I miss-understood your reference. I figured he won it in some BS manner like mee
Comment by Tim Prapong on May 18, 2011 at 1:59am

I don't get your reaction. Well, I haven't looked up your record myself, so that's why I'm asking. You must've beaten many opponents to get the certificate, right? Guess I shouldn't compare you to my hero McEnroe. He was 43-0.

Well, the only tournament I played after my high school years was the intramural UCR tournament. I lost 4-6, 4-6 to the eventual winner. I made a promise to myself that I would play tournaments if I thought I mastered every shot to a high enough degree. I've played two 5.0s from Michigan, both former juniors, one ranked #2 in his day. I beat the first one 6-1, 6-2. The other I took to a tiebreaker and the score was 9-9, then we called it a day. I've also played a regular 4.5/ 5.0 tournament player in SoCal. His name's Andrew Likis. We have good rallies, though we've never played sets. Well, I don't think I'll change my rating based on this experience among others.

I've played plenty of racquetball tournaments where people underestimated me because of my size. I took on a ranked #9 California junior starting to play pros at UC Riverside. No one thought I'd give him a match at 13-15. He was 6'3'' and I am 5'6''.

But I've never had to hear this much stuff about ratings in the racquetball world as I hear in tennis. It really bores me. So you would say to Bobby Fischer he shouldn't be considered the best chessplayer of all time, if he refused to play FIDE tournaments and Karpov?

 

Comment by John Spoerl on May 12, 2011 at 9:40am
One more person than you have eveer beaten in a 5.5 tournament... or any tournament I can look up. Did you change your 5.5 rating yet?

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