For the Mobile Icy Hot I had a doubles partner all lined up.
Not my usual doubles partner, though.

2 days before the tournament, the director sent a text saying my partner had pulled out.

About 15 minutes later we got another text, saying there was another player without a partner.

Luke Wolf.

We got paired together.

We know each other, but haven’t played together before.

First match was tough, but we started slow 1-4, but played solid and hung in there, won 6-4.
Second match was against the 4 seeds, sent them packing 6-3.
Third match was against the 5 seeds, again we won 6-3.

Our winning streak stopped there losing to the 2 seeds 6-4.
We played for 3rd place and lost that, also, but not before going to deuce 10 times in the final game…6-3.
It was a good run. I’m OK with 4th, but feel like we should have been in the finals.

You might notice we are forcing our smiles.