We were able to join the Manhattan 2011 mixed doubles league at last second only because a team was problematic and had to drop out. The three clubs we’ll be playing are all out side of the city limit (not the wall tho .. like those medieval cities with thick walls .. )
Randall’s Island Tennis
Westside Tennis Club
Roosevelt Island Racquet ClubVery third world mentality..
Parking won’t be an issue. Last year in Queens, we played at Westside Tennis Club few times and the match fee was $27 for two hours. However, this year, the Manhattan league’s match fee at the same club is $30 but only for 1.5 hours. I don’t know how the math works here (I don’t know how the league negotiates with all the clubs either..). The city slickers are different from you and me – “the very rich are different from you and me,” said F. Scott Fitzgerald. It reminds of my travel in Egypt, the locals instantly jack up the price whenever they saw an foreigner. China was indeed like that too. .. Ok, probably other clubs cost more.
Kai and I lost the first doubles, 6:4, 6:4. #2 Doubles Team came from behind in the super tie break to win that court 6-3, 3-6, 1-0. #3 doubles was a timed match 7-6 and 2-3: our pair was up a break (not on serve). So we split the point. The oppenont was the home team so they get the win.
The warm up takes 15 minutes and there is this 5-minute rule, so the actual playing time is only 1:10. I’d say we’ll be seeing a lot of timed matches in this league. Winning the first set becomes paramount.
Since there are many timed matches in Manh league due to 1.5 hr limit, when opponents won the first set then starting to procrastinating … … like conferring on every single point with their backs to the net, either on their own serve or on ours – beyond the reasonable time: not good faith sportsmanship but indeed it happens all the time. The coordinator recommends that the players remind the other team that there is only 20 seconds allowed between points. (page 4 of the rules document).
Maybe wear a watch with the second arm .. and use it as a watch, not as a bracelet?