Today I am writing you from beautiful Singapore. We’re staying at the Marina Bay Sands — just a simply unbelievable Hotel. I have never seen a Hotel pool like that. Take a look, the view is just amazing!
Beautiful infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The Singapore Championships are really very, very special to me. Not only because this could be the last championship for me (you never know ) but the people, the housing and organization have been outstanding. Everybody who is involved is working so hard to make this event a special memory for all of the players. I am just feeling very privileged to be a part of this tournament. To actually qualify for the championship has been very difficult and I am so glad Kata and I made it this year! It was a bumpy road for both of us with ups and downs but…we made it and that is what counts! You’re trying all year long to get here, this is the goal and dream for all of us. We made it and are still hungry for more!
Today Katarina and I have our first round match. We’re playing Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. They are the number one team in the world and we sure have to play our best if we want to beat them again. But of course we will try! Kata, our coach (Torsten), and I just finished our pre match meeting where we watch videos of our opponents and discuss as a team, what might be the best tactic for tonight’s match. We have played them so often and have actually a great record against them, so we hope we can continue with that tonight, we will see.
Yesterday, the tennis world lost a legend. Chances are, if you have picked up tennis in the last 50 or so years, you have learned a thing or two from Vic Braden – player, instructor, author, innovator and lover of all things tennis.
It was no secret that this man loved every minute he spent on the tennis court. And if he could help you out with a forehand or backhand, his smile beamed even bigger. Famous for making his students laugh, Braden leaves a legacy of devotion to the sport and tennis innovation.
The list of contributions he made to the sport is endless. A co-founder of the Jack Kramer Club in California, Braden was known for creating interest and enthusiasm with tennis. He had a way of teaching that made tennis fun and kept players in the sport for life. He used video analysis to really break down fundamentals with his players and had an interest in studying everything about tennis. He created a tennis college and research center in Coto De Caza and then followed up with more of them in Utah and Florida. He also founded the Junior Tennis Ambassador Program, which helped younger kids learn at a young age how to coach others.
Braden, who passed away at the age of 85 of a heart attack on Monday, was still teaching his “Laugh and Win” style of tennis up until March of this year. The world of tennis is better because of him and we will miss his infectious smile.
Play with heart,
October has begun! And while we are all enjoying pumpkin flavored everything, another great thing that happens this month is the explosion of pink things and Breast Cancer Awareness. An annual campaign starts every year on October 1 to not only help create awareness of this disease, but also work on finding cures and raising money to do so.
In a sport like tennis that is dominated by strong women at every level, this cause hits home for tennis players all over the world. There is a good chance you know someone who has fought a battle or had a scare with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Behind skin cancer, it effects the highest number of women. However, since 1989, the death rates from breast cancer have been declining as a result of better treatment and earlier detection through screening and increased awareness. Right now, according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.