It has been nice to have a bit of a break in the last few months. I have just had the one tournament in Texas and otherwise life has been very busy, but good at the same time! At this time of year with fewer tournaments, I like to get back onto a schedule of doing more off-court workouts, and harder practices. I try to do an upper-body workout every other day or so, and lots of sprinting and anaerobic type work throughout the week on the track or various machines. For the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to have a coach who works with me once or twice a week in the winter. We do some of these off-court sessions together, as well as drilling on the court at the club I work at. In return for his help, his 14 year old daughter hits with me during most of these sessions. That might sound like a weak partner for me, but as I mentioned a few times last summer, she is in the top 10 nationally for her age and has a bright future. She is very capable of hitting a good ball and giving me a good practice in the drill setting. I was lucky enough to have my girlfriend come to watch a recent practice, and she took some interesting videos of some of the types of training that we do on the court:
It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Things were so awful emotionally for me not long ago, even during New Haven. But right now, none of it matters. Because it has made me a stronger and better person in numerous ways.
Another title under my belt after a fun and hot week of good competition at the Aquatennial Tournament!
Day of the SemiFinals
After getting up at 5:30am for a work meeting, I had my semi-final match at noon. It is starting to get really warm here in Minneapolis, as it was up to 97 degrees today!
My opponent was a college player who has been on the Wisconsin Green-Bay team. With a big serve and nice looking strokes, I knew I would have to focus especially on returning today so that it would not get too interesting, and that is exactly what I did. I played overall very well from start to finish, with the main factor being my returns both consistent and aggressive. From there, as well as after my own serves, I was finishing a lot of short balls with putaway forehands. It was pretty smooth sailing as I won the match 6-1 6-0. Lots of friends came out to support today along with a good sized general crowd, which makes this event more fun.