First, a little housekeeping. Several folks have let us know that they cannot see all the videos. Some of them don’t come up at all and some stop and go. We have switched all of them to come through VIMEO (something like YouTube), so there shouldn't be any more problems. If you still have trouble, let us know … we want you to have the full experience!
It was another day of rain on Saturday so it looked like no doubles and since we had to leave Sunday morning, it wasn’t looking good for a possible 4th win in the Mixed Doubles.
But by early afternoon the weather cleared, the tournament was able to use two additional courts but they wanted to get all the scheduled singles matches completed first. But by 7pm we were able to get on and win our mixed doubles and secure our 4th win in as many tournaments. Sue played Women’s Doubles in the 45+ division with our newly made friend from Australia but lost to a very strong team 1-6, 1-6. With all the rain, Mas' doubles partner from Hungary decided to go home so he withdrew from the Men’s Doubles division.
Trophies weren’t available until Sunday so Sue determinedly trotted off to pick them up before catching our train. Definitely worth it: she won 100 francs for the singles and we got a bottle of lovely red wine each for the mixed doubles. We can hardly wait for Monday when we can check the ITF web site and see how much our rankings have gone up!
We did like the beautiful surroundings with the lake and the gorgeous mountainous areas around Lugano and the tennis club and courts were very nice but the food was very expensive and not particularly inspiring (especially after Barcelona), the serving sizes of the wine by the glass were minuscule and rain … although we know it's not the fault of the place, we just feel like complaining a little.
So we’re off to spend two weeks with family in Tuscany near the village of Montecatini Val Di Cecina. It is about 1/2 hour west of Volterra where the film Twilight was shot. Many of you have let us know that you want to know about the places we visit even if it has nothing to do with tennis so we will keep you informed. One thing we know for sure … we going to find some tennis courts to practice a bit and keep our game sharp. We don’t want to make the same mistake we made before Barcelona and not play at all before the next tournament!
Mas Kimball has been a pro at Farm Neck since 2006. He & his wife, Sue, have traveled throughout the United States and internationally ... mostly to play tennis.
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