Following the Futures in Los Angeles I feel like I’ve had a lot to think about. My knees really let me down in the later stages of all three tournaments. They haven’t bothered me too much on the doubles court in the past but this time around it seemed like every time I got 2 or 3 rounds into the tournament they locked up and made the next couple of rounds a real challenge. My biggest concern was general mobility and pushing off on the serve and return.
Going forward my plan is to take a little time off and see if I can get my knees back to a place where I can be competitive. Initially, my plan was to travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe in November to play four Futures. Unfortunately, I was just notified by the South African Tennis Association that all four tournaments have officially been cancelled and postponed until early next year.
This news has somewhat thrown me for a loop and I’m busy looking into other possible places that I can go in November and December. Right now it’s looking like the two viable options are Thailand or Senegal. I’ll keep you posted and update you as soon as I know where I’m going. Thanks for reading!
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.