It was a Mark Family event at the Nebraska City Summer Open held June 6-7. Brian, Dana, and Renate Mark were the only Fremont area participants. Here are the results.
Renate Mark played in the Women’s 4.0 Singles Division. In the first round she was defeated by Amanda Crook of Peru, NE, 5-7, 2-6. In the consolation round, Renate had a victory over Sara Crook, also of Peru, 6-3, 6-3. In the post-match interview, Renate was very excited to have a win in the 4.0 division in her first tournament back on the circuit. It seems she has re-caught the tournament fever. The 4.0 division was won by Callista Pass of Omaha 6-2, 6-0 over Amanda Crook.
Men’s 3.5 Singles Division: Brian Mark and Dana Mark played in the Men’s 3.5 Singles Division. In the first round, Brian lost 6-4, 2-6 to Paul Beutler of Omaha. Brian later posted on Essential Tennis Forum, “(My opponent) went to a serve and drop volley game that totally befuddled me. I could get to a lot of them, but he was standing right there to put it away. It didn’t matter too much what I did against him at net, he was quick enough to get to lobs and had a huge wingspan, making it really tough to pass him… He chopped at a lot of stuff and never really knew where his shot was going… and when he didn’t know, I had no way of reading it.” Brian now has his sights set on the Columbus Summer Open tournament scheduled for June 13-14.
Dana Mark also played in the Men’s 3.5 singles division. Dana won his first round match, 6-2, 7-6 (2), over Francis Cuba of Omaha. He then lost in the semifinals 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6 to Brian Richmeier of Omaha. Richmeier was the winner in the Final, 6-4, 6-4, over Jeff Holland of Omaha.
On a somewhat sad note, at 3-5 in the last set, up 30-5, Dana pulled a groin muscle. He played the game out, but lost the game, which was the end of the match. However, that was not the end – there was still a doubles match to play. Read on.
Men’s 3.5 Doubles Division: Brian and Dana still had a doubles match to play. It was the finals, and Dana didn’t want to let Brian down, so he played with a pulled groin. (not the smartest thing he ever did.) With Brian having to cover most of the court due to Dana’s injury, they lost the match 6-4, 5-7, 5-7 to Larry and Eric Marrow, another father-son team from Lincoln.
Dana later posted on the Essential Tennis Forum, “Brian played an excellent doubles match which was more like him playing singles against the other two with me in the way. I had no business being out there playing with an injury, but I didn’t want to let Brian down and I thought we had a good chance to win even with my injury (which was almost true). I basically stood in one place and hit anything I could reach without moving more than a step or two, and Brian covered about 95% of the court. As you can tell from the score, he did a great job covering my back.”
Dana will be out of tennis for a while to recover from his injury. So Renate and Brian will have to carry the Mark Family tennis banner.
By the way, you can see a photo of a Tennis IronMan at Essential Tennis Forum!