TAMPA — Jimmy “DiCe” DiCesares had a Florida Gators game to get to, so the tennis Saturday morning had to be quick.
“They already started drinking,” DiCe said at 9:03 a.m. “I’m running behind.”
That’s not all the running he did. DiCe, in his USTA debut, made a number of dandy shots while chasing balls from corner to corner, and better yet he led the way in a swift 6-1, 6-1 victory that took about 50 minutes and helped the defending 6.5 champion Green Machine to a 3-0 sweep of Tampa Palms.
“Did I plan on doing that much running? No, no I did not,” said DiCe afterwards. “Did I expect my 3.5 partner to pull a little more of his weight? Yes, yes I did. The difference between Cotey’s lack of effort and how long it took us to win is probably at least two beers. I think I can make that up while driving to Gainesville.”
At No. 2, Erik Hajek and Scott Jankes posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory. And at No. 3, Bobby Schmidt and Gorgeous Georges Kaufman provided the only drama of the day in their victory.
Gorgeous and Schmidt led 5-2 in the first set before squandering the lead and losing 7-5, but took a 5-1 lead in the second and held on. After letting a 7-3 lead almost slip away in the third-set tiebreaker, the vets held on for a 10-8 win to take the match.
Following their victories at lines 1 and 2, Green Machiners Cotey and Hajek, who haven’t played together since winning the club doubles championship in January, rolled into Buckhorn Springs and won the 3.5 championship at the Puppie Charity Tournament.
For their efforts, Cotey and Hajek won a set of four beer glasses, from which they plan on drinking many beers from. In fact, Cotey spent Saturday night testing each glass and it’s ability to not only hold the beer but to properly funnel the golden liquid into his mouth with the proper degree of torque and circular proliferation, multiple times.
Tom Layton and Nini Torres will play Sunday for the 4.0 mixed championship at the same tournament after winning their semifinal Saturday.