All Systems Go!

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My paperwork has finally been processed at the UK Consulate and my visa has been approved. They tell me my passport along with my visa should be returned to me in the next 48 hours. So, finally I have some good news to report. Unfortunately, due to the delay I’ve missed the first two tournaments in Herzliya, Israel, but thankfully I’ll be able to make the third and final tournament which starts with qualifying on the 14th of June. From Israel, it’s on to England for the month of July and three Futures on grass in Manchester, Felixstowe and Ilkley. Growing up in Zimbabwe we had a grass court at home, so I’m really looking forward to getting back onto the surface I was raised on.

From there I have a decision to make. I’ll either return to the United States to play in a Challenger in Aptos, California (If I can get a wildcard into qualifying), or I may stay in England for three more weeks and play two more Futures in Nottingham and Cheswick. There’s also an African circuit that goes through Gabon which starts at the end of August and goes for three weeks. That may be a good option due the relatively weak strength of the tournaments as well as the fact that I think it will be an amazing experience to go to place like Gabon. I’ll just have to wait and see how I do in the coming weeks, and then I’ll make that call.

For the time being I need to stay in the present. Especially now that my paperwork has been processed and I know that I’m going to be playing in my first Futures tournament next weekend, it’s time to buckle down and take care of business. I feel like the last few weeks I may have lost my focus a little bit, due partly to the frustration of dealing with this nonsense on the side and simply not knowing when I’ll be competing, or where it’s going to be. It’s like training with no short term goal or tournament in mind, never a good idea. I need to get my head back in the game now that I know the plan.

On a completely different note, I just finished watching Serena Williams’ semifinal match against Sara Errani at the French Open. While I’m not particularly fond of her, I can’t ignore Serena’s sheer talent and brute strength. She is unbelievable to watch. How anyone can beat another top player 6-0 6-1 in the semifinals of a Grand Slam is just beyond me. Hopefully Maria Sharapova can give her a better run for her money in the final! On the men’s side of the draw, now that Roger’s out, I’m hoping for a Tsonga miracle!

Chat soon,

Matt

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