A Fortnight Saga – Wimbledon

Twilight: Eclipse comes out in a few days, Wimbledon has begun, and here at Tennis Warehouse, we’re celebrating both by combining the two events.

Are you for Team Roger or Team Rafa?

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Chico Futures Qualifying

June 19, 2010

Lost a tough match today in the first round of the qualifying, 4-6 6-4 6-4, to a very familiar foe. We grew up in the same town practicing together weekly, played on rival high school and college teams, and now in my first tournament back I face him again in the first round. It was a tough match all the way through, but I found myself getting a little emotional during the match which got me away from my game plan a bit. I got caught up in our “rivalry” (though it has always been friendly and respectful between the two of us), and when I start making mistakes I let my emotions get the best of me.

It’s easy to get irritated or real disappointed with a match like today, but it is so important while you are on the road to stay positive. The worst thing about a loss is you come away from it with good things to work on, which I definitely did today. Being around the tournament you can tell which guys have taken hard losses and let it get to them, wearing on them until they are zapped of all their positive energy. They look like war-worn veterans who have been in battle after battle, walking around the tournament like wounded soldiers. Their passion and energy for the game is gone, their effort starts to slip, and they go from tournament to tournament because the game has become a drug for them. The game takes over their lives and becomes their existence. That is what it’s like for the struggling, road-weary tennis professional.

So it’s my job to stay positive, fresh, and enthusiastic, in order to make it in this world. You have to challenge yourself to be the best-prepared and most positive person out there in order to give yourself the best chance to succeed. Otherwise, you just sink right into the pack of struggling players who never make it out of the Futures events into the higher-level tournaments. Therefore, tonight as I reflect on the match and in the coming days as I prepare for the next tournaments, that is my challenge; to be optimistic, positive, and remember that it is only a game, a sport that we are all privileged to be able to play day-in day-out. Detach from the results, and treat every match as a learning opportunity. Learn, forget, and move on.

Next up I will try to get into the main draw of the doubles event. The players with ATP points will have priority into the draw, and they only accept 16 teams, so we will see what happens. Depending on how that goes, my next event will be an Open tournament in Roseburg, Oregon which begins on Thursday the 24th. Stay tuned for more updates on the road from Chico!

-Andy

Wildcard Tournament, Day 2

June 18, 2010

Lost my first match today in the semifinals of the wildcard tournament 8-2. Just could never really get it going out there. The 8-game pro set format is tricky because you must start off well; otherwise it is difficult to dig yourself out of a hole, which is exactly what happened today. However, I’m very pleased with my play over the past two days. I couldn’t have wanted much more from my first tournament back in almost a year, and as the great coach Jose Higueras once said, “the worst thing about a loss is that you come away from it learning where you can improve”.

Later this afternoon is the sign up for the qualifying, so all the players are hanging around the club, getting some practice in, and waiting to sign up for the qualifying event. It will be a 64-player draw, played up until the quarterfinals, where the eight quarterfinalists are awarded spots in the main draw. Action will begin tomorrow morning, and in preparation I will be resting today, watching some World Cup (and how about the U.S. making that second half comeback this morning against Slovenia!), and perhaps hitting the jacuzzi this evening so my muscles can relax. I will be doing lots of stretching and hydrating today as well.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed as sometimes it can be a luck of the draw (no pun intended) for guys with no ATP points to get into the qualifying draw. Sign up is this afternoon, and the first round will start tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for more results!

-Andy