Making the most of it

Practicing on the grass, getting ready for the next tournament.

Practicing on the grass, getting ready for the next tournament.

Following my match on Sunday, mentally I was in a bit of a bad place. I wasn’t thinking rationally and I was incredibly negative about everything. Honestly, when you’re on the road, in a hotel room, by yourself, it’s very easy to get negative. I felt like I had wasted a good opportunity and now I would have to pay for a hotel room for a week for nothing and just hang around and wait for the next tournament.

Thankfully, after talking to some friends and family via Skype, I was able to get my mind off the loss, off the situation and into much more positive territory. So, on Monday morning I got right back to work. There was a great gym at the club which they allowed the players to use, so I took full advantage of that. Every day I put in a good gym session, some work on the bike and tried to get two hits a day. Early on in the week the weather wasn’t great which made getting courts a bit of a challenge, but by Thursday the weather had cleared and I was able to get some great practice on the grass.

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A friend of mine told me in Israel that these tournaments are all about how well you can come back from a loss, and I’m really starting to believe him. Realistically you’re going to lose a match every week, and what separates the good from the great is how quickly you can get over that loss and get back to work. It took me a day or so to get over my loss, but thankfully I was able to turn things around, and it ended up being a great week of practice.

On to the next one…

Matt

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