In the immortal words of Charles Schulz, “I would have won but I got off to a bad finish.” That’s about as much sense as I can make of 3.5 tennis. I’ve been hit up all season for some analysis, any analysis, on the 3.5 leagues but I know next to nothing about the teams or the players. Of course these people made the city playoffs and I did not so I’m going to give it a try. In fairness, I asked around a little bit and very few people seemed to know much either. So with very few insights and a little research, here we go.
There were only two flights and only one undefeated team this season. The combatants will be Greenhill/Alzuro as the #1 seed, Fretz/Nguyen as the #2 seed, and High Point/Gardner as the #3 seed (QT winner). Both Greenhill and High Point had one self rate disqualified. Evidently this is not a round robin. Instead, I have been told that #2 will play #3 and the winner will play #1 in the finals. So it should be Fretz v High Point in round one.
High Point’s only loss was against Greenhill. For the season they went 4-4 in singles against the four best teams in their flight. Their DQ’d self rate played line 1 singles or doubles in four of his five matches, so that had to hurt. Fretz went 5-3 in singles against its top four teams but had a 2-3 loss to a team that High Point beat easily in QT. That’s a little discouraging. I’d call this one a coin flip but will take Fretz based on High Point losing a top player.For a Greenhill versus Fretz final I’ll have to take Greenhill. I'll take Greenhill if High Point makes the final as well. They went undefeated in the tougher flight (according to QT results) and they only have to play once so they should be fresh. The Fretz versus High Point winner will have played an extra match and will have harder time getting their best lineup out for both matches.
Not extremely insightful but that’s what I’ve got. By the way, if he was playing this weekend I’d take Snoopy at #1 singles. Good luck to all the competitors.