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The second round

Posted on June 21, 2013 in Pro Tennis Talk

Me serving against my second round opponent, Ashley Hewitt.

Me serving against my second round opponent, Ashley Hewitt.

Going into the match I kept thinking what a great opportunity this is. Looking back, I think this hurt me.

I started the match surprisingly tight even though I had no reason to be so. I was the clear underdog playing against Ashley Hewitt, a player currently ranked inside the top 500 in the world. However, for some reason I felt the pressure. It could’ve been because I knew that while one ATP point was great, another win and a couple more points would be ideal and an opportunity that I might theoretically not have for a few weeks, as you never know what can happen in the qualifying rounds. Negative much? My word, terrible.

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Qualifying in Israel

Posted on June 17, 2013 in Pro Tennis Talk

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All good news from Israel!

Fortunately, I got a bye in the first round of the qualifying, so I was scheduled to play at 3 pm on Saturday afternoon. I was drawn to play a young, local player from Tel Aviv.

I got off to a flyer, serving well and just playing solid tennis, and before I knew it I had the first set in the bag, 6-0. He played much better in the second, however I continued my good form, winning the set 6-2.
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Greetings from Israel

Posted on June 17, 2013 in Pro Tennis Talk

Israel has been quite an experience so far. I feel like I’ve been here for a week. I arrived early Thursday morning at the airport in Tel Aviv. Thankfully, shortly thereafter my bag appeared on the luggage carousel. Having grown up in Africa that’s always a welcome sight for me and a small victory in itself.

From there I caught a train to Herzliya, which took about 45 minutes with all the stops and the changing of trains. From what I saw along the trip I must admit I was a little nervous and apprehensive. Mile after mile of run down blocks of flats, really rough neighborhoods and a diverse, interesting array of characters on and around the train. Another thing that really struck me and made a huge impression was the number of “kids” on the train and sitting at the station in their military fatigues. I’ve heard a lot of stories about the Israeli Army and their policy of conscription. I believe it’s a compulsory 2 years for woman and 3 years for men, but I was shocked at the sheer volume. I saw hundreds of “men” and “women,” many of whom were no more than 18 years old. What was even more frightening was that an M16 rifle seems like a standard accessory for many of these youngsters. I would say that was the most eye opening experience for me so far. It definitely gave me some perspective and a deep sense of gratitude for the situation I am in right now.
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