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Fall Tennis Has Begun!

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Last night was my first match of the Fall Season in Ultimate Tennis. Ultimate Tennis (also known as the K-Swiss league) is a flex tennis league where you are your own team. Match schedules are posted and you have an entire week to get your match in. This is a great way for busy people who can’t commit to a fixed time every week (usually Saturday or Sunday) to play a match on a team like ALTA or USTA.

This is my second season playing singles in that league, after taking 20 years off from playing tennis competitively. I’m starting this season about 6 pounds lighter than I finished the last, and I have been practicing pretty consistently with a group doing drills weekly.

Last night’s match felt good all around. My first serve percentage was high in the first set. It fell some in the second set, but I started going for bigger serves then and winning points off my serve. My backhand was in pretty good shape, although it was weaker than my forehand. I mixed it up occasionally and threw in a slice backhand instead of topspin whenever I felt out of position or just needed a mental reset on the point. My opponent played well. We broke each other a few times through the night, and had a few of his service games play on for decades of deuces. In the end, I came out on top 6-4, 7-5.

Overall I’m feeling really good about my game, especially since it was only mid-May of this year when I decided to come off the bench and play. I had to get my groundstrokes, serve and net play all back in line – not to mention my racket was OLD and desperately needed upgrading. I’m really looking forward to playing Doubles in this league starting in mid October with my buddy Jason. We played a LOT back in the day, and I have a feeling we are going to have a blast!

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