If anybody cared the last three matches went like this... I won a real lights out battle in the impending darkness at the Northwestern University outdoor courts. To quote the Ljubman, "spend some Euros and get some lights!" That match was on a sweltering hot Friday evening. On a cold gray Sunday morning I lost a real rock'em sock'em battle with a guy who I have always had big hitting wars. Fast forward to the next week to face my retriever nemesis and clearly was not ready to suffer as he took me out in two easy sets. Summer and Fall went by with no singles play as family life to a toll on the flex league singles play.
I've finally taken a step outside of the mixed doubles toybox and joined a 4.0 men's team. That team plays out of the NU indoor courts. My first 4.0 match was a singles match outside on clay. Even though everything was against me I was ahead in both sets only to choke them both away. I was feeling down about myself as I lost the deciding match to give the other club a 3-2 win. I got a chance at redemption on Halloween as they stuck me on #3 doubles in a match again the 1st place team in the league. Once again it came down to my match to see with team would take the whole thing, Even though it was a 4.0 match it was more of a 7.5 combo match as both sides sent out 4.0 and 3.5 pairing. It was very even affair as both teams held serve until 3-4. We were broken and they served for the set at 5-3. We broke back, I held (even though they had 3 set points in the process) , broke again, and we held to close out the set. We broke the first game of the second set only for me to give it back on a sloppy service game. We stayed neck and neck until my heavy forehands and my partners ability to cover the net provided the go-ahead break in the 4-4 game. I was able to serve it out on the third match point.
The common thread between NU and the snooty club where I lost on the clay is that they both have Playsight. Playsight is a data recording system that allows you to analyze your matches and practice sessions. For doubles right now it is mainly video and on court line calls. However for singles you can get speed and spin data player movement etc... The only problem is that the upscale club club does not have the system on the outdoor courts so I don't have anything to show you from my singles match. However if you would like to look at my doubles match check out this link. You can tell me if I just spin tall tales in my posts or if they are somewhat close to reality. After looking at myself on this video and another mixed video I have realized I must be aggressive in my game I cannot try to play within myself and expect to win at the 4.0 8.0&7.5 mixed levels.I am thinking of starting a playsight group on TO where we can share our links and check each other's games out. That is assuming I'm not the only one that has access to the technology.