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Blog: US Open Playoffs-Florida Tennis Tournament -- Day -1

May 25, 2012 11:07 AM
USTA Florida staffer Rick Vach blogs from the 2012 US Open Playoffs-Florida, starting May 26 at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

This is Donn Davis, former USTA Florida president and the lone USTA Florida Board of Directors member to ever compete in the US Open Playoffs-Florida, dressed as a referee. He didn't dress as a referee when he played the event, or sit in referee-upholstered chairs, but just posting this photo to remind everyone that Donn is the man and a wonderful USTA Florida volunteer.
Thursday, May 25, 2012

It's the day before the tournament and I'm packing my bags to head down to Clearwater from North Florida.

The US Open Playoffs is open to anyone 14 years old and up -- so naturally I've drawn a 14 year old in the first round. A 14 year old who plays a lot of junior competitive tournaments, according to TennisLink. That's not good. For me. I'm more than three times this kids age. And probably three times fatter.

So respect your elders! I'm talking to you, Michael Marinskiy of Tampa. Take it easy on me.

At least the draw isn't co-ed, and I don't have to play the 14-year-old from Brazil who trains at Bollettieri's and is the No. 2 seed in the women's draw. Not only could I not beat-up on a girl, being such a gentleman (that's my excuse), but literally, from seeing a video of her strokes, I wouldn't have a choice as I would get beat-up by that girl, and badly.

If you haven't seen the draw breakdown for the men's, women's and mixed draws this weekend, click here. As every year it's a fascinating mix of adult league players, juniors, seniors, tournament players, weekend hackers, former pros, all looking for advance to the national tournament and a chance at a US Open wildcard, or just playing for the fun of saying they participated in a US Open qualifier.

Here is a great story that epitomizes the US Open Playoffs -- we're looking forward to a great tournament in Clearwater starting tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., tune in to www.ustaflorida.com for updates throughout the weekend.






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