Top Fifteen Best Moments as a Player
Here are my best moments as a player, in no particular order. It was going to be a Top Ten list, but I couldn't keep it to ten. (On Thur and Fri I plan to write about my best moments as a coach, and my worst moments as a player.) Feel free to comment with your own best moments as a player. For some reason, I get lots of reads, but few comments. Feel free to speak up! What are YOUR best moments as a player?
- Winning Open Singles, Open Doubles, Under 22, and Under 2000 at the 1980 North Carolina Open. I went in rated about 1850, though I'd been as high as 1954 before. I was playing so well before the tournament that I was incredibly nervous going in, knowing I could beat everyone there but not sure if I really could, considering the best players were rated much higher. (I won several other NC Opens, but this first one was the best.) The best players at the tournament were rated about 2100, but with rating inflation that's about 2250 in modern ratings.
- Winning the National Collegiate Doubles Championship in 1990. My partner was Christian Lillieroos. I especially remember the...