Youngest team takes break point through the legs |

Youngest team takes break point through the legs

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

A single break point in competitive doubles tennis can transform an entire set, so when it boils down to winning all of your service games, every point matters — even if it’s a fluke.

That’s why losing the break point in the Men’s Century Division, a division where the participants’ age must equal or exceed 100 years, hurt so bad for David Lee and Ken Robinson.

Lee, 60, of Reno, and Robinson, 59, from San Carlos, Calif., lost to Rick Taylor 51, of Aptos, Calif., and K.C. Jackson, 49, of Santa Cruz, 3-6, 5-7 in the championship Sunday at Zephyr Cove Park.

But it’s how they lost the 20th annual Tahoe Classic Tennis Tournament title to the youngest team in the division that hurts.

Down one set and tied 5-5 in the second set — the one that really mattered — the break came on Jackson’s through-the-legs-volley over Lee and Robinson, who were both at the net.

“That was the break point and that was ugly,” said Lee, a former professional basketball players with the Oakland Oaks and New Orleans Buccaneers in the ABA before it merged with the NBA. “Once you break, it’s a tough game to hold.”

The two nationally-ranked senior U.S. Tennis Association players pounced on their elders in the seventh game for the championship.

Taylor and Jackson also competed in the Men’s A Division until they ran into the Reno team of Dan Ott and Rob Medeiros, who would later win the division.

“I’ll be smarter next time and not play both events,” Jackson said. “By the end of (Sunday) we were both tired and playing young bucks. They’re very good. We had plenty of chances and didn’t make the plays.”

Teams that played in more than one division played four matches on Saturday.

“We were a little flat and they played the big points real well,” Jackson added. “It’s all about getting two or three key returns and you’ll win the game.”

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