It’s been a strange week. With regards to my UK Visa and my trip to Israel for Futures, there has been absolutely no progress. I have not heard a word from the British Consulate in New York, I have not had my UK visa approved yet and I have not received my passport back. Therefore, I can go exactly nowhere. My plan was to leave for Israel next week Tuesday and make it there in time to sign in and play qualifying in the second tournament of three in Herzliya. At this point I am just hoping to get my passport back in time to make the third and final tournament in Israel. It is becoming incredibly frustrating.
It’s the first week of August, and the professional tennis tour has returned to the hallowed grounds of the All England Club for the second time in a month. A month ago, Roger Federer once again reigned supreme taking his 7th Wimbledon title, and now the battle for Olympic gold has begun. Many of the top players had their eyes on the Olympics for a while, like Roger Federer seeking his first Olympic gold in singles or Andy Murray playing in his home nation of Great Britain. The Grand Slams are always important, but the Olympics only come around every four years and present a unique opportunity to represent your country and be remembered forever as a national hero.
Another player looking forward to the Olympics was Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who up until just a few days before the event was not only Spain’s best chance at a tennis gold medal, but was slated to have the honor of being Spain’s flag-bearer in the Opening Ceremony. An incredible honor, and one that Rafa did not take lightly.