With a retreat style, he moves forward

“I lost every time,” he said. “I did not want to try again.”

And yet, against the backdrop of all this net-play pessimism, there is a crescent, equal to 6 feet, plus a dirty blonde skin cleanser that gives it an extra inch or two. He comes back from the first serve, the second service and the opponent service when he feels the chance. He enters after each short ball he sees and even when the opponent passes three points in a row. He believes in the enthusiasm of a member of the service-and-flight cult, even if it is one cult.

“This style can take me to the top,” he said after losing to France in the open in the first round, and when he says ‘top’, he means first. After all, it was a loss on clay that has long been a kryptonite for service-and-volleyball.

Cress has been battling conventional wisdom for decades and is trying to master service and volleyball as he was a promising junior player in France. The French Tennis Federation mostly told him to stop it as if he was whining during training. If he was going to play like that, they wanted a lot to do with him. Cress did not move.

“I liked it,” he said Tuesday night after defeating Auger-Aliasime, the sixth Canadian and fashionable dark horse at Wimbledon, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7. -6 (5). In the second round on Thursday, he will face another American, Jack Sock. “If this is what I love, I can do it and make it as effective as possible.”

Cress trained at the academy in high school last year and was transferred to play at UCLA, where coaches saw some potential for him in the reserves. They were right and he became the 2019 Couples College Champion.

But Cress never stopped believing in the idea that his sport neglected a style that could be incredibly effective for a lone player with great service, movement skills, unbridled self-confidence, and sprinting, skating, bending, crouching, sitting, and so on. Stretch for the balls until they land. Hence the painful back after last Tuesday’s match.

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