Wednesday, July 16, 2014

City Play Offs Preview

QT is behind us and City Playoffs are upon us.  Here is a quick and dirty breakdown for everyone to discuss.

5.0+  This is a 3 team knockout format.  Since Dallas was last years runner-up at 5.0, and the team had to move up or split up, Dallas would be hard pressed to repeat as sectionals champs.  Regardless, these are some of our cities finest.

In the first match, we have The blogs own Marc Rossouw from the mean streets of Greenhill.  While Wagner will try to invade their turf traveling all the way from Frisco and the Lakes.  This rumble of heavy weights take place at 8:00 on Saturday.  The winner gets to deal Perkison's Village Boys at 12:00 Saturday.  That is a mighty quick turnaround.

Rossouw v Wagner
In the first match between these two Rossouw won a tight 2-1.  Anis Mezzour knocked off Bartzen.  That is a very good win.  Bartzen wins the first set 6-1 and then drops the second one 1-6.  Bartzen is tough and there is no doubt but so is Mezzour. 

Honestly, I have no idea who wins as I think it will come down to that match again.  They split doubles and have to win singles.  Just for fun, I will pick Rossouw.

Perkison vs Rossouw

In round 1, Perkison won a 2-1 with Mezzour handling Walker.  I think there is a good chance it won't be Walker this time around.  I think Collins will get the nod.  I will take him in a close match but his legs should be fresher.  In the end, I will take Perkison in a 2-1.

Best of Luck and should be some good tennis.

4.5  This is a 4 team round robin.  We have QT winner Lakes/Way versus GH/Rossouw's 5.0 in training squad.  Village/Warren brings their guys too.  The favorite is JCC/Reiman.  JCC has a few that are not eligible to play and if they don't win, I think that will be the difference.

Teams
JCC has a Rossouw or Pickettesque sized roster with a lot of very good players.  Although Kiron & Kern played for Pickett in Fort Worth.  Cambron is not eligible.Guillod is 5.0.  There are others too.  It doesn't mean he is toothless but those are some good players that would make a difference.

Greenhill has a ton of players that are good.  Most of these guys have been to sectionals (or farther) a dozen times.  IF Marc manages his roster well and gets his best out; he has a legitimate shot.

Lakes/Way won the QT.  As someone mentioned, they need to get more singles production to hang with the rest.  Welwood and Vu could be the reason the win.

Village/Warren has a number of players that almost get to sectionals every year.  I suspect this will be the same.  I am not saying they aren't dangerous as they are.  They are very capable but all of these teams are really good.

4.0  For some reason this is the level most care about.  I suppose since it is the biggest level that makes sense.  It is broken into 2 flights with 2 QT winners.  I just realized QT didn't play a championship until after it was over.  First time I have seen that.  One strange thing I noticed is the QT winner Canyon Creek had to play reams in their own flight in QT and again now in City Playoffs.  On the other hand, Oak Creek is in the other flight and otherwise, they would be in the same flight as their flight champion.  Since not all flights are created equal, in flighted playoffs, most organizers try to split that up.  Oh well, it looks like they take the math and went with that.

Flight Red:
Village/Gordon is a team that won its flight and had one loss.  I can't take much stock in that loss as they had the flight wrapped and emptied the bench in the last match.

Fretz/Clark won a flight but had a ton of 3-2 wins.  Still, most thought that was the toughest flight so that has to mean something.

Canyon/Creek came in second in this flight with only a loss to Fretz/Clark.  They went through QT and should be a little more battle tested.

Tough flight to call but I am taking the unpopular pick of the Village.  So many times I have seen the team that quietly takes care of business and nobodyt discusses come through.  Who am I kidding I like the chicks at the Village pool.  They deserve my support for that. 

Flight Blue
High Point Somabut is the heavy favorite in this flight.  They went through their flight undefeated and not really tested too hard. 

Brookhaven/Bartlett lost twice in a not so tough flight.  They definitely have some solid players but they have to be ready to play.

Oak Creek/Rich was the other QT flight winner.  While they are probably better than they get credit, they are a step below.  Still, don't be surprised if they catch Brookhaven. 

HP v Village goes to High Point.  Somabut has won countless championships at 4.0 and I am sure he will add another towel or jug to his already overcrowded city championship closet.

Good Luck to all and may nobody get hurt

139 comments:

  1. As good of a guess as any. I think Canyon Creek and Fretz are better than Village.

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  2. URGENT MESSAGE TO ALL CAPTAINS WITH FRIDAY PLAYOFF MATCHES.
    There is a 90% chance of rain on Friday. If you do not get your matches played and recorded Friday night both teams will be double defaulted. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS SO DON'T ASK!
    Thank you, the DTA
    Your league fees make the DTA possible. We are here for you.

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    1. First dibs on the indoor climate controlled courts at LBH

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    2. LBH has indoor?

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  3. $1000 in FW 40 and over league fees, $1000 in FW 4.5 18 over league fees, $1000 in Dallas 4.5 18 and over league fees, $400 in 5.0 Dallas league fees,

    NO SECTIONAL WINS! PRICELESS

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    1. For $100 bucks I'll sell you some sectionals T shirts you can wear around

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    2. I have some spare clean up towels too.

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  4. I will buy them, thanks. Do you have enough for 32 players?

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    1. Used or unused? They are various years but yes, 32 can be done. Some used but a washing machine can fix that.

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    2. That a tall order. I can probably must about a dozen sectionals shirts and 4 or 5 nationals shirts. Were you planning on playing more people than that? At the sectionals event you didn't qualify for?

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  5. The word in 4.0 is BOB... nuf said.

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  6. I'm really torn on 4.5. If Marc can make sectionals I really hope they make nationals so they'll all have to split up. Over and under on how many would come back?

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    1. 2, Russy and Brandon

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    2. Making nationals??? You are kidding right??

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    3. If Pickett makes it and Rossouw at 40s... There would be too few teams at 4.5 with move up/split up. Most players would have to sit out.

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    4. Now that would be funny

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  7. If you go back whether you make it or not desperate would be the word. Can't believe anyone would play for that guy.

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  8. While everyone is bickering and wishing they could advance Springpark is quietly retooling and bolstering their roster. After years of national dominance and having to sit out a year the SP freight train is back. Gene Davis now a 4.5, Alan A back to 4.0, the best 3.5 women on the planet and kelley as the ringleader a-hole who starts off giving the team a 1-0 lead it looks like everybody else is playing for second. Not sure how Alan does it but their domination of mixed tennis is up there w the Yankees, the Steelers of the 70's, the Celtics and Bulls dynasty and the Beatles. That kind of show of power is impressive. Hats off to Springpark, looks like more national titles and appearances to come. How does one get lucky enough to play on that squad?

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  9. To get on that squad you practice. I was getting a racket strung out there yesterday ( great stringers and great price) and asked why paying as playing w a 4.0 and the person st the desk said he was moved down. 2 hour practice and the season doesnt start for 6 months? No wonder Springpark uses other teams as a doormat and national banners are hanging all over the place out there.

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  10. Alan playing w a 4.0 a day after getting moved down???!!! Damn that is work ethic ! We should all try that

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    1. Say what you want but they work at it harder than anyone else in town, mixed or men's. Played on an Alan mixed team once and was shocked at how they have this down to a science.

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  11. He isn't listed. Did he hit the pussy appeal button?

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    1. No, the Wizard of Oz granted him one wish

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  12. No, he hit the national title button.

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  13. Are you gonna sit there and tell me Kelley has any left in the tank?? He will be 50 next year. Gene and Alan early forties but this will not be the dynasty they had. Oh, who am I kidding? That teams wins 9.0 if they wanted

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  14. For 5.0 I will pick Lakes to win 3-0 with Gaston beating Anis.

    Finals will see Village win 3-0 with Lorne over Gaston in a close match. Oscar could challenge Village dubs but not sure who else.

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  15. Thank God! Lets only talk about playoffs. That's whats current.

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  16. I don't see anywhere that Alan is a 4.0. Hoax or true?

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  17. Tennislink still says 4.5???

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    1. If you hit appeal and it is granted tennis link doesn't change right away. When you sign up for your first team you will show up as 4.0A (or 4.0E depending on the league) on your registration.

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  18. I'm a 4.0 Springpark member, so I had to call him and ask. He said he hits appeal every season just to see what happens and this year he went back to 4.0.

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  19. Can you appeal throughout the year? I may try again.

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  20. Go to http://www.texas.usta.com/UsaLeagueTennis/2014_early_season_league_ratings/
    and follow the instructions.

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  21. Never seen such narcissistic ego maniacs as AA and MK. They love stroking themselves or each other.

    Shit - Bender has been to Nationals 16 times -- you don't see him beating his own meat on here.

    So tired of hearing how great AA and Kelly are. Get past 16 National trips and then you can brag.

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    1. Can Bender still do that at his age?

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  22. Might as well sit out mixed next year. That's a tragedy.

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  23. Kelly doing it despite being screwed by the DTA and others who can't stand him winning. Bender has no one stopping him bec he is no threat. AA and MK have done an outstanding job and are to be commended, despite all the haters and ignorant posters.

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    1. How was Kelly screwed again? BC he was busted for tanking?

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    2. Wasn't busted, was railroaded and the national committee agreed he was screwed. Certain local people acted out of jealousy

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  24. Heck, I have captained and played on leagues for years on both Dallas and FW and still havent even been once!

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  25. Let's see.... bender or Kelley ???? Um, I take Kelly 6-0,6-0.... Or worse

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  26. If Kelly plays more leagues and a few more years he will easily beat 16 national appearances. Don't think it is that important, he is also racking up nationals w a lot less years and leagues Bender has done it. However, kudos to both. Alan has coached Kelly for years and both are at peace w their respective success.

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    1. It doesn't count if you don't appear

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  27. I called DTA, ALAN still shows to be 4.5. So does Jean Nguyen.

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    1. Look him up on tennis link. It will still show 4.5. Doesn't mean his appeal wasn't granted.

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  28. Taking my date to watch tennis Friday eve. Where will the best match be?

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    1. The Tennis Channel.

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    2. That's a date? Don't expect a second date.

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    3. I take things slow

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  29. Good thing Canyon Creek 8.0 enjoyed their mixed sectionals trip this year. That's over. Of course they didn't fare too well there so maybe they don't want to go back.

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  30. As long as Springpark doesnt have to disband again for getting to nationals twice last year CC won't be winning 8.0.

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  31. What??? Springpark went to mixed nationals in 18's and 40's last year???? I thought you had to declare a primary team???

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  32. Two different leagues.

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  33. So is playing ft worth and Dallas? I play 3.5 in both but could only advance in one. Seems the rules are not followed by everyone.

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  34. Ruben Muniz a 4.5...........what a joke. 3.5 is more like it.

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    1. Not a 4.5, but wins almost all of his matches at 4.0 and plays on good teams.

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  35. 3.5 and 3.5 is the same league. 3.5 18 and over and 3.5 40 and over would be two different leagues. One plays in winter and 1 plays in summer. They also would never play each other. Dallas and ft worth would play each other in sectionals.

    Hope that helps.

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  36. Muniz and Stein to 4.5 and Flora and Wiley to 3.5.
    Great system.

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    1. Looks like the computer is based on the actual scores not the reputations. Flora and Wiley are both 4.0/4.5 when they try. Tanking works!

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    2. It may work but it is still pathetic.

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    3. I agree. Flora and Wiley tanking is pathetic. What did Stein do except win?

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    4. They must be joining Tony Le's crew. Le, Delapaz and Arcaria as tankers. Ridiculous. Pretty sure that all hang out together.

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  37. Ala A, Kelly and Davis are damn near shoo in nat champions.

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    1. Screw you. CC has your number. You are so 3 years ago. Kelly has been exposed. Alan used to suck and now sucks even more.

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    2. Forgot to add, how was your playoff results in 49s? Alan, how did that go again? Last I checked, you didn't win a line... Oops, I mean didn't play a line.

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    3. What is 49s? Did the USTA make another new league?

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    4. Heard they would start making th for every single age until 90. 40s is stupid.

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    5. They could start a 90s league and that team out of FW would still sweep CC again. FW team was damn near 90 already

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    6. I would agree, barring injury or disinterest ( which Kelly can have) Springpark is going to nationals in 40's and 18's. There is no more dominant team last 5 years. Houston has our number in men's but we kick butt in mixed.

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  38. I think Lakes wins 5.0. I'm calling the upset. Do the London bookmakers take action on these? We will shake Dallas tennis.

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    1. C'mon dude... Crack is so 90s but it still kills. Lay off the pipe.

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    2. Yeah, I'm with Corey, Village is too M'fn tough.

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    3. Village too tough if Brannon can get his best guys to show up. Arrant, Westbrooks, and Jiminez haven't lost a match, plus Collins rarely loses.

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    4. If Lakes stacks dubs and Gaston wins singles it's possible. The problem is you're asking Gaston to win two singles matches against quality opponents. His second match will be Village's first.

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  39. Any cities talk? Geez, sounds like a bunch of cry bitches.

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    1. JCC and HP. Not much to talk about

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  40. Playoffs are finally here but it appears it is rain. Any chance BH has barn access tonight? Could be a late night if they do.

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    1. Looks like a decent chance if no rain and cool temps.

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    2. Now they're saying 10% chance of rain so should be great weather

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  41. Best weather ever for cities.

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  42. I am w Corey as well. I think Kelley wins tonight playing w a 3.5 in 4.5 division of mixed at FW major zone.

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  43. Bigger question is can he carry Vince Kingsley in the 4.5 men's doubles? If he wins both matches today that would be impressive.

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    1. Not sure how he holds up physically as he would have 4 matches Saturday if he keeps winning but there is nobody better when he wants.. He will be money today I bet ya winning both men's and mixed tonight. Let's see how he hold up from there. He will be covering a lot of court.

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    2. First mixed match is against an 8.5 team, that won't even be close.

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  44. Flora a 3.5. He is not tanking, just not that good.

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    1. Maybe Alan has him for 8.0 mixed now

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    2. A really good 4.5 woman might be able to carry the load

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  45. Alan even passes on him

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  46. In cities flora and 4.5 lady might win but sectionals and nationals different story. Springpark is disappointed if they don't get to nationals so he will be passed on. Other clubs just happy to get to sectionals

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  47. Kingsley couldn't carry Kelly

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  48. What happened in 4.0 tonight? Any score updates?

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  49. CC had a pre-mature E-raqulation last weekend. Went down on fretz and took it to the face 0-5.
    Hp won 4-1

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  50. kingsley couldn't carry Kelley and Kelley needed at least a 4.0 partner in mixed

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  51. I am glad Kelley lost and I hope he quits tennis and realizes he sucks. He no longer makes it to another nationals. Let the tennis community rejoice!!

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  52. Old, slow and mentally weak. That is what happens as 50 approaches. He is done.

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  53. To 11:06
    I talked to mike tonight and his mixed partner played great he said. Mike blamed himself as he said he had an off night and that heather played well enough for them to win.

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  54. Lmao, so much for being 42-0. You are now on a losing streak. Hope that is the first of many mixed losses in a row!!

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  55. So much for Kelly's Fort Worth dominance.

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  56. What happened in 4.5?

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  57. It is called pressure and Kelley cannot handle it in big matches.

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  58. did the JCC get a wild card?

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    1. What is the tie-break used?
      They were same record, matches won as well, would it be sets which JCC would be champion or did they go head to head.

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    2. They changed the tiebreaker this year to add head-to-head after lines, before sets.

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    3. Yes JCC got a W/C

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  59. Waiting on results from the Somabut and Clark 4.5 finals. I mean 4.0. What a bunch of 4.5 wankers. I mean tankers.

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  60. Clark won 4-1. Not sure what was up. Seed like some of the guys that were really good as I watched Friday night weren't playing.

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  61. Both teams are in sectionals, regardless of the outcome of the finals. No sense risking injury to their best players.

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  62. What I saw this weekend is Dallas is in no danger of representing Texas at nationals.

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    1. Coming from the guy who isn't on a playoff team and instead is anonymously commenting on a city tennis blog........

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  63. And from what I saw at the mens 4.0 final it was a mail in by Somabut. All the scrubs played and of course Huthinson and Somabut lost matches that didnt matter, keep managing those results! We expect nothing less boys!

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  64. Somabut is a cheating ass bitch. Just like his protege Le. They can't handle playing at their level with no chance to go to nationals so they waste people's times. Oh and they come off as the nicest guys in the world surely they wouldn't do what they do. They need to get their asses beat to remind them off their childhood days and the reason they do this in the first place. Losers then and now.

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  65. what are you talking about? I thought Tetarude was his best player??

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    1. I watched his match today. That guy just hit him off the court. Few people can finish a point like that 90 year old hippy he played today.

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    2. I saw that match too. That was some textbook tennis. I thought we were watching 3.0.

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  66. So Kelly went 0-2 in FW this weekend? Was the cooler weather really just the heat coming out of his game?

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    1. Lol. He is one step ahead of everyone else.... Oops, I mean he got beat by better players. Thats what he told me.

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    2. Why do you people keep getting drawn in to his antics??? Sit back and ask yourself why he sucks in tourneys and leagues and when it comes time for sectionals and nationals he is undefeated. Pleeez

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  67. Dont forget on the only loss the 4.0 Clark team had in the final was when Capt. Kieth Clark himself tanked a meaningless match away. In my opinion you can throw his sorry ass in with all of the other cheating captains out there. When the leaders of the team are the worst offenders what do expect from all of there minions?

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  68. What is the sectionals schedule? Will Reiman have Kern and Kiron or are they true Pickett boys?

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    1. Doesn't matter, Freeman will embarrass Dallas again. He has his ringers easy to go again and once again we will be sitting with a bunch of 5.0 ratings and he will have another sectionals championship.

      At least we will have another tack sectionals t-shirt to wear around town.

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    2. Freeman had ridiculous teams last year. Don't think this year's 4.5 squad will up to last year's standard but it should be good enough at sectionals.

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    3. Last year was ridiculous but they are still better than our guys. Our best play in Fort Worth. I can't root for a FW team. Grow a pair Pickett, your team is good enough to win either city.

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    4. Dallas is so far behind Houston it is embarrassing.

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  69. I know it's not a popular question but there has been no 3.5 analysis on this blog all year. Can we get anything for cities this weekend?

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    1. We don't talk about it because this is a tennis blog and that isn't really tennis.

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    2. Bender will win and go to Sectionals

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  70. Also, for Early Season Ratings, are YE Benchmark players allowed to appeal their new ratings? Also, when an appeal is denied, what are the different reasons for being denied? I know "rating outside appealable range" and it shows as an E rating for early season. What other reasons are given?

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    1. Anyone can appeal early start ratings

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    2. Benchmarks only apply to year end ratings

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  71. Somabut and Clark captains of the year. They won't win anywhere but Dallas but at least they are on the up and up.

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  72. Wild Cards and their flights have been announced. Time for a sectionals thread.

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  73. DTA finally caught up to Somabut cheating tactics. Vinh Tran DQ'd and reversed his wins in city championships. Now they need to DQ the rest of their 4.5 wankers. Patrick M Johnson would be a good start.

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  74. It looks like Vihn was DQ'd, but his matches were not reversed. It wouldn't have changed the results anyway.

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