Your BKB warriors were victorious in the young season's first match played at Chamisal against the rascals from Rio del Mar. It was a close and exciting contest, as usual. Our opposition will be one of the stronger teams this season.
#1 Singles Tony Lorenzi prevailed 6-3, 6-2. As usual, he covered the court like a madman running the opposition ragged and leaving the defeated player gasping for breath. Tony, however, hardly broke a sweat.
#2 Singles Herb (don't call me 'Erb) Rubenstein, in fact, didn't come close to breaking a sweat other than in his warm-up - he had a game time Rio default announced. The likely overmatched opponent probably got wind of Herb's assignment, perhaps through British wiretapping of our phones, and bailed out from sheer fear. A 6-0, 6-0 win for Herb and the team.
#1 Doubles Dieter Seitz and Mike (Mad Dog) Maurutto delivered the tease match of the afternoon 6-3, 1-6, 1-0. They won the first set, collapsed in the second set and then rallied to win the third set major tiebreaker.
#2 Doubles Gentleman Greg Knowles and Tom ("no I did not prostitute my body for the cheap tickets to Hamilton) Perlman fought valiantly but ultimately succumbed to the blindly lucky play of the Rio bad boys.
#3 Doubles Skip Johnson and Steve Schumann also fought the good fight, nearly taking the first set to a tiebreaker and then losing the second. Skip, again, proved he is one of the best players on the team with his power play, full court coverage, and racket control. Steve, on the other hand, should stick to writing the Court Reports, at least from this match.
Nevertheless, we prevailed and are in first place in the Monterey Bay League by a narrow margin over Monterey Tennis Center.
Interestingly, virtually all of the BKB behaved themselves the entire match. Mad Dog Maurutto left his clothes on most of the time and no one complained about the officiating (since there was none). Dieter played in spite of some sort of painful intestinal or other condition (or else he was trying to rip the metal bar out of the concrete - see the fourth photo below). Unfortunately, when everyone behaves it leaves the Court Report author to fabricate some sort of interesting fake news, or maybe alternate facts. Who knows? In any event, I resisted the temptation this time.
Thanks to the Berm Bums for always faithful attendance, Ed and his team for the usual superior culinary offering and particularly Lori as the backup photographer.