Tournaments on the horizon

Conquering the sand dunes on Dockweiler State Beach.

Conquering the sand dunes on Dockweiler State Beach.

The last few weeks have been a bit of a challenge. Between apartment hunting and coaching it’s been difficult to find the time to really dedicate myself to the cause. I’m happy to say that I’m on the right track again. I’ve found a place to stay in Irvine, 5 minutes away from where I train and coach, and therefore things are looking up.

I’ve entered myself into four tournaments in the next month. A men’s Open tournament in Santa Maria on the 31st of August, and then three Futures in a row in the Los Angeles area starting on the 6th of September.  I’ve got 11 days before it all kicks off, so I’m going to use the time I have in Irvine to train as hard as I can. For the next two weeks I’m going to be hitting twice a day, running, training in the gym and doing as many footwork exercises as I can.

Gathering my breath between sprints

Gathering my breath between sprints

My strokes are coming along nicely. The new service motion is still a work in progress but it’s starting to feel more natural. The thing that I’ve been struggling with the most is my movement. It seems difficult to keep up and get into the positions I need to be in. I don’t know if it’s a mental thing because of my knees, or if it’s purely physical, but either way I’m determined to improve my movement before the tournaments start.

I feel like court movement is almost like a dance.  If you don’t practice it, you don’t do it very well. It’s almost as if I have to retrain myself to move correctly because I’ve got into some bad habits over the last few years. So it’s time to get the jump rope and the ladder out, get after it, and try to improve a little bit every day.

Matt

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