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100 Double Ten Tennis Tournament

June 25, 2011 NJ

Saturday June 25 2011
Washington Township Tennis Club
620 Pascack Rd
Township of Washington, NJ 07676-4323
(201) 666-6121

We won it! In the final Jerry and I (7.0) out played the 7.5 from the get go in a timed match. Something to talk about.

Remember its sportsmanship that count, not gamesmanship. Congratulate to my comrades and thank you. Have fun at the tennis camp.

I just got this new toy Babolat’s Roland Garros edition: it feels great and does wonder, maybe it can cook dinner and serve drink too if I explore it more.
I’ve been using the left over from my kids and then using Pumpkin’s Andy Roddick Pure Drive, which is about 11 oz. When Pumpkin first purchased, I didn’t like it due to its weight. But when I broke one of the rockets, I began to use it and began to like it.

Afterward we went to A Taste of Shanghai in Flushing, had a tasty dinner.

The exciting tournament is coming soon: Sat., June 25 at Washington Township tennis club. You will meet many old and new tennis friends on that day. 23 teams and more than 140 players will attend this big event.

The court will be open at 9:00am. The first match, advance men and senior men will begin at 9:30am.

The “100 Double Ten Tennis Tournament” will be hosted jointly by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York and New Jersey Chinese Tennis Association on Saturday, June 25th, 2011for celebrating 100 birthday of Republic of China.

The match schedules – we’re team 1 that starts at 3:30pm

The followings are the tournament information and rules:

  • Team:

Each team consists of 6 players, or 3 pairs of Doubles in the order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Doubles.
There will be 6 flights:

  1. Men’s A: USTA rating 4.0 or above
  2. Men’s B: USTA rating 3.5 or lower
  3. Advanced women : USTA rating 4.0 or above
  4. Senior men
  5. Advanced Mixed Doubles: combined rating 8.0 or above
  6. Intermediated Mixed Doubles: combined rating 7.0 or lower

Due to limited number of courts, each flight will accept a maximum of four teams.

  • Format:
  1. Under each Flight, every team will play round robin against each other.
  2. 3 matches play by the order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Double against other teams with 8- games Pro set method (first to win 8 games by two wins the match).
  3. No-Ad scoring will be used. If the game is tied at 40-40, the receiver has the choice for which side to take the serve. For mixed doubles, the server must sever to the same gender.
  4. Winning team will be decided by the total matches won. Winning two courts wins a match. If points are tied within 2 teams, then courts and games will be counted.
  • Captains responsibilities:
  1. Make sure all players are ready when called for the match.
  2. Spin a Racquet to determine who serves first prior the 5-minutes warm up.
  3. No need to change sides after games.
  4. Turned off your cell phone during match play.
  5. Leave the balls on court, and report scores to the tournament desk immediately after your match. All players (winners and losers) report scores, as accuracy is important.
  • Cost: $120 per team
  • Schedule:  To be announced
  • Award and Gift (Winner trophies will be presented by the tournament organizers and event sponsor)

The winning team in each Flight will be awarded 6 trophies.
All attending players will receive a player gift.

  • Recognition:  Sponsors: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Margaret Lam, Dr. Kenneth Chang, Dr. Andy Chang, Dr. Timothy Chang, Dr. Morris Hawn.  Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and NJCTA provide event planning and organizing.
  • Drinks and food will be provided.

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Taoranting Park 陶然亭 swimming pool

陶然亭是清代名亭,现为中国四大历史名亭之一 Taoranting is the name of the Qing Dynasty pavilion, now a China one of the four historic Pavilion.
It’s just a stone throw away from Xiaoyi‘s apartment. We went there swimming from time to time. King had his yellow bathing suit. The third time we were there, the young eager life guard or door man said,
“I think it’s enough that he should change to a proper bathing suit.”

“Oh, it’s his bathing suit.” I wasn’t thinking straight.

The young man’s face turned red. “Don’t you think I’m a hicky. .. just because you’re from USA .. ”

Actually everyone wore speedo type of swimming wears in China, like the Europeans. Only the Americans who wears large shorts to the pool.

I tried to explain to the young man but he won’t hear it at all. He thought I insulted him. To make peace, I got King a speedo.

“Mom, it’s too small .. ” and he refused to wear it.

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June 1 match

Captain Cuthbert forfeited two courts, gave ys a sweep. 10 players roster to fill five courts/8 players seemed bit stretched. Reportedly the girl who served me a bagel was on Wong’s team last season. So it isn’t in the stone that once a player played on the team s/he is bond to stay, forever. Shifting alliances do happen in the league.

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The Russians Are Coming

Few opponents I’ve had recently were Russians. I can’t describe it in words but I could feel it. They just looked the part. The girl I played last night was a Division I player who still looks like a college kid. I told her so and she was very flattered. Did I forget my 老花镜 again? I was bewildered that a young woman wants to look younger. When I was at her age, I wanted to be older!
When I was teen .. I wanted to be 18, thinking how cool
When I was 18, I couldn’t wait to be 20 ..
When I was 20, I thought 30 is it ..
When I was 30, 40 looked delicious ..
Now I’m 50, not sure I wanted to be 60 -:)
Back to tennis. The kid served me a bagel. She attended Michigan State because all the good players have gone to Uni of Michigan and the State desperately needed a decent players for its tennis team. So they import talents, as long as US still holds and cloud.

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Winning my first 3.5 doubles match

I’m doing much better as the third string: won my first 3.5 doubles match last night, 6-0, 3-6, and 1-0 (10-8). Do people tend to get complacent, or 掉以轻心 lower one’s guard after a easy first set win? I think so because my partner and I quickly found ourselves in the hole in the second set. The double faults decreased drastically and they got everything back, especially overheads. One shouldn’t treat something anything lightly during a match. My partner told me that she isn’t used to soft hitting and she began to hit softly. When we were leading 8-5 in the super tie break, there was a lob that gone long. I was at the net and called it out first. Laura was at the baseline by the ball and called it out too. However, our opponents disagreed by asking if it was indeed out and went on to say its looked on the line. I felt lousy to have to deal with this at such late crucial moment, very unfortunate. Otherwise the match was smooth. It’s my serve at 8-5 but I couldn’t close the match. 9-6 we switched.
The girl in blue top held hers. Then my partner served and was able to closed the match. We were quite an equal partners in the match. Good.
After the match on Court 10, we started to play around. First game was not even over, I got hit pretty hard by the blue top girl. She really has great serves and shots. Thank lord it’s the side of my head and neck, won’t be looking like this but no guarantee that I won’t turn into a crazy lunatic ..

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