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Back in the (Tennis) Swing of Things…

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I made my foray back into the wonderful wide world of competitive tennis last week with an entry into the Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club Tournament in Laguna Hills, CA.

This was a USTA sanctioned doubles tourney. My buddy Ian wanted to play more tournaments this year so he enlisted my court talents as his partner in the 4.5 division.

Now, we are solid 4.0 singles players but my friend decided he wanted to play at the higher 4.5 level. You would think the difference wouldn’t be much – the mastery of strokes is pretty similar but the aggressive nature of the battle is slightly higher.

As we lunched at the club prior to our match I warned him in my best Oscar Goldman impression, “We’re going to come across bionic tennis men. Their names will be Steve Austin I & II. They will be younger, stronger, faster…” My eyes glazed over as I dozed off and wondered… “Did I leave my car keys in the trunk?”

My attempt to inform my companion of the elevated level of play we would more than likely come across was to no avail. All my confused partner could muster was, “Hey… hey! Snap out of it… who the hell is the Six Million Dollar Man? Uhh… you have some mustard on your chin.”

I downed the last of my Chicago Dog and gulped what remained of my 2nd mug of Miller Lite. I know, I know… beer you ask? Well, I did have the strategic wherewithal to pass on the Guinness for the airier, nimbler light beer. I. Was. (ahem) Ready.

The main reason for this post was to supply the following pictures of the beautiful tennis club:

The skies were clear and the temperature was in the high 80’s. The courts were surrounded by majestic full-size trees and not only ranch “style” but actual true to form ranch houses. The club’s homey country nuance was made complete with multitudes of horses neighing and galloping about while we played. Or should I say – had our collective asses handed to ourselves!

Yes, we proceeded to lose 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16 to a… wait for it… younger, stronger, faster team of recently transplanted Aussies. Oi Oi Oi!!!

Hmmm… if only someone would have known… that we were going to be in over our heads… hmmm. Ok, I’m done.

After a heated could’ve, would’ve, should’ve session over cocktails (yes, more alcohol – we’re old farts, not Olympians) my buddy Ian and I parted ways and planned to enter more tournaments in the coming summer months. I actually played 4 times this week for the first time in a long time in my attempt to get back into tennis shape.

Here’s hoping for some winning fuzzy balls in all of our futures! Yellow or not…



Written by REscarcega

April 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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  1. Hmmm, tennis. We’ve been thinking about playing. I’ve never played seriously, but it seems like a great beautiful weather sport to spend some time outdoors. Your pictures are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog and ‘liking’ it – you’re awesome!

    Tiffany A White

    April 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

    • Thanks for the kind words! 🙂 It’s a great sport to play and a terrific workout, too. You should give it a go… You might get hooked!

      I really enjoy your blog… Being a “TV-holic” myself, I get a kick out of your reviews and tastes. Cheers!


      April 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

  2. I rarely play tennis, but these beautiful pictures make me want to grab a racket again.

    The Good Greatsby

    May 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    • That was one of the plus sides of the day: playing at such a beautiful club… and the beers beforehand… and the mojitos afterwards…

      Thanks! And to think those pics were taken with a 2-year old flip phone. I can’t imagine what they could have looked like with my new iPhone.



      May 3, 2011 at 5:21 am

  3. You shouldn’t worry about those pre-game beer(s?)… you were just carbo loading!

    Great pictures by the way! In my opinion, there is no better color combo then the blue and green courts! Looks like a beautiful club!

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks Austin – Yep, I love the blue contrast too compared to the usual green, it’s a cool change up. I just wish we could’ve spent more time *on* the courts than off!

      Hey, yeah… carb loading! Good call… 🙂


      May 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

  4. Ha ha! I wouldn’t want that Guinness to bog you down. Good show for playing, even full of Should’ve Would’ve Could’ves. I only played tennis in HS gym class. I ended up with a bloody nose. Next time, eh?

    p.s. I fed your hamster.


    May 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

    • Thanks. Yeah, we had a blast… It was fun to get back out there. And to echo my buddy Austin above – I was merely carb loading before the match. That’s what us Champions do! (burp) 🙂

      Bloody nose?! Ouch! Not a good introduction at all. 😦

      Thanks for checking out my little writing world. And the little furball thanks you for the grub. It’s an extra wheel session for him!


      May 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  5. Very funny, great pictures too.
    Agree with the idea of a few Tasty Beverages prior to sporting event. In my case skiing…. but not before a cup ot two from my thermos mug of Sumatra and Baileys.

    Rachael Black

    May 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

    • Ooooo… An excellent brew choice, indeed! I need to try that.

      I’d prefer your weather to mine in the throes of sport. I’m in the minority in the appreciation of sunny So Cal. Hmmm… snow tennis? Racket in hand and feet?! I think we have something here… 🙂

      Thanks for the visit and kind words!


      May 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

  6. Just added you to my blogroll. Couldn’t help myself.

    Rachael Black

    May 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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