Back in the US

On a training run in Manhattan Beach, CA.

On a training run in Manhattan Beach, CA.

I’ve been back in Los Angeles for a week, and its been anything but a jovial homecoming. While it’s great to be back on familiar turf, there have been one or two unforeseen circumstances that have forced me to move out of my apartment in Huntington Beach. All of which were totally out of my control, but what can you do? So, I thought I better just slap it in my diary of a struggling pro.

With all the excitement of packing up boxes, taking apart Ikea sets, and hiring UHAUL trucks, it’s been difficult to find the time to practice and focus on my game. Thankfully I had great workouts the past couple days with an old friend and former rival from UC Irvine, Fabian Matthews, so that really helped me to get back into tennis mode.

Surprisingly, my game is coming along nicely. As I talked about in my previous blog, I’m altering and tweaking a handful of things in my game and I’m happy to say that while I obviously need many more hours on the court to make these changes second nature, they seem to really be having a dramatically positive impact on my strokes, thought process and confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed my practice today and I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow and working on my “new” strokes.

On a bit if a sadder note, it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to get into the Challenger up in Aptos next week. The tournament has changed to a week later in the schedule and unfortunately, for me, that means that there are a lot more players inside the top 400 looking to play. On top of that I found out that I’m not going to be able to travel to Canada to play the two Futures in mid August. It turns out I do in fact need a visa for Canada, and that process takes a minimum of three weeks to complete. So that’s out.

So, my game is coming together, but I have nowhere to use it right now. Therefore, my plan for the immediate future is to keep practicing, keep working on the changes I’ve made, put it all together and find some tournaments to play in the next few weeks. If I can’t find any feasible Futures tournaments I might have to give the money tournament circuit a go for a little while. I’ll keep you posted.

Matt

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