It seems as if things are slowly coming together. I finally managed to find out that my passport and visa should be processed by Tuesday and back to me by the end of next week. So that means I should be able to make the second future in Israel, which starts, with qualifying, on the 8th of June.
In other news, I managed to get into the Vince Dente Memorial Tournament at the Avila Bay Club in San Luis Obispo. I went to Cal Poly so it will be great to be back in the town that was home for three years. As of right now I’m entered in the singles and the mixed doubles draws, and I’m looking around trying to find a partner for the men’s doubles. I play my first match tomorrow morning at 8:30am at the Avila Bay Club. It’s all worked out quite well and it will be great to get some match practice in a familiar place.
I’ve been working on a few things in the last week so it will be a good opportunity to see how my adjusted strokes transfer over into a match. Over the past few weeks I’ve been struggling to hit through the court. After spending a few hours on court with Buzz (Charles) Strode, a former quarterfinalist (at least) of every Grand Slam in doubles, I realized I have to get the racquet head down on both sides and extend my swing. I have a tendency to shorten up my swings, making them a little too compact and close to my body, and being 6’4″, that’s ridiculous. I should be swinging for the fences. So, that is exactly what I’m going to do this weekend. Stay aggressive, extend my strokes, and lean on the ball. It’s a little risky but it’s how I need to play, and quite honestly it’s how I’ve played in the past when I’ve had my best results. Stand tall and swing away! We will have to wait and see how it all plays out.
If you’re anywhere near San Luis Obispo this weekend come out and watch the tournament. There should be some great tennis on display!
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