Just when I thought tanking discussions were reserved for the fall. Oh, well, let’s see if we can jump start a little discussion about the actual season. Of course Sunday is the Cowboys – Packers game and it’s currently showing a 60% chance of rain and 40 for a high here in Dallas. Not quite the Ice Bowl but rough conditions for tennis.
4.5 MOW – Flight A doesn’t look to have a big match this week. I’d expect the favorites to roll. Flight B has Greenhill/Rossouw versus JCC/Reiman (again). Do these teams ever get tired of playing each other? With the small number of teams in the 4.5 flights and about six teams who can really compete for the playoffs, expect some level of fireworks every week. Not much of an opportunity to take a week off for most of these guys, particularly in flight B.
4.0 MOW – Flight A would be McKinney/Peterson-Frick versus Brookhaven/Taragioli: it’s a little early to be a ‘lose and you’re out match’ but these two teams have a shot at the playoffs and one will be 0-1 on Monday. Flight B has two similar matches: Brookhaven/Bartlett versus Springpark/Walters and McKinney/Jacobson versus Canyon Creek/Patterson. Don’t take anyone of these four lightly because somebody from this bunch will be in the playoffs, maybe two.
OK, fine…for 3.5 watch Canyon Creek/Gable versus JCC/Mellman. Not my picks to win but either could contending with some good fortune.
Finally, a quick peak at 8.0 mixed since it seems like that’s going to be where most of the comments come from. Springpark started with a win over Greenhill/Murphy in a pretty convincing fashion. Not much else to discus since Canyon Creek and Greenhill/Moseley still haven’t reported, or maybe finished, yet. For this weekend, Canyon Creek and Brookhaven play the two Greenhill teams. Neither Greenhill team is bad but comparatively, those are the matches you’re going to have to play your B team so watch out for an upset if that happens. The excitement doesn’t really start until January 18 when Springpark and Canyon Creek collide for one of two matches.
And if you didn’t have a chance to get out to the Cotton Bowl for any of the Open matches, Arjun Kadhe (#2 seed) from Okie State defeated Will Stein (#1 seed) from Frog Worth in the final. The two paired to win the Open doubles as well from the #1 seed position. There were no seeded players in the 4.5 or 4.0 singles finals.