Jul 19, 2012
I want to start off with explaining the rules of World Team Tennis for a second. It is pretty simple once you get the hang of it, but it is an adjustment for sure. The match consists of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Each event plays a set up to 5 with a 9-point tiebreaker at 4-4. It is all no-ad scoring. So there is no room for error and you have to be ready to go from the first hit of the ball. The home team coach chooses the order of play an hour prior to start time. You keep the team score by total of games won. If the trailing team wins the last event then it goes into overtime. Overtime goes until the leading team wins one game or until the trailing team ties the score and then there is a tiebreaker to decide it all. Also we play lets in WTT. So it forces you to stay on your toes at all times. It is high-paced action. That about sums it up the rules. Time to move on the updates.
So the first week of WTT was pure madness. We played seven of the first eight days with four away matches. It was a lot of travel and not a whole lot of sleep. The main problem is that we play at 7pm and we finish around 10pm on average. By the time the match is over I am so pumped full of adrenaline that sleep isn't even an option. So the sleeping schedule is all twisted up. I pretty much sleep at any opportunity I get during the day to try and make up for the lack of sleep at night. Amir Weintraub and I got caught in the act at the airport in Atlanta a couple of days ago (pictured below). I always fully appreciate the chairs with no armrests. I think that the picture kind of sums up our fatigue levels for the last week. Also on a side note I have to mention that the bag next to my head belongs to a man and that man being the Lasers team coach JL De Jager. It is pretty cute I think. He wears it well.
Our team record is 1-6 at the moment. We got our first win Monday night against the Orange County Breakers. So I just figure we are on a one match win streak. We had 3 match points against the Kansas City Explorers last week (venue pictured below). That was a rough one to lose. We were up 16-10 going into the last match and Amir and I lost 6 straight games and a tiebreaker to lose the match. I am still unsure as to how exactly it happened. It is all a blur. I am choosing to completely forget about it now though. We are moving on. Tonight we are going up against the Sacramento Capitals at 7pm here in Springfield. Sacramento is leading our division so it would be a good one to take. Sam Querrey is their singles guy so it should be an entertaining match. I am looking forward to it.
Well I hope to have more exciting information for you guys in the next post. I am pretty busy with everything going on so bear with me on the lack of posts. It is time to go hit some balls and get ready for match time. Thanks for reading along. Be blessed.
All the best,