A couple weeks ago my life was at a crossroads. I had just finished up the Pacific Northwest circuit, having played some great tennis at the end and needing to figure out what next to do in my life. I was low on funds for travelling, but still felt I had some good tennis left in me and I wanted to keep traveling and seeing the world. However, I needed to explore all of my options.
A couple of weeks ago I found myself in the right place at the right time, and found out about an assistant coaching job for the men’s program at Florida State. The Seminoles have been a national powerhouse in the last decade, having been a staple in the top 20 in the nation year in and year out. I felt I needed to explore this option further.
I called the coaching staff in order for them to get to know me and vice versa. After a couple of interviews they offered me the position. After a day of reflection and some conversations with important people in my life, I decided this was an offer I couldn’t refuse. My next move would take me to Tallahassee, Florida.
Looking back, it’s been an incredible year that I’ll remember forever. Starting with the Northwest circuit last summer, building my confidence and getting match experience to prepare me for the year ahead on the tour. My first trip abroad to play tennis in Laos and Thailand, where I picked up my first ATP points, and then proceeded to tear a ligament in my knee. I came back home to Redondo Beach, where I rehabbed for months attempting to get my knee strong enough to play again. After a few months, I was back on the circuit, watching the seasons change from winter to spring in Quebec, and then once again heading back to Thailand. After more awesome experiences abroad, I headed back to the States, where I finished up with another summer in the Northwest.
It has been an incredible journey and I want to thank everyone involved for helping me along the way. Thank you to Tennis Warehouse for your support, as I could not have done it without you. Thanks to my coach Hugh Bream, who I would always call when I needed advice, and who kept me focused each step of the way. Thanks to my parents for their undying love and support. And thank you to Charlie Cutler, Brad Bator, Matt Simpson, and everyone in the Northwest, who shared all my traveling adventures with me and made the grind of being on the road transform into life long memories.
My dream of playing again is not gone. I am planning on keeping my strokes sharp by hitting with our guys, and staying fit so I can play at a high level next summer. I’ll assess in a year again where I’m at and whether I want to do it again. With a year’s experience, I know now what it takes to be successful at the professional level. I’ve learned a lot that has made me a better player, better coach, and ultimately a better person. The memories I’ve created will last a lifetime, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who read my blog and was interested in my journeys. Hopefully we’ll have more in the future.
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