The Olympic Ladder!

Greetings Summer Ladder Players!

It is mid-July and things continue to heat up, in between various storms, both environmental and emotional…

The Olympics are right around the corner and it makes me wonder…who will stand tallest on our ladder ‘podium’ at the end of summer? Will it be Mr. Grosdidier who remains at the top spot DESPITE my attempts to dethrone him TWICE. Today I did take a set so…careful John. It can be a bit wobbly at the top…(John happens to be new to tennis4all and a swell guy. Damn it.)

Some other movers up the ladder include Mr. Cunha who now appears at #8 and also Mr. Krasikov who has reached #4. Maybe we should all watch our backs? Great playing guys!

Mr García continues to keep a healthy distance on the ‘Points ladder’ with a whopping 60 points with Mr. Cunha in second at 31. Great job getting out there and playing so much, guys! Seriously.

Plenty of time to play. For things to change. For players to rise and fall…

Keep sending in your match reports. Make sure to include who challenged who. And always let me know if I make a mistake. As my 8 year old son Max can attest, it happens.

A lot.

Cheers, summer Olympians!

-Ladder Long Legs Lockwood

The Ladder Turns 40!

With the addition this evening of Sean Singer, I am pleased to announce that the 2021 Summer Challenge Ladder is 40 tennis humans strong!

Please continue to let friends know they are still welcome to join the ladder. Let’s go for 50!

Some close matches of late, with special mention to Sam and Janfevric who went to a super tie-breaker where Sam came out on top. Nice match, guys!

Raúl García continues to astound with a whopping 48 points for matches played mixed in with victories. How high will Raúl go? Only time will tell….

John Grosdidier sits atop the ladder at present, with yours truly a recent arrival right under him.

I see you John…and I will see you on the court the first week in July!

Wimbledon is here. I guess it’s pretty important. But the Summer Challenge Ladder is where it’s at.

If you ask me

-Longlegs

 

Heat and Movement on the Ladder!

The Summer Challenge Ladder is heating up!

Some horribly hot weather mixed in with some delicious conditions.

All kind of movement happening on the ladder, from the bottom to the top

Special kudos to Raul Garcia who is Dominating on the Points ladder by virtue of his playing TONS of matches! Well done Raul!

I have been notified by some lovely ladder lad that the MIT courts are still UN-available so…don’t play there.

I hadn’t thought of it but if you know of any other UN-available courts, feel free to let me know AND also if you know of any courts that maybe others SHOULD know about, feel free to share that info with me too and I will spread the word here in blog land.

Have a fantastic week. Forecast is favorable. And of course, congrats to Barbora and Novak. And she won the doubles title too?! What an incredible two weeks for her. And Novak just simply does not break, even as his body bends in positions I don’t really understand. Just stunning.

On to the grass season!

-Long legs

Week One Ladder Highlights and Updates!

Greetings! As they get underway in Paris this weekend, the rains have prevailed here in Massachusetts.

However, earlier in the week there was some action on the Summer Challenge Ladder.

John Grosdidiér makes an impressive jump to the #2 spot. Well done John!

Joe Eklund managed to play twice last week and so leads on the Points ladder with 6 total points. Nice, Joe!

Please review the ‘Scoring Rules’ section as we have added some new pre-match possibilities to be discussed between you and your partner.

I’m pleased to report we have 37 members on the Summer Challenge ladder at present. Please let any interested friends know that they can join any time this summer. The more the merrier!

I just checked with my sources on the tennis weather radar and things look better for this week. See you out there!

-The Ladder Master….

 

The Climax of the Summer Challenge Ladder 2020

Good evening all. It is I, your Longlegged Commissioner. It is the last Sunday of the Summer Challenge Ladder. The extension is over. While they begin to battle it out on the clay of Roland Garros, we wrap things up here at home. Please report any scores from today or the weekend by tomorrow night (Monday)

I will wait a bit to announce Prizes but I do have a favor to ask in regards to one of them, the prize for who took the biggest leap up on the ladder from beginning of summer to the end. I took a screen shot of folks that signed up initially, but did NOT do a good job (at all) of noting where folks were dropped in after the initial ladder went up. So, if you are on this list, you are all set and I will be looking at your various Leaps. If you are NOT on this list and you have a good idea of what number you might have been dropped in (I am going to trust in your good sportsmanship and recognize that you might have to guess, that’s ok!) then please email me that information so I can consider you. If you know that there’s no way you jumped up enough to be considered, then yeah, you don’t have to. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who wishes to be considered for this by Tuesday night this week. I apologize for not taking notes on this, I have learned my lesson and will come up with a better system for next summer, I promise. People I have: Armin, Steve M, Barbara, Gino, Dan E, Conall, Conor, C.Wood, Ralph, Edgardo, Roman, Kyle, Brian B, Steve S, VIncent, Sunil, Daveth, Sam, Chris joy, Raul, Rachel, Mary, Robert K, Victor, Mike F, David George

Thanks again All. I will send out one more Blog at the end of the week with Prize Announcements in All Categories!

Participation has been Stellar this Summer, thanks for joining us on the Ladder 2020! I’ve enjoyed reading you and meeting many of you on various courts of honor.

-Longlegs

 

Final Week Approacheth!

While the Italian Open heats up in Roma….the ladder is winding down here in Boston!

 

 

 

 

While the Italian Open heats up in Roma…the Summer Challenge Ladder is coming to an exciting close here in Boston! Remember that Sunday the 27th is the last day that matches can take place on.

With one week-ish to go, there is a new leader on top of the ladder. His name is Alex Vena.

Can he stay there? Will there be a final challenge by someone below? Rafa?

Alex has also surpassed the 100 points mark, far ahead of the rest of the pack. Well done Alex!

HOWEVER, there are prizes given out for the top TWO on the points ladder so Scott, Conall and Victor will have to work that out this last week…very few points separate those 3.

The participation has been inspired this year everyone. Let’s go out strong this week.

-Longlegs

 

 

 

 

 

 

September Ladder Extension Unfurls!

Hello Tennis Friends.

Our first match in September was played today, won by Kyle Poyar. Well done Kyle.

And as September and the end of the ladder looming, several questions arise…Will anyone catch Alex Vena on the points ladder? Will anyone catch Dan Ehrlich on the standings ladder? Who has made the biggest jump from the start of the summer to now? Only September knows and she’s not telling yet…

Remember that Sunday the 27th is the last day for official challenges. Challenge away until then!

Also a reminder that following safety protocols, the new rule this summer is that BOTH players should bring a fresh can of tennis balls for the match. Please re-read the rules on that if you need to refresh.

Cheers out there!

-Commish LongLegs

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The Future is Ice

Hello out there!

We are all gearing up for the US Open. Vika is back! Vena has 80 points. Djokovich pulls out the win even when not playing his best. Ehrlich continues to hold at #1. And…I’m done. Yes, its a sad day for your long legged Commissioner. I shall continue to receive and update all scores of course but I am officially withdrawing from the US Open AND our Summer Challenge Ladder. My left knee tendon(s) continue to…hurt. I am planning on playing in the indoor singles league coming soon and I feel if I want any chance of being competitive in that, I must truly rest and Ice. Sorry to all my fans who were already planning on attending my upcoming matches. I hope to be back next season.  A special thank you to Conall O’Cleirigh who took me down in three season-ending sets a few days ago. The man is merciless on the court, but I must say he makes some delicious soup.

Elsewhere, some incredible tennis scores out there this last week-ish. Mike Freeman and Scott Enos had an epic battle which Freeman survived, taking the last two sets in tie breakers!  Roman Krasikov also defeated Cliff Chuang in an 11-9 third set super tie breaker for the ages!

Remember we extend to the end of September so there is still a lot of time to do some damage out there.

Challenge away! Be well.

I will be sitting by the computer, ice on my knee…quietly sobbing…waiting for your scores.

Doug

 

August Ladder is Heating Up!

Hey out there on the Summer Challenge Ladder Tour!

A little gray this weekend made for some good tennis weather. Did you play?

Wanted to welcome some new members to the ladder…in recent weeks we have been joined by Jeff Stohlberg, Eric Sprotsky, Andrew Orr-Skirvin and, lets not forget the return of Roman Krasikov! Our ladder is 37 members strong now thanks to your presence. Thanks for joining!

On that note, please let anyone you think might be interested know that there they can still join. We are going to the end of September and there is a lot of tennis to be played. 10 bucks! Damn it.

Mr Ehrlich continues to hold on to the top rung, well done to the man who retrieves EVERY BALL EVER (not bitter)

Some impressive wins in the last week-ish by Daveth Cheth and Gino Galutera. Come on!

Also a special shout out to Alex Vena who is the first player to break 60 points on the points ladder, at 61. Victor Hart is right there under your feet, and I look forward to seeing that see-saw the rest of the way! Or will Scott Enos sneak up on them both? Anything could happen! Its wacky over on the points ladder!

Have a great week all!

Icing my left knee constantly,

Commissioner LongLegs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Sheriff and The Sting of a Nasty Hornet

Ladies and Gentleman of the Ladder, as the vanquished #1 player Steve Menichetti himself reported to me in these very words, I have news to share…’There is a New Sheriff in Town’… and his name… is Conor McCormack. He usurped Menichetti 6-4, 6-4 this evening. Well done, Conor!

I would also like to add that a few days earlier Mr McCormack also defeated me in ANOTHER F’ING TIE BREAKER LOSS in the first set (we will not discuss the second set…) But I’m not bitter. Losing tiebreakers can only make me stronger. Ok, I’m a little bitter.

It must also be reported that Mr Conall O’Cleirigh Buzzed up into the #4 position on the ladder after what sounds like a national geographic NIGHTMARE of a match. Onlookers report that Mr O’Cleirigh was chased mid-match by a SWARM of hornets, three of whom managed to sting him (location, unknown) and that it was only the bravery of his opponent, Gino Galutera, that saved Conall from further stings…Gino somehow managed to ‘shoo’ the swarm away. Next, a visibly distraught O’Cleirigh not only recovered but went on to put the biggest ‘sting’ on his opponent, defeating Gino and taking over his spot on the ladder! I only wish there was video of all of this, frankly.

Victor Hart is joined on the top rung of the Points ladder by Alex Vena this week: well done to both of you!

Pretty good weather thru the weekend. Stay hydrated. Stay 6 feet apart. Play tennis!

-Commissioner Longlegs