Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tennis Doubles Ladder - my all-time high!

I play in the men's tennis ladder on Saturday mornings at San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club.  Since I didn't start playing the game until after my fiftieth birthday, my skills are never going to threaten Roger Federer.  And after two back surgeries, it's something of a miracle that I can play at all.  But I do OK, some aches and pains but no use complaining.

There are more than 110 players on this ladder.  Each week, my position changes depending upon how I perform on the assigned court.  Four weeks ago that ranking had moved up into the 50's for the first time ever.  Then on August 11th, thanks to a perfect storm of better-players' absences and half-decent play by me, I jumped nine rungs up to #49!

There is a noticeable advancement in the level of play as you climb the ladder.  For the last two weeks my Saturday play has been nervous and uneven.  Right now I'm happily guarding Rung #54.

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