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#TBT — June, 1980, Texas Sectionals, San Antonio, Texas

This happened 40 years ago this week:

It’s from the finals of the 1980 Texas Sectionals Championship for Boys’ 18-and-under at the McFarlin Tennis Center in San Antonio.  I won the match and the tournament by beating Neil Adams 6-4, 6-2.

As far as I can tell, I am just following through on a backhand return of serve from the deuce court.  That high follow through was the key to adding topspin and had turned my backhand into a real weapon.  Coach Danny O’Bryant of TbarM Raquet Club had put that wrinkle to my game about two years earlier, and whatever success I enjoyed flowed from that.

The photo is also a window into my more-than-slight OCD.  I had won the same tournament on the same court the year before, and so for this match twelve months later, I wore the exact same clothes.  Same blue & cream adidas shirt, same cream & blue striped shorts, same visor, same wristbands, all of it.

Talbot Davis

Talbot Davis

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Talbot Davis is the pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Talbot has written edited thousands of sermon series, including five that turned into Bible Study books published by Abingdon Press. Talbot shares his experience on preaching for Christ in his sixth book release, Simplify The Message, Multiply the Impact. His sixth book is ideal for both new and veteran preachers, seminary classrooms, and preaching workshops.
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