Tennis in the desert. Not a bad place to win or lose.
Dallas has two representatives at Nationals this weekend. The High Point/Le team at 4.0 will be at Rancho Mirage and the High Point/Bender team at 3.0 will be at Tucson. The 5.0 men are also playing this weekend at Indian Wells with San Antonio/Godwin representing Texas.
In the 4.0 draw, Texas is in Flight 5 with Florida, Middle States and Midwest. This could be a tough flight. They will do well to just make it to Sunday. If they make it to the semis, they will play the winner of Flight 7 consisting of Southern California, Missouri Valley, Eastern and Intermountain. It’s going to be tough sledding all around for these guys. Texas plays Florida in its first match bright and early on Friday morning. That should tell us a lot about how the weekend will go.
In the 3.0 draw, Texas is in Flight 7 with Caribbean, Southern and Florida. Wow, that has to be the flight of death. All four of those teams are likely in the top six and I wouldn’t be surprised if Texas, Southern and Caribbean were in the top four. That is just brutal. Looks to me like the USTA gave Northern California (flight 5) a free pass to the semis. Even more interesting, New England, Middle States, Southwest and Northern are all in one flight together. What a gift. Of course I know nothing about 3.0 so that could all be dead wrong.
At 5.0, there are only three flights with Texas playing Southern California, Missouri Valley, Southwest and Florida. That’s going to be rough.
Good luck to everyone but especially our Dallas representatives.