Making my return to USTA competitive tennis tonight. I'm playing a 3.5 singles tournament. I've had little practice so I'm not expecting much in the tournament. I lucked out with my 1st opponent who appears to be a top level 3.0 who is starting to play up. My opponent played this event last year and ate a double bagel in his 1st match. I hope to keep that tradition going for him. If I beat him I meet the 4th seed who got a bye. Both matches will take place tonight.
The plan for tonight is keep the points short in the 1st match, while staying consistent. Hopefully my experience will come into play early and make for a quick match. At 37 I know a long rest will only lead to stiffness so I plan to take the minimum break and announce my readiness. The 4th seed appears to be a high 3.5/low 4.0 like myself. We share some opponents and we seem to have beaten the same players and lost to the same players so it should be a good match.
If a total disaster happens and I lose in the 1st round then there is a consolation draw. I'll report either way tonight or tomorrow morning.