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.
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…