Yesterday I played the #1 seed in qualifying to get into the main draw. He is from Australia, is currently ranked about 1000 and is only 17 years old. Though he is young, he has a lot more experience than I do playing international tournaments and he is getting top notch coaching and has hit with the likes of Tipsarevic and Sharapova at the Australian Open.
Though I have been having some issues with my knee and some feet blisters at the moment, I was definitely feeling ready to compete hard. Right off the bat, the umpire told me my shirt’s logo is too big (ITF rule) as well as the one in my bag. The referee comes out and gives me a slight scare, but they let it slide this time.
Fortunately, the weather co-operated today without rain, and we got a full schedule of matches in. I had a warmup with my friend again who played at 10, and then I was 3rd match on my court. While I rested, I was able to watch the rest of the Wimbledon final — which was incredible to watch, as the finals never disappoint!
My match began around 1, and it was pretty windy. With my knee that I hurt last week still bothering me and being a little nervous, I was hoping not to come out flat. I started the match with 2 long points on my serve, losing both, but came back to win the game. This eased my tension a bit and I started playing pretty well. We had some close games that I was behind in, but I kept focused and won most of them to win my first round 6-1 6-1.
It is nice to get the first win under my belt after traveling so far, but there’s a lot left that I want to accomplish. Today will be tough against the #1 seed, a 17 year old Aussie ranked about 1000. Hopefully I can play well and I’ll be ready for a long battle. I would really like to get that ATP ranking… 2 wins to go!
After 2 full days of driving up to Saskatoon, we arrived at the tournament sign-in. It doesn’t seem like a year has gone by since I was here last. It definitely made the travel much easier with someone else driving!
I got a practice in with a friend of mine from Winnipeg, and right when we finished it began to start pouring. I watched the process of the draw being made using numbered poker chips. You can never expect easy matches at these things, and I definitely have a challenge to win 2 matches to qualify. I’ve never seen my opponents play but from what you can see on paper, it will be tough.
I am playing pretty well and know that if I can perform my best I’ll be right there with anyone. I’m well rested, but almost have had too much down time. Today was supposed to be the first round matches, but it rained all day and no tennis was played. I just have a couple minor injuries but I should be fine. I’m third match on Sunday, and I will update soon again!