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  • 3/6/2010 - winner: Micha

 12 show up for Match tough and the winner was.....

BRICKELL TENNIS DISTRACTED OUR PLAYERS BUT RUMOR HAS IT THAT FABIO WAS THE SINGLES CHAMP THERE AFTER A 3 HOUR BATTLE.
 
MEANWHILE, AT FLAMINGO PARK, 12 PLAYERS GOT TOUGHER TO PREPARE FOR THE SONY ERICSSON KEY BISCAYNE TOURNAMENT WHICH IS JUST 2 WEEKS AWAY.
 
BOX SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE SHOULD YOU LOSE IN THE QUALIFIERS.  I STILL HAVE BOX SEATS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.
 
THE DAY STARTED AT 1PM WITH THE CONTINUATION OF THE RAIN DELAY MATCHES:
 
ALEX OVER ULY BY DEFAULT, PLAYED MIKE HUSTON IN THE FINAL WHERE ALEX CLUG WON 3-0 OVER MIKE HUSTON.
 
NO TIME WAS WASTED AND AT 2:20PM THE NEXT ROUND BEGAN.......
 
AND SO, THE QUARTERS:
 
MICHA BEAT MAX 3-0
DAVE OVER GORDON 3-0
MIKE OVER MICHAL 3-2(5)
ALEX OVER DARON 3-1
 
IN THE SEMIS:
 
MICHA OVER DAVE 3-0
ALEX OVER MIKE 3-1
 
AND THE FINALS:
 
MICHA DEFEATED ALEX 3-0.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE QUALITY PLAYERS WHO HAD THE GUTS TO COMPETE!!
 
THANKS FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT,
COACH FRANK
SEE YOU AT 2PM AT FLAMINGO THIS SATURDAY WHERE MICHA IS THE MAN TO BEAT.

 
 
 

  • 2/27/2010 - winner: Alex

 2 Sony Ericsson box tickets available for each session, day and night. Results of Saturday's match tough...

Hi Tennis nuts, 
 
back at the Flamingo Park ranch, the weather threat did not stop THE 17 COMPETITORS, until the finals and we plan on finishing the matches this Saturday before the 2 oclock games.
 
HERE'S HOW IT WENT:
 
QUARTERS:
 
Scott surprised Will, who was last week's champ, 3-0
Mike Huston beat young Nicholas 3-0
Alex over Dr. Oscar, who is putting a crown on my tooth tomorrow, 3-1
And Uly, the 3rd Lopez brother, over Larry Shinbaum, 3-1
 
Semis:
 
Mike over Scott 3-0
and Alex is serving at deuce against Uly.
 
Enjoy the photos and I'll have prices and more details re: the seats soon.
 
Hasta la vista,
Coach FF

 

 

  • 2/20/2010 - winner: Will

 Did Micha godown this past Saturday at match tough? Who did it? "Now hear this: Who did it?"

FIRST OF ALL....THANK YOU RICARDO FOR FILLING IN FOR ME AND DOING A WONDERFUL JOB.
 
AS REPORTED BY RICARDO:

 
 
Fifteen showed up for match tough: Mark Sardelis, Shelly Mittleman, Christian Witkin, Alex Clug, Horst Weizenauer, Thierry Fautre, Brian Bellizi, Matt Grosack, Scott Gifford, Tom Hastings, Will Lopez, Larry Sheinbaum, Fred Barone, Nick Barone, Micha Porat. It was a very nice sunny day, very comfortable tennis weather and the top 8 quarterfinalists were:


1. Fred (55 points)
2. Larry Shinbaum (52 points)
3. Micha Porat (52 points)
4. Horst Weizenauer (51 points)
5. Christian Witkin (49 points)
6. Alex Clug (48 points)
7. Will Lopez (48 points)
8. Scott Gifford ( 45 points) - beat Nick Barone (also 45 points) in a sudden death tiebreaker to decide #8 seed.


Quarterfinal results:


Fred (1) vs Scott (8): Scott 3-2 (7/3)
Christian (5) vs Horst (4): Christian 3-2 (8/6)Micha (3) vs Alex (6): Alex 3-1Will (7) vs Larry (2): Will 3-0
Semifinal results:
Scott (8) vs Christian (5): Christian 3-1Will (7) vs Alex (6): Will 3-0
Finals result:
Will (7) vs Christian (5): Will 3-0
Will Lopez did not drop a game once he got into the elimination phase and is the Match Tough Champion for Feb 20, 2010. CONGRATULATIONS WILL, THE NEW MAN TO BEAT! PHOTOS TO BE SENT ASAP. MEANWHILE, I WILL PERSONALLY SEE YOU ALL ON SATURDAY AT 2PM, SAME GREAT PLACE, FLAMINGO PK. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE BOX SEATS FOR THE MARCH SONY ERICSSON, I WILL HAVE 2 SEATS FOR EACH DAY AND NIGHT SESSION.  MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW. CIAO,FUN COACH FRANK

 

 

  • 2/13/2010 - winner: Micha

 Can anyone beat Micha; 17 fought including Jayson, Ismael, Fabio, Alex, Fred, however......

Great weather for tennis.
 
And the qterfinalists Were:
 
Ismael over Brian 3-1
Micha over Jayson 3-1
Alex Clug over David Wilson 3-1
Fred Barone over Marina, a new mom with a 7 month old baby watching her, 3-0
 
Semis:
 
Micha over Ismael 3-0
Alex over Fred 3-1
 
Final:
 
MICHA over Alex 3-1
 
Well done to all.
See you next Saturday at 2pm.
 
Coach Frank

 
 

  • 2/6/2010 - winner: Micha

 Another group of 19 battle it out in the wind, thus getting TOUGHER. Saturday's winner was.....

Hi:
 
Unfortunately I do not have the sheet with all of the accurate scores but I will send them when I get them.
 
Bottom line is that Micha beat Mike Huston in a thriller from Flamilla, 3-2(5).
 
Lots of great tennis.
 
See you all Saturday at 2pm at Flamingo Park.
 
Thanks for the support,
 
Coach Frank

 

 

 

  • 1/30/2010 - winner: Howard

 I told you they were coming: 19 got tougher at match tough last Saturday and the winner was.....

ANOTHER GREAT GROUP SHOWED UP: FROM A MARYLAND RINGER TO FABIO, TO BILLY BEAN, TO DARON, TO LARRY WITH ALL OF HIS TRICKS, ISMAEL, MICHA, NO JAYSON, TO FRED AND NICHOLAS, GREG FROM DC, NO BEN, ETC.
 
LOTS OF FUN ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND THERE IS ROOM FOR YOU THIS SATURDAY AT 2PM----WE HAVE PLENTY OF WELL GROOMED COURTS SO COME ON DOWN.
 
AND THE QUARTERFINALISTS WERE:
 
ISMAEL OVER KEN 3-0
MICHA OVER GREG K 3-2(1)
HOWARD FROM MARYLAND OVER LARRY 3-1
FABIO OVER ALEX C. 3-2(4)
 
THE SEMIS:
 
MICHA OVER ISMAEL 3-0
HOWARD OVER FABIO 3-2(4)
 
AND IN THE FINAL IT WAS HOWARD OVER MICHA 3-1
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL
FUN COACH FRANK

 

  • 1/16/2010 - winner: Ismael

 13 warriors show up for match tough including Fabio, Jayson, Micha, Canadian Dave, Fred, Randall--but all went down to.....

January 16th, the first match tough of 2010 had a baker's dozen playing.  Welcome back Fabio who is recovering from surgery.
 
It's Australian Open time.  I got excited this morning when I noticed that he has the same sponsor as us:  Solfire--he was wearing their shirt.

 
This Saturday is supposed to be perfect weather so join us and get fitter, tougher, and more zenlike.
 
AND SO THE QUARTERFINALISTS WERE:
 
Randall over Juan 3-0
Marco over Jayson 3-0
Micha over Fabio 3-1
Ismael over Oscar 3-0
 
Semis:
 
Randall over Marco 3-2(4)
Ismael over Micha 3-1
 
AND THE WINNER WAS:  ISMAEL OVER RANDALL 3-1.  Congratulations Ismael!!
 
SEE YOU ALL IN 2 DAYS, SATURDAY AT 2PM.  JOIN THE GANG AND HAVE SOME LAUGHS.
 
COACH FRANK SAYS "GOODNIGHT"
HASTA SABADO

 

 

  • 12/19/2009 - winner: Micha

 What a way to end the year- with a tiebreak, another baby born, another match tough champion ending 2009

FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS TO MATT AND ERICA BAINE AND KEANU BORN ON 11/21 WITH A WATCH ON HIS WRIST.
MATT PLAYED WELL TODAY AFTER HIS PATERNITY LEAVE OF ABSENCE.
 
SECONDLY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.  IF I GET TIME I'M GOING TO COMPILE A COLLECTION OF OUR YEAR'S PHOTOS OF MATCH TOUGH
SATURDAYS.  I'LL PUT IT ON KODAK GALLERY SO THAT I DON'T EAT UP YOUR MEMORY.
 
ANOTHER RINGER SHOWED UP THIS WEEK, GREG KLEIN FROM WASH.DC, A GOOD FIGHTER.
 
LAST WEEK'S CHAMP, ALEX DID NOT MAKE IT TODAY, BUT JAYSON FINALLY REAPPEARED.
 
WE HAD 15 COMPETITORS AGAIN AND THESE WERE THE EIGHT QUARTERFINALISTS:
 
Greg Lloyd over Will 3-0
Greg Klein over Andy 3-0
Jayson over Ricardo 3-0
Micha over Scott 3-1
 
Semis:
Greg L over Greg K  3-2 (6)
Micha over Jayson 3-1
 
Finals:
MICHA OVER GREG 3-2 (3)
 
WHAT A GRAND FINALE TO 2009.  NO MATCH TOUGH FOR 2 WEEKS TO ENJOY OUR FAMILIES OVER THE HOLIDAYS.
 
NEXT MATCH TOUGH SATURDAY, JANUARY 9TH, 2010.
 
THANKS FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT AND GOOD CHEER.
IT'S A PLEASURE FACILITATING THE MATCHES.
 
PEACE AND GOOD FOLLOW THROUGH,
FUN COACH FRANK

 

 

 

 

  • 12/12/2009 - winner: Alex

 8 past champs of match tough face each other in the quarterfinals this past Sat. at Flamingo and the winner was.....

I told you that the weather would hold up. 15 competitors went at it and although showing up makes one a winner, one man was labelled champ again.
 
Some highlights of the competing:  Oscar Lopez destroyed another one of his racquets; two female juniors joined us: Usue and Catarina, 11 and 12 years old.  Catarina just won her first nationals championship.  These two kids have a superb attitude: instead of breaking their racquets, they smile, congratulate the person who beats them and then learn from the errors they made.  How refreshing!  By the way, I thanked our fathers who play match tough and forgot Marina, a top female who plays with us and is due any day now to have an eight pound baby.  Gonzalo, one of our quarterfinalists had a daughter about a week ago.  So many more players on the way.

 
IN the quarterfinals:
Micha beat Will, Uly beat Fred, Alex beat Ken, and Gonzalo beat Ricardo.
 
In the Semis:
 
Micha over Uly 3-1 and Aex over Gonzalo 3-0
 
And in the finals:
 
Peruvian Alex prevailed over Micha, the quick moving Israeli, 3-1.
 
CONGRATULATIONS ALEX, YOU DID IT AGAIN.

 

 

 
 

  • 11/21/2009 - winner: Micha

 13 arrive ready; 8 keep hope; 2 survive and we have a virgin Champion.....of Match Tough

FIRST OF ALL, HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND THANKS FOR SUPPORTING AN OLD COACH WITH BAD WEEKLY JOKES;  BUT WE DO HAVE FUN, DON'T WE?
 
OUT OF 13 GUYS WITH GUTS TO GET TOUGHER, 4 WERE NEW COMERS.
 
SO THE WORD IS OUT, MATCH TOUGH ON SATURDAYS AT 2PM ROCK!!
 
NEXT SATURDAY, 11/28TH, TOO MANY HOLIDAY THINGS HAPPENING,  NO MATCH TOUGH.

 
Saturday, DECEMBER 5TH, WE PLAY AGAIN AT 2PM AT FLAMINGO PARK;  BRING A GOOD HEAD AND A STRONG BODY BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES TO GO THE DISTANCE.
 
SO, THE QUARTERFINALISTS WERE:
 
Micha over Ben in a close one, 3-2 (2).  That was Ben's last match tough with us until the spring.  I'll miss the road runner.
David over Fred, lefty against lefty, 3-1
Matthew over Robert, 3-1.  Robert's first quarterfinal;  getting tougher.
Scott G. over Ricardo, 3-1.
 
Semis:
Micha over David, 3-0
Scott over Matthew 3-0
 
AND SO THE FINALISTS RECEIVED THEIR SOLFIRE COMPLIMENTARY CAPS AND:
 
MICHA prevailed in a fine match with a 3-0, good tennis match over SCOTT.
 
I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANKS TO ALL OF THE FATHERS AND THE WIVES THAT LET THEM PLAY.
THIS WEEK WE MET ANDY'S TWIN BOYS;  LAST WEEK WE MET WILL'S NEW DAUGHTER;
FRED BRINGS HIS SON, NICHOLAS; OSCAR BRINGS CASSANDRA;  MATT WHO HAS BEEN MISSING, MIGHT HAVE BECOME A FATHER BY NOW; GONZALO HAS ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY.
 
FORGETTABOUT IT.....In a few years I'll have more customers.
 
Thank God Daron isn't married yet.
 
Ciao,
Fun Coach Frank

 

 

 
 

  • 11/14/2009 - winner: Will

 16 duke it out yesterday at Match Tough and the winner was....

WHAT A DAY!  PRIZES DONATED BY SOLFIRE!  ACTION! FUN! JUBILATION! THROWN RACKETS!
 
Uly was the guy to beat but he wasn't there.  Ben was, Fred was, Andy was, Michal is out with an injury and Oscar showed up with 2 metal ally hips.
 
8 had fun for over 2 hours and 8 made it to the quarterfinals:
 
Oscar over Ruben 3-1
Will over Ben  3-0
Nicholas over David 3-2(5)
Fred over Scott 3-0
 
ANOTHER FIRST AT MATCH TOUGH:  A father and son and 2 brothers made it to the semis, so of course I split them up.
 
Nicholas, age 11, over Oscar Lopez, 3-2 (4)
Will over pop, Fred Barone, 3-0
 
And the final went to another Lopez, Will 3-1.
 
NEXT WEEK, SATURDAY, WE PLAY AT 2PM INSTEAD OF 3PM.
BACK TO THE OLD TIME OF 2PM, SEE YOU SATURDAY.
 
JAYSON WILL BE BACK, HOW ABOUT YOU?
 
COACH FRANK

 

 

 

 

  • 10/31/2009 - winner: Uly

 18 show up on Halloween M.Tough; Full moon brings on disputes and record time of play 3 to 7:30pm

The full moon was beautiful but certainly affected match tough this past Saturday.
 
17 hairy guys and one special young woman went at it.  3 disputes erupted:
 
Oscar was going to go toe to toe with Daron;  what else is new.  Check out the club that Daron was going to defend himself with---photo # 36.
 
Rafael blew his chances to the quarterfinals when he retired after a line call dispute where Michal jumped over the net to point out a ball mark.
 
And in the finals, Ben was walking off the court after Uly shouted "Are you serious about that call on my serve?"
Fortunately, Ben stayed and the finals ended up in a tiebreak, Ben's 3rd tiebreak, but his first loss at 3-2 (12-10).
A FABULOUS SEE SAW MATCH.  ULY WAS THE CHAMP.
 
In the quarters:
Fred defeated Scott 3-1, Uly def Ricardo 3-0, Alex def Michal 3-0, Ben def Ivan 3-2( 11-9)
 
Semis: 
Uly over Fred 3-0
Ben over Alex 3-2 (7-2)

 

 

  • 10/24/2009 - winner: Ben

Match tough beats the rain again. Check out the semi finalists 

GOOD COMRADERIE, GOOD GRUNTS, GOOD POINTS, AND GOOD FUN.
 
SEMI-FINALISTS:
 
BEN OVER RICARDO IN A TIEBREAK 3-2 (7-6)
 
MICHAL OVER RAFAEL IN A TIEBREAK 3-2 (7-6)
 
 
MICHAL HAD TO LEAVE AND BEN LET RAFAEL PLAY HIM IN THE FINALS.
 
THE BELGIUM SPEEDSTER DEFENDED HIS TITLE AND REIGNED AGAIN.
 
THE QUESTION IS:  WILL ANYONE SHOW UP AND BEAT BEN?
 
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK,
 
COACH FRANK

 

 

  • 10/17/2009 - winner: Ben

 11 show up and one small man stood tall at match tough this past SAturday....Good weather, great comraderie

11 fought it out and Fred Barone fought to defend his championship, but Ben (from Belgium) arrived with new weapons besides his speed.  Ben Depoorter won in a tiebreak.
 
Fred's family was there but bad Ben still beat him.  Kids were crying but Ben was relentless.
 
Jayson did not show up, nor Fabio, nor Gonzalo, nor Robson, nor Ismael, nor Uly.
 
FEAR is an awful thing.  WILL THIS GUY BEN MAKE ME LOSE ALL OF MY TOUGH MATCH TOUGHEES?
 
We will find out this Saturday at 3pm at Flamingo Park.
 
Coach Frank

 

 

 
 

  • 10/10/2009 - winner: Fred

 Fall heat doesn't stop 8 tough guys; and the winner is?......

"EIGHT GREAT" showed up to duke it out in the heat for 3 hours.
 
I was there to see some fine tennis.  Talk about being in good shape.
 
In the semis, David beat Ricardo, 3-2 (7-6)
and Fred beat Michal, 3-0.
 
In the finals, two Italians went at it:  Fred Barone ( a little French too) and David Marazana  and Fred is the man to beat next week.  Please note that due to a prior commitment, jivin' Jayson had to leave after 4 perfect rounds.
 
The bananas were unbruised as well as the egos.
 
Scott and Lee came by to serve as spectators.
 
SEE YOU NEXT SATURDAY AT 3PM.
 
"YES WE CAN"

COACH FRANK

Serving you with a Smile.

 

 

 

  • 10/3/2009 - winner: Jayson

 Fred Barone and Jayson make it to the final this past Saturday at Flamingo's Match Tough

Hello Warriors:
 
I'm back from my adventures in Mexico and I've come back with a
chant, " Viva the tough guys!"
 
Saturday at 3pm I will be at Flamingo Park in the flesh.
 
Thank you Ricardo and Daron for keeping the torch going.
 
Please read last week's results and the photo sent by Ricardo Cookson, a match tough champion and a scholar.
 
Next week:  KILL JAYSON!!!!!


Frank,


Match tough went well on Saturday. It was a nice day and not too humid. We only had six players but held it anyway. Jason, Scott, Michal, Fred, John (new), and Ricardo showed up.


The top two seeds after the 5 rounds, Fred and Jason, both got  a bye in the elimination round. Michal beat John (3-0) in the top bracket and I beat Scott (3-1) in the bottom bracket. Fred beat Michal (3-0) to earn a spot in the finals and Jason beat Ricardo (3-1) to secure the spot as the other finalist.


I beat Michal (3-0) for the 3rd place bronze medal and Jason edged Fred 3-2 in the gold medal match. Jason was especially tough in the tiebreak, which he dominated (7-0) earning him the free match tough card (but no trip to Rio de Janeiro just yet).


Hope you are having a good time in Mexico. We missed you!
Take care,

Ricardo

 

 

 

  • 9/19/2009 - winner: Uly

 8 show up, one wins AGAIN, Daron fills in for me and makes Match Tough memorable

After a couple of hours and 5 rounds this Saturday, fill-in coordinator, Daron, had to decide whether to go with quarterfinals or semifinals and apparently made the wrong decision:  semis.
 
Uly defeated Larry and Evan defeated Mical and some people were disappointed.
 
And in the finals it was ULYSSES OVER EVAN.
 
Congratulations Uly and congratulations everyone for dealing with Daron.
For the record, I did attempt to solicit 3 other players to take my place and they were either unavailable or declined to help me out.
 
I'll be in Mexico next weekend and Ricardo has accepted taking over for me.  Please help him out and I will return the next weekend.  Ricardo is kind and intelligent.
This weekend Camillus House had a graduation which I had to attend. I look forward to being back at the helm the 2nd wkd of October.
 
Remember your follow through,
Coach Frank

 

 

  • 9/12/2009 - winner: Ricardo

 

 AND THE MATCH TOUGH WINNER WAS.....

First of all, thank you Lorie for sending the photos you took.
 
We had 8 players in spite of the awful forecast of rain which did not happen.  We were lucky again.
 
Well, Jayson came and so did Ismael with a complimentary champ card.  The Lopez brothers did not make it, they were in Orlando preparing their mental game.
 
And the semi-finalists were:
 
Ricardo who took out Jayson  3-0
 
and Larry who took out Rafael in an exciting tiebreak win 3-2 (10-8).
 
 
The finals was just exciting ending in another tiebreak 3-2 ( 7-5) and the WINNER IS
 
RICARDO COOKSON OVER LARRY SHINBAUM.  This was another example of tenacity and match toughness since it was Ricardo's first but not last championship in match tough play.
 
Remember, 3pm this Saturday, at Flamingo where the courts are SUPERB.
 
And now a word from our sponsor:
 
On Friday evening at 7pm I enjoyed watching Larry Shinbaum perform at the Gordon Biersch Brewery at 1202 Brickell Ave.  He plays guitar with his " Sole de Santana" band which has a singer, congas, the whole works.  It was very enjoyable or I wouldn't recommend it.  He'll be there this Saturday after Match tough at 7pm through 11pm.
 
Next commercial:  I finally got to Dr. Oscar Lopez's dental office for a tooth cleaning and exam.  My teeth are now shining but my hemorrhoids have worsened.  Give Oscar a try at 420 Lincoln Rd, s# 215.
 
Ciao,
Coach Frank

 

 

 

  • 9/11/2009 - update 

 3PM, TOMORROW, SAT., MATCH TOUGH. LET'S BEAT JAYSON again. Will it be Will?

I missed you guys and gals so much that I road a horse to get home faster from Costa Rica.
 
START PREPARING FOR THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN NOW.
 
GET TOUGH AT FLAMINGO PARK WHERE THE COURTS HAVE BEEN RESURFACED.
 
SEE YOU TOMORROW,
 
COACH FRANK

 

 

  • 8/22/2009 - winner: Uly

 Match Tough news and photo. ATTENTION: NEXT MATCH TOUGH IS 9-12-09, SAT. AT PM

Hello Tough Guys and Gals:
 
Attached is the photo of our last Match tough on 8/22
Uly Lopez defeated Will Lopez and Uly will be the man to beat the weekend after Labor Day Wkd.
Have a good two weeks and I'll see you then.
 
Tip of the summer:  Before you serve, breathe out fully, get in the present moment, release any anger or fear or disappointment and PLAY TO HAVE FUN AND WORK OUT.  Now, that's being tough.
 
Coach Frank

 


  • 5/9/2009 - winner: Ismael

 Fabio attempts to defend his title; 12 show up in the heat to make mom proud

Saturday was another fun day at match tough.  Newcomers:  Allan and Italiano Marco helped make it that way.
Daron showed up in a muscle tank top.  Thanks to Ricardo's camera, you have the opportunity to blow up the photo of Daron and frame it.

The quarters: 
Ismael beat Mikael 3-0
Marco beat Drew 3-1
Fabio beat Daron 3-0
Conrad beat David 3-1

The semis:
Ismael beat Marco 3-0
Conrad beat Fabio 3-2 (4)

The finals classified as "David against Goliath"

ISMAEL over Conrad 3-1


Fabulous tennis, intense stamina, organized game strategy, mental calmness and a little bit of good fortune, says Coach Frank.  THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES.

SEE YOU THIS SATURDAY AND THEN MEMORIAL DAY, NO MATCH TOUGH.

 

 


  • 5/2/2009 - winner: Jayson

 10 tough guys show up and one triumphs while the Lopez's enjoy Vegas batchelor party:

10 strong players including Robson, Fabio, Jayson, Larry, David and more.

The quarterfinalists were:

Robson over Todd 3-0
Larry over Ricardo 3-0
Fabio over Jayson 3-2 (5)
Mikael over David 3-1

The semis: 

Larry over Robson 3-2 (7)
Fabio over Mikael  3-0

And the Finals:

FABIO over Larry 3-0

Congratulations to all.  It takes not only tennis skill but also stamina to last through close to three hours of tennis.

I'm the only one who doesn't break a sweat.

REMEMBER THAT IN TWO WEEKS ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THERE WILL NOT BE ANY MATCH TOUGH, HOWEVER NEXT WEEK AND THE WEEKS AFTER WE WILL RUMBLE!

SEE YOU THIS SATURDAY AT 2PM AT FLAMINO.  FABIO AND WILL ARE THE MEN TO BEAT.
 
COACH FRANK

 


  • 4/25/2009 - winner: Jayson

 Was Jayson beaten? Opponents said,"YES WE CAN!"

BELOW ARE THE RESULTS QUOTED BY THE NEW CHAMP, WILL LOPEZ.

Here is all you need to know about today -

1 – Guillermo Vilas was in attendance and watched some of the tennis

2 – Below are the results -

3 - Jason was the first seed – Will was the second seed  -

4 – Laurence had to withdraw after four matches when he threw out his back -

Quarters
Jason beat Lee 3-0
Larry beat Mike 3-1
Fred beat John 3-1
Will beat new comer Alan 3-0

Semis
Jason beat Larry 3-1
Wil beat Fred 3-1

Finals

Will beat Jason 3-1

5 – Attached are pics – I threw one in Guillermo as well -

 

 

 


  • 4/18/2009 - winner: Jayson

 15 showed up Saturday; all deserving a win; ONE MAN WENT THE FULL DISTANCE

THE MEN SHOWED UP TO DUKE IT OUT, 15 GOT TOUGHER, NOONE DIED.

WHO WAS THE WINNER?

FABIO WAS THERE;  ALEX;  AND WILL WHO WENT PERFECT FOR THE 5 ROUNDS.  MARK, A RINGER DID WELL.   LARRY SHOWED UP WITH HIS FAKE COCKAROACH.  DREW SNEAKED INTO THE QUARTERS.  AND THEN THERE WAS THE OTHER LOPEZ:  ULY WHO MADE IT TO THE FINALS AGAINST JAYSON.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS OF THE PLAYERS, THE QUARTERFINALISTS AND THE SEMIFINALISTS.

AT THIS TIME PLEASE HONOR:   JAYSON WINGFIELD WHO WANTS YOU TO TRY TO THROW HIM OFF THE MOUNTAIN THIS SATURDAY AT FLAMINGO PARK AT 2PM.

GOOD LUCK,
YOUR FUN COACH,
FRANK

 

 

 

  • 4/10/2009 - Update

 Three things:

1-Special Message below re: the capital improvement of our park
2-Tennis tip on how to hit the SWEET SPOT.  Check out the attached photo but please DO NOT TRY THIS ON YOUR OWN.
3-HAVE A WONDERFUL PASSOVER AND EASTER!


SEE YOU NEXT SATURDAY AT 2PM WITH THE REGULAR FORMAT.

Coach Frank


-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Ferrara <sobeachfrank@the-beach.net>
To: proshopfrank@aol.com
Sent: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 7:09 am
Subject: FW: ATTENTION FLAMINGO PARK RESIDENTS


From: Almagro-Johnson, Olivia [mailto:OliviaAlmagro-Johnson@miamibeachfl.gov]
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2009 4:13 PM
Subject: RE: ATTENTION FLAMINGO PARK RESIDENTS


Attention Flamingo Park Residents
 
Please join City staff at a meeting of the Finance and Citywide Projects Committee to review the Flamingo Park Draft Master Plan, which may include the following: a new tennis center, new Hydro Grid tennis courts and hard courts, with landscaped access walkways between courts, and shade kiosks. We encourage your participation at this important meeting.
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
2:30 PM
City Manager’s Large Conf. Room,
Fourth Floor, City Hall
 
Other enhancements include:
ü     New Boys and Girls Club Building
ü     New Park General Restroom Building
ü     Renovated Joe Rubin Handball Courts/New Handball Courts
ü     New Entry Feature at Main Park Entrances
ü     New Water Feature at Park’s Center
ü     Renovated Baseball Stadium
ü     Renovated Track/Field Concession Building and new track surface
ü     New Site Furnishings, Upgraded Lighting, Security & Signage
ü     Restored Historic “Lodge” Building
ü     Enhanced edge conditions, improved perimeter fences, & overall landscaping enhancements
ü     New shade trees along all pedestrian promenades
ü     New bike path on Michigan Avenue
ü     Renovate existing softball field restrooms
ü     New northern walkway from north parking lot to Meridian Avenue
ü     New community garden
ü     New smaller tennis pavilion
ü     Alternate building location for tennis pavilion
 
MIAMIBEACH
Olivia Almagro, Community Information Coordinator , M.S.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS OFFICE
1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tel: 305-673-7071 / Fax: 305-673-7073 / www.miamibeachfl.gov Direct: 305-673-7000 ext 6582 / oliviaalmagro-Johnson@miamibeachfl.gov
 
We are committed to providing excellent public service and safety to all who live, work and play in our vibrant, tropical historic community.
 
Office Location / Deliveries:
777 - 17th Street, Suite 201
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 


  • 3/28/2009 - Tug of War tournament!

 REGULAR MATCH TOUGH TOMORROW AT 2PM; photo from last week's tug of war

HAS THE SONY ERICSSON PSYCHED YOU!!

IS IT TIME FOR AN UPSET?

JOIN US AT 2PM AT FLAMINGO PARK.

PLENTY OF  ACTION, FUN AND FITNESS.

SEE YOU THERE,

COACH FRANK

 


  • 2/28/2009 - winner: Ismael

 Match tough draws 16 players on a beautiful Saturday

TOUGH, TOUGH TENNIS.  HOW TOUGH?  In 5 rounds Drew had 47 points but did not make it to the quarters.
We are PREPARING FOR THE SONY ERICSSON QUALIFIERS.  JOIN US THIS SATURDAY AT 2PM.

About this Saturday:  we had two FEMALES, both of whom made it to the quarterfinals.  Catarina, a 12 year old, is not only a fabulous player, but more importantly she has a superb court manner.  She lost in the quarters to the champion in a sudden death tiebreak 7-6.  One point and she didn't complain, whine, she was still smiling and her coach dad, Cesar, gave her a big hug and kiss.  GREAT MODELLING!

Our weekly players are toughening.  Will Lopez made it to the finals -- each week he gets closer to his goal.
Matt Baine made it to the quarters.  Ulysses Lopez made it to the semis.  Ismael Cuerva, after a knee injury is back in full force, and of course, Jayson Wingfield can only go one way since he's won so many times. 

AND THE RESULTS ARE:

Quarters:  Ismael over Catarina 3-2(6), Uly over JAYSON 3-2(4), Will over David Marzano (welcome back) 3-0, and Marina over Matt 3-0, Marina is Catarina's step-mom.

Semis:  Ismael over Uly 3-1 and Will over Marina 3-2(4)

Finals:  ISMAEL over Will.     About 12 spectators watched the finals. 

LOTS OF FUN.....COME ON DOWN   ....SATURDAY AT 2PM at FLAMINGO,
OR AT NORTH SHORE ON SUN. AT 1PM

Ciao,

Coach Frank

ps- CHECK OUT LAWRENCE WITH SON, TAJ.     I AM ALWAYS RECRUITING.  WE WILL HAVE TAJ IN 10 YEARS.

 

 

  • 2/7/2009 - winner: Jayson

18 arrive and get tougher...One feels toughest..Match Tough at Flamingo 

Another great day for tennis at Flamingo Park.  Check out the photos of those happy competitors.  Check out the sick finalists.  Here's how it went:

Round of 16:
Alex over Al, Randall over Uly, Oscar over Michael, Jayson over Diego, Daron over Fred,
Larry over Dave, Will over Chris, Ismael over Gary from Colorado.

Quarterfinals:
Alex over Randall, Jayson over Oscar with rackets flying, Larry stitches up Daron's tee shirt, Ismael, the western grip lefty over Will.

Semis:
Jayson wins 3-2(7-6) over Alex and Ismael over Larry 3-0

Finals:
Good stuff:  Jayson pulls it out again with another tiebreak win 3-2 (8-6).

Fine tennis, good fun, join us next Saturday at 2pm.

REMEMBER, IN TWO WEEKS, MEN'S SINGLES AND DOUBLES TOURNAMENT.
THAT'S FEB. 21ST AND 22ND.  SIGN UP AT THE PRO SHOP.

WOMEN'S MATCH TOUGH NEXT WEEK, YES, ON VALENTINE'S DAY.  3.0 TO 4.0,
LET'S GO!!!!   CONFIRM THAT YOU'LL BE THERE, SORRY I DIDN'T THINK OF THIS EARLIER.  IT'S ALL ABOUT PLAYING DIFFERENT PLAYERS AND ENHANCING YOUR SKILLS WITH COACH FRANK.

 

 

 

  • 1/31/2009 - winner: Fabio

 Match Tough news: New winner; FEMALE MATCH TOUGH; Flamingo tournament on Feb 21st wkd

16 players last weekend and again only one champ who plays free in two days when the weather will be excellent.

In the quarters:  Randall beat David, a 1st timer; Drew beat Diego; Gregorio beat our team dentist, Dr. Oscar;  and the Italian every ready bunny, Fabio, beat Will in a tiebreak.

Semis:  WITHOUT JAYSON WHO WENT TO THE SUPERBOWL,
Topspin Randall finished Drew's great day; and Fabio snuck in another tiebreak win at sudden death 7-6.

Randall with his own racket brought Fabio to a tiebreak.  The crowds were biting their nails, wishing that Frank was still allowed to bring cold beers.  But in the end, slicing stamina won 7-3 and FABIO reigns with the bragging rights.

WARNING:  JAYSON WILL BE BACK THIS SATURDAY, BE ADVISED!!!

NEWS:  FEMALES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A WOMEN'S LADDER WHICH WILL BE AT THE SAME TIME:  2PM ON SATURDAYS FOR WOMEN FROM 3.0TO 4.5.  FOUR ROUNDS OF 11 POINT TIEBREAK GAMES AND THEN A SEMI-FINAL AND FINAL.  SAME WAY $20., BANANAS AND A SOFT DRINK AND A COMPLIMENTARY GAME TO THE WINNER.

NEWS:  NO MATCH TOUGH IN TWO WEEKS ON THE 21ST AND THE 22ND.
A FLAMINGO PARK MEN'S SINGLES AND DOUBLES TOURNAMENT.
STARTS AT NOON ON SAT. AND 10AM ON SUNDAY.  ALL DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:  FROM SINGLES AT 2.5 TO SINGLES AT 4.5 AND AN OPEN.  SINGLES $35 AND DOUBLES $40 PER TEAM.  THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE RUN BY BLACK BELT TOM MAR AND UNCLE VIC.

TENNIS IS ABOUT HAVING FUN....JOIN US THIS SATURDAY AT 2PM AND GET TOUGH WHILE LAUGHING.

I'LL BE THERE,
COACH FRANK

 

 

 


  • 1/24/2009 - winner: Jayson

 Is there anyone out there to beat Jayson at Flamingo match tough, Sat. at 2pm

This past Saturday we competed with the Doral finals and still had 13 competitors.  There were 4 new players from Italy, and Argentina and locals.

The quarters went this way:  Conrad over Brian, Jayson over Will in a tiebreak, Larry over Drew in a tiebreak, and Randall over Diego.

In the semis:  Jayson over Conrad and Randall beat Larry.

Randall's heavy topspin was not enough to take down big JAYSON.

Congratulations to all that show up.

SEE YOU SATURDAY AT 2 PM.

Coach Frank

 


  • 1/17/2009 - winner: Jayson

 23 show up for Match Tough; 21 play; ONE REIGNS; Were you there?

What a turnout!  What good tennis!

I added an extra round of 16 where Jayson beat Roman; Larry beat Michael from NY, Emanuelle from Brooklyn beat Mark; Daron from Uranus beat Diego, a first timer; Will beat lefty Fred; Alex Clug beat Drew; Dave beat Todd; and Bill, a ringer from Hilton Head, beat Dr. Oscar.

Quarterfinals:  Jayson over Slicer/dicer Larry; Emanuelle over exhausted Daron; Will over french speaking Alex; white haired Dave over white haired Bill.


Semis;  Jayson over Emanuelle and Dave over will.

Finally the finals went to guess whom?  Jayson in a tiebreak over Dave.

GREAT TENNIS.....HOPE YOU CAN OPEN THE PHOTOS.

Coach Frank

 


  • 1/3/2009 - winner: Jayson

 2009 Match Tough starts with 16 players including Jayson, Fabio and more ringers

I've attached photos of the whole group as well as the quarterfinalists and the finalists.

Lots of good, competitive tennis.  This week's ringers were Matthew from France and Seydou who teaches at Boca Raton and unfortunately had to withdraw before we completed the finals.

In the quarterfinals:

Fabio defeated Matthew, Seydou defeated Emanuelle, Jayson took out Daron, and Will defeated Mike.

In the semis:  Emanuelle took out Fabio
and Jayson beat Will.

AND THE GRAND FINALE WENT to JAYSON 3-1 over Emanuelle who unfortunately now has headed back to Brooklyn, New York.

SO, JAYSON STILL HAS BRAGGING RIGHTS.  We get close but NO CIGAR.

2009 goal:  WIN MATCH TOUGH!

See you on Saturday at 2pm.

Thanks for the support,

Coach Frank


  • 12/20/2008 - winner: Jayson

First of all Happy Chanuka and Merry Christmas!

It seems that by hook or by crook, Jayson finds a way to win his way in the finals.

Eight were left with their 2008 resolution:  BEAT JAYSON.

Raul showed up and saw that I had a large group and decided to be a good husband and go home to be with his wife ( now that's obviously a priority problem).

Meanwhile,

Ben beat Tyler, then faced Jayson in the semis, after Jayson knocked out Daron.

Alex Clug, an old time tournament champ, was rusty but beat Will and then faced Fabio in the semis after Fabio beat Drew.

Fabio beat Alex 3-2 ( 7-4) in the semis and Jayson took Ben 3-1.

Fabio, another man with a priority problem, was a walkover, since he had to get to the airport to catch a plane.

SO JAYSON PREVAILED AGAIN.

SOMEONE OUT THERE, PLEASE SHOW UP THIS SATURDAY AT 2PM AND

BEAT JAYSON!!

Sincerely,
Fun Coach Frank

 

 

 

  • 11/22/2008 - winner: Robson

 Jayson goes down in the semi's to who?...Larry Shinbaum

Robson Capasso beat Ruben Campbell in the semis
And then beat Larry in the final.

CONGRATULATIONS ROBSON.

NO MATCH TOUGH THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND IN FLAMINGO PARK.  SEE YOU THE WEEK AFTER.

DID YOU NOTICE THE OTHER PHOTO.  YES, THAT'S ME.

I've been around a long time, playing with a new hip, arthritis in the other one.  HOW DO I SURVIVE AND STILL PLAY SO WELL?

I QUIT CROSS TRAINING AND STARTED CROSS DRESSING.  WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT'S MADE.

Well, that's today's tip and be thankful this Thanksgiving for your frank coach.

With gratitude,

Coach Frank

 

 


  • 11/15/2008 - winner: Jayson

 ANOTHER MATCH TOUGH ENDS IN A TIEBREAK!

9 SHOWED UP TO PLAY AND IT ENDED UP WITH 2 NEW YORKERS IN THE SEMIS.

GABRIEL VS. CHRIS................GABRIEL 3-0

THEN IT WAS THE SPANIARD, RUBEN VS. JAYSON .........JAYSON 3-2(2)

THE FINAL WENT TO JAYSON 3-2 (5)

GREAT TENNIS!  JOIN US THIS COOL SAT. AT FLAMINGO ....PERFECT TENNIS WEATHER

THE LADDER WILL BEGIN AFTER THANKSGIVING ......JOIN NOW.


  • 11/8/2008 - winner Frank Galvan
Last week was fabulous tennis!
 
Frank Galvin 3-1 over Ruben Campbell, a new Spaniard
Richard Sugar, a previous winner fr/ Seattle 3-0 over Jayson Wingfield
 
AND THEN IN A TIEBREAK TO 7-5
FRANK GALVAN OVER RICHARD SUGAR.
 
FRANK WHO NOW LIVES IN NORTHERN FL.
IS THE MAN TO BEAT.
 
EVERY SATURDAY AT 2PM
COACH FRANK ,  AT YOUR SERVICE

 

 
   
 

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