Coming back from surgery in victorious fashion
This past weekend, Cindy Walsh played in the USTA adult level tournament at 3.5 in The Woodlands. She was the No. 2 seed in the tournament and was playing for the first time since having Lasik surgery two weeks ago.
As her coach, we were hoping for the best, and we got it.
She won the tournament.
Her Saturday semifinal match got interesting as she split sets with a player that was 12 years her junior.
However, Cindy endured and eventually wore down her opponent to close out the third set, 6-2.
Sunday's final was delayed for two and a half hours due to rain, but when Cindy and her opponent finally got on the court, it was hot and steamy.
She played the woman who had beaten the No. 1 seed, Ginger Watkins, who is also from Victoria.
Cindy won the final going away, 6-0, 6-1.
Congratulations to both ladies for surviving the heat.
Meanwhile, in the juniors, Zach Herrera competed in Marble Falls this weekend, finishing second in a round robin draw. He finished 2-1 at the tournament.
Herrera is a Championship level player now with 34 points, trying to acquire the 65 points to make it to the highest level, Super Championship.
He continues to improve and should make it to Supers in the next two tournaments.
This weekend, Collin Hartman and Cheyenne Stewart are traveling to Georgetown to compete in the August USTA ZAT tournament.
Hart has 40 points toward making the Championship level. He is seeded third in this weekend's tournament.
We wish them luck.
Roger Federer is experimenting with a new Wilson prototype racket.
This would be no big news except for the fact that he's Roger Federer.
He has more Grand Slams than anyone in history, and at age 32, he still wants to win.
After losing at Wimbledon earlier this month, he decided it was time. Federer lost in Hamburg last week but said he was happy with the rackets he was trying.
Pete Sampras tried to change rackets later in his career, trying experimental and prototypes, but could not switch from the original Wilson Pro Staff.
Jimmy Connors introduced that racket in 1983, after switching from the original T-2000 that he also introduced back in the early 1970s.
Some of us older aficionados remember those rackets.
It is always difficult changing rackets after you have been using a particular racket for many years. Some professionals do not even like changing strings when they have been comfortable with a certain string or blend of strings for so long.
A blend of strings is called a hybrid, where you use one kind of string for the mains, and another kind of string for the crosses.
Usually, it's done to give the durability and feel that one desires.
The mains usually get the durable strings, while the crosses get the more comfortable strings that provide the feel.
We have had a pretty nice summer this year.
We have had some hot weeks, but for the most part, it has been tolerable compared to the last few years.
Believe me, most teaching instructors still go through three shirts a day, but at the end of it all, we get it done.
Philip Perez is assistant tennis pro at Victoria Country Club. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.