Green Machine is on the board!

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 5.58.04 PMThe Green Machine Mixed 7 squad out of Hunter’s Green entered Sunday’s match looking a lot like Rudy Paul’s right shoulder.

Sore, hurt, old, creaky and held together by the tape of a thousand tears.

But still potent.

After equaling last year’s loss total in their season opener, the GM7 dug deep Sunday at Arbor Green, doling out an old school trouncing with a 3-0 victory and maybe gaining some of its swagger back in the process.

Paul and his taped up shoulder and Marisa Martin rolled at No. 1 doubles, winning 6-1, 6-1. The two worked well together, often talking to each other during points. It was 4-1 in the first set when Rudy complimented Marisa on a nice shot.

“Great forehand, Marisa. Perfect form, placed it perfectly,” Rudy said.

“Thanks Rudy, but they got it and it’s coming right back atcha,” Marisa replied.

“Oh thanks, Marisa. Let me his a backhand here – oomph! — and anyway, great weather we’re having today,” Rudy said. “So humid. It’s crazy hot. I hope you are hydrated.”

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 5.53.26 PM“Thanks for the reminder, Rudy,” Marisa said. “I enjoyed a nice breakfast this morning of eggs and bacon with some orange juice, but sometimes the citrus in the O.J. gives me some acid issues, so some more water would certainly help alleviate that. Terrific suggestion, Rudy!”

“No problem,” Rudy replied. “Hey, look out for that deep ball!”

“Got it!,” Marisa said. “Wow, close one, thought it was going to catch me backing up. Reminds me of that time I hit a fadeaway jumper to beat Jacksonville Raines my senior year. Totally stepped back and almost out of bounds before — RUDY!!!! LOOK OUT!!! DROP SHOT oh you got it….good job! — I swished it home for the game-winner!”

“Sounds like a great game,” Rudy said. “Now put this forehand away little lady, I need to quickly perform orthoscopic surgery on my left knee because I twisted something going for that last drop shot.”

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Cherie practices her one-hand backhand just for kicks.


“Sure thing, pardner!,” said Marisa, as she smashed an inside-out forehand for the point.

At line 2, captain John Cotey and Cherie Smith we’re smoking hot in the early going, taking the first seven games of the match.

Then on a change over at 6-0, 1-0, they started a conversation about how awesome they were and how they might just use the rest of the match to “work on things.”

The duo proceeded to lose 4 of the next 5 games before getting back into gear and finishing off a 6-0, 6-4 win.

And in the longest match of the day, Erik “Big Bear” Hajek, who is used to swimming upstream when he hunts delicious salmon but not used to it on the tennis court at all, teamed up with Sharon Patterson for a hard-fought 7-6, 6-2 win.

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If that tennis ball was a salmon, I would eat it. Because I am Big Bear. But because it is a tennis ball, I shall strike it with great force over the net.

Playing against a pair of wily opponents, the lob game was in full effect as Hajek and Patterson had to reach deep to outlast the Arbor Greene squad.

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The victory evens the GM7’s record at 1-1, and helps them avoid what could have been a devastating 0-2 starts as BSAC (now 3-0 after another 3-0 victory today) continues to add players weekly to its roster in the hopes of unseating the defending champs.

Cotey said he loves him team, and would not be adding more players. “Well, unless they are totally better than the players I have. I mean, then I have to add them, right? But for now, I’m gonna dance with the lady that I brung, and I’m not talking about John Slatniske. Okay, maybe I am talking about Slatniske.”

No match next week for the GM7, as it is Father’s Day. Their next match will be June 26 against hated and despised inter-club arch-rival The Fighting Nikki Spirakises.

Cotey confirmed that he has already ordered extra security for the match.






About johncotey

John was a sportswriter and columnist for the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay Times for 25 years, before being pushed from the Titantic, and hopes all of you non-subscribers are happy reading your free news on the internets while his journalism brethren suffer. Not that he's not bitter or anything. His real true joys, however, are his wife, kids and tennis, though not necessarily in that order. Unless his wife is reading this. Then DEFINITELY in that order.
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